It seems that there is no way around using toe-nailing unless you want to use a crazy amount of metal angles to build this chicken coop according to plan. Well, I did a bit of practicing and it’s not that hard after all, and it locks the wood together very tightly. Use a 45 deg. guiding line to get the correct angle – I have drilled holes for the screws beforehand so that the wood doesn’t split:
You can just force the screws in – the wood will tear a bit allowing the head of the screw to be buried below the surface:
Or you can use a bigger drill for the head of the screw if you want a cleaner look, plus it also keeps the wood from splitting:
This was done to strengthen the top of the main frame.
I’m also toe-nailing the braces for the door and the window frames:
Below is a picture of the window frame (left) and the door frame (right) mounted on the coop main frame:
Next I’ll be building the nesting box placed at the opposite end of the coop.