Storage shed

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Blog entry by Cato posted 07-11-2009 01:37 PM 5913 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, this is my current project in progress. I am framing a storage shed to put the garden and yard tools, so I can get a little more space in the garage for the workshop.

Real glad to be past the digging out for the footer blocks, and the squaring of the footers. Found that my stabila torpedo level with a right angle prism was a great help in lining up to the house and also squaring the block positions.

I had upgraded my old craftsman direct drive noisy compressor to a 200psi dewalt belt drive that is quiet, compact, and provides a wonderful air supply for my new Paslode framing nailer, which for this project is an indespensable tool. I’ve never been good at toe nailing and the Paslode will toe nail even a 3 1/2 nail without the board blinking!! I will review both at the end of this project, but I can tell you that with the dewalt compressor there is no stair stepping of nails as it cuts out at 200psi but cuts back in at 160psi, so you are not left waiting for air to build back up. This is great when your are shooting a lot of nails in rapid succession.

But I digress.

So, I have built a deck or two before but this is my first time framing, and I am enjoying the learning experience. My photos here will show where I am as of today, where it looks like I have a good weekend to get the rafters and hopefully the plywood sheathing on the roof!!

Base with rim joists
First wall
Two Walls
Four Walls!!
Okay so almost 7:30am on Sat. and time to go layout and put up my rafter ties, and then the time consuming task of cutting the birdsmouths. Don’t mind the miter work for my 5/12 pitch roof rafters, but with the 2×4’s, the birds mouth is a small but important cut, and with 20 to cut I got to get moving now so I will post pics when I finish later today or tomorrow depending on how in gear I get.

Well allright its Sunday afternoon and I did get rained on twice Saturday, and I mean a heavy downpour, so had to finish up today with the adding of the rafters and ceiling joists. Got the ceiling joists in Sat. and a few rafters, but got all of them cut, so just had to install today.

So, it was a pain running up and down the ladder, first tacking the birdsmouth cut and then to the ridge to nail the rafter, then do the matching one and then back to finish nailing the rafter to the ceiling joist and anchoring to the top plate. But, satisfaction only comes after hard work, so just did get ahead of some pm thunder and get the basic room frame in.
rafters and joists

I’ve got some clean up work to do yet, like trimming off the piece of the ceiling joist that peeks over the rafter on each top plate. My jig saw or sawzall will be used there. I also have to add some vertical stud members at each gable end, as they will serve as nailers for the siding up to the peak.

But… it was a weekend well spent getting most of this phase completed. Really I am not to far at all from getting the sheathing on the roof and then will add the window and siding to finally tie everything together, and then some roofing felt and I will be semi dried in.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 02:04 PM

Looks great so far. Can’t wait to see the finished shed. I need to build my wife a potting shed this fall. Thanks for the inspiration.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 02:19 PM

Hey Cato,
Your project is looking real good…......nice job.

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 04:30 PM

This is looking pretty good. It will be nice have a home for your garden tools. I could use a shed like this. Invariably whenever my wife wants to store something, shovels, rakes etc., they end up in a corner of my shop. I have tried to convince her that they would be better off in the upper garage but, since she parks her vehicle here, that is not going to happen!!

But it sounds as if you are having fun and learning a new skill is always a good idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 04:38 PM

good start

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#5 posted 07-11-2009 05:38 PM

Looking good!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 10:03 PM

Nice start. I’m envious. I wanting to build a woodworking shed that I can move later. I want to move out of the city to about 10 acres of wooded land. Just think of all the things those trees could make. My problem is that I don’t know a good way to connect the 4×4 skid’s to make them strong enough to survive moving. I want a 14’ x 24’ shop but I believe to be moved, the skids need to be running in the 24’ direction. I looked at several books and plans but they’re all about building sheds that are small enough to only need one board to go all the way across it. It will be a number of years before I move but would like the shop now. Any recommendations?

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#7 posted 07-12-2009 02:44 PM

Thanks all for your comments. It’s a work in progress, and weather dependent, T’storms are something we don’t have to face in our workshops!! I got hit twice yesterday which was frustrating.

Woodywoodwrecker- you are correct on the skid direction for your outbuilding, some support between the skids to prevent twisting would be needed. It would be extra work, but my first thought is X bracing the 4×4 skid. You could also get ideas from one of those places that builds sheds for delivery,they have to deal with that on a daily basis.

Tom- I don’t know if you can see it in the pics but I framed out a decent sized Pella window, 32×35, that was a clearance sale at HD for $50. I put it about 38” off the floor so that I could build a small potting bench that will go below the window.

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