I finally designed and built a Slow Hay Feeder. I started off with a size that could fit a whole bale, but decided to cut back to a smaller one that could just hold 2-3 flakes. The Interior of the box is about 2’x2′. I’m using pressure treated wood. The sides and wall are actually 5/4″ x 6″ Deck boards which have an actual thickness of 1″.
Below are the dimensions and purchase list to make this 2’x2′ slow feeder. But, this is easily customizable to fit your needs!
Skid Boards (Qty 1) 2″x 6″x 8′ PT Wood
(2) @ 20″
Floor Boards & Walls (Qty 4) 5/4″ x 6″ x 8′ PT Deck Boards
Lid (Qty 2) 1″ x 4″ x 8′ PT Wood
I recommend cutting these pieces to exact size at the very end. You will need 2 boards for a project of this size in order to get the frame pieces plus brace pieces.
Note: If you have your hinges with you, I would use this as a guide for how far down from the top on the Long Walls to install Screws. I had an overlapping issue later when I went to install my hinges.
Note: I made a random-sized Brace Piece with no thought about it (see below). My recommendation now would be to make sure the length from the corner is at least 4.5″ (Because I ended up using 4″ Hinges and this is where they go. LUCKILY the length below is about 4.25″. phew!). I didn’t have my hinges picked out at this point, so I didn’t know what size spacing I needed.
Next is to install the hinges. These are Commercial Hinges and were the only ones I could find that had the holes far down enough that I could attach it to the Wall.
I’ll post an update when I know if this thing is working or not!