Building a Shed

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Blog series by ChadR updated 08-19-2011 05:01 AM 7 parts 28885 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Planning Process

08-15-2011 02:05 PM by ChadR | 1 comment »

I started this project as anyone should, with a proper plan. I realized i needed a workshop shed after I saw how many projects I had stacking up. I started my design as a small shed of 6×10 but thought that would be to small. I changed the design to be 8×8. This helped with adding more space for movement inside the shed as well as helped with not having to rip plywood boards too much. I used Sketchup to make my plan. Designing the shed on Sketchup took about a week and a half.

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Part 2: Purchasing the Material

08-15-2011 08:45 PM by ChadR | 1 comment »

I went to Home Depot after a lot of price checking. I picked up 52 2×4 studs, 12 plywood boards, 4 4×4 and 6 piers. I rented one of their trucks and took it over to my house. Then I went to a few garage sales in the area and found two great windows, haggled a bit, and got a great price for them. Now I am all ready to start assembly.

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Part 3: Building Day 1

08-15-2011 09:02 PM by ChadR | 7 comments »

I started the first building day by assembling the two floor pieces and one of the window walls. Got the window all framed in and I am ready for the next building day.

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Part 4: Build Day 2

08-15-2011 11:07 PM by ChadR | 1 comment »

Build day 2 was much like day 1. I completed the second window wall with a little help from the wife. I also completed the back wall. Now all I have left to complete is the two roof pieces and the entrance wall. I am starting to run out of lumber and realized I under estimated my lumber needs. I will have to make another run to Home Depot.

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Part 5: Build Day 3

08-15-2011 11:15 PM by ChadR | 2 comments »

Build Day 3 is going to be a short day. I have limited lumber due to under estimating. I started by framing the entrance wall. The door is going to be a little bit smaller then I thought. I am going to have to duck to enter but that’s okay. I ran out of lumber just in time to complete the entrance wall. I threw on the plywood and then cut out the doors. I then started to lay out the pieces in the spot for assembly. I will have wait till the wife gets home to move the other pieces into l...

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Part 6: Build Day 4

08-17-2011 01:45 AM by ChadR | 3 comments »

Today I assemblies all the walls and floors together. I used 4 1/2” and 6” hexbolts to attach the pieces together. I did this because I am only renting the house I live at and want to be able to disassemble and take it with me when I move into my own house. Unless my landlord wants to buy it off me (fingers crossed) I designed the shed to be assembled this way and I am really proud of myself that its all coming together. Tomorrow I will hopefully finish the roof.

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Part 7: Final build day

08-19-2011 05:01 AM by ChadR | 7 comments »

Today I spent about 6 hours finishing up my shed. Well finishing the construction of the shed. I completed the roof bolted it to the rest of the shed and then built the doors and attached the lock. I have moved all my equipment into the shed and all that’s left in this project is to paint it for weather protection.

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