The shed of my dreams #4: Uncle John

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 10-06-2014 12:27 AM 1738 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Let the planning begin! Part 4 of The shed of my dreams series Part 5: Reality! »

I’m notorious for over-thinking, overanalyzing and basically spending too much energy navel-gazing. This blog is intended to get some of it out of my head. I’ll be glib, sarcastic and flippant in my other posts. Who knows how this one will turn out. It may be a train wreck, so reader beware! If navel-gazing doesn’t hold any appeal or distraction for you, move on. If you’re allergic to estrogen, move away quickly.

My own personal rules are to not to spend more than 30 minutes on any one post. I can correct a mistake if I catch it right away, but can’t go back. If I post it, I can’t edit or delete. I tend to edit things to death and have been known to delete my posts before it’s too late.

If anything resonates with you, feel free to chime in.

9:12 pm
I just got off the phone with my Uncle John. He is headed up here in 5 days time for the shed build! It’s actually going to happen. In anticipation of his arrival, I got the site prepped, and finished the floor yesterday.
Here’s a picture before the floor was put down.

The first blog I posted about this shed was two years ago and I clearly remember being discouraged that I may never get to build it. Last year, over a few drinks, I finally asked my uncle if he would help me. He had a big grin on his face and the plan was hatched.

Let me tell you about my uncle. When I was little, he was the completely impractical uncle. He bought me a 3 foot high teddy bear and took me for a drive on his motorcycle against my mother’s wishes. He took me with him to the dump and I was amazed when he gunned the truck in reverse and hit the brakes so that the contents would slide out.

After I grew up, I got a chance to get to know him as an adult. He’s down to earth, hard working and one of the nicest people I know. He’s very handy and builds decks, gazebos, stairs etc without any plans and mostly with a skill saw. Our extended family is prone to drama so it’s always nice to spend time with him and his wife because they are the antithesis of drama (did I use antithesis properly?) For the past 9 years, he’s been dealing with a rare form of blood cancer. He’s done chemo and now manages as best he can. He manages by keeping busy and doing as much as he can when he’s feeling okay. I think it runs in the family – the busy thing, not the cancer.

The shed is going to be 16×12 with one end for the snowmobile to drive through.

So now I’m giddy with excitement. As much as I’m excited about the shed finally being built, I’m just as excited about spending time with my Uncle John.

9:26 pm. Off to read about trusses.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 12:34 AM

I’m gonna hurry up and comment before you delete this!

Your uncle John definitely sounds like my kinda guy. Y’all will have a great experience doing the shed together.

Have fun and remember to pace yourselves!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 12:53 AM

Always good to start a project. The planning can be part of the fun. Hope it goes great for you.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 12:55 AM

Very cool Sandra….Uncle John is a keeper, sounds like a great project for both of you…..enjoy it! Looking forward to the updates!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 01:44 AM

Looks fantastic, Sandra. Great job..

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 01:46 AM


Congratulations on getting it off the ground.!Trust me when I say “it will never be big enough.” That goes for my garden shed, the Catty Shack ( feed outside kitties in winter ) and it’s their winter home now. I should have built each one a little bigger. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 10-06-2014 01:46 AM

Sounds like a lot of great memories soon to be made. And a shed too!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 10-06-2014 01:47 AM

2 years in the planning stage….
& here I thought I was the resident procrastinator!!! ;^)

The foundation/floor looks robust. Good job!

Sounds like next week, with the help of “Uncle John”, will be a busy one.
Enjoy the build & the time with your uncle…. Please don’t forget to take pictures!!!

Looking forward to future progress reports…. just not to far into the future!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-06-2014 03:14 AM

Great start. I think I would really like your uncle!!............cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 03:18 AM

Take Uncle John to get lumber and then surprise him when you get back to the house, put the vehicle in reverse, gun it and then hit the brakes….you get the picture. Have fun!

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 10-06-2014 03:46 PM

Those floor joists look strong enough to hold quite a few heavy tools and snowmobiles. I take it this is to
keep the snowmobiles off your expensive lumber and to store any excess wood you might acquire? Hope
you have lots of fun with the build.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 10-07-2014 01:02 AM

Thanks folks.
Gus – yup, the main plan is to have as much of the non-woodworking ‘stuff’ out of the garage. And the trusses will be beefy enough to hold lots of lumber. Hoo-ha!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 10-07-2014 07:16 PM

I think your uncle and I would get along great. He sounds like a fun (aka: crazy) guy!

And even if you dont do the “slam on the brakes in reverse” thingy, make sure you tell him how you remember him doing this when you were little. I can guarantee he’ll love that memory!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 10-07-2014 10:56 PM

glad to hear your gonna get to build the shed.uncle john sounds like a great person to be around.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 10-08-2014 11:02 PM

It is going to be a great weekend for you to remember for years to come. Mark a few nails that he drives as a reminder that you can visit later. It’s those little things that bring back the best memories.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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