We recently built a tractor shed/office building in the village where I live and work with the Hewa tribe. All the wood used for this project was from pine trees that we cut down and slabbed ourselves. The tin, though, we had to have flown in on a small, single prop Cessna. The shed is now used to house the small tractor and slasher that we use to keep our grass airstrip cut. The other side has two small 8’x8’ offices for me and my co-worker that we use for language study as we...
Sometimes you have to put the wood work aside to take care of other stuff around the place. I’ve noticed online quite a few people wondering if you can raise or move a shed. Here’s living proof of how quick and easy it is. Normally I have one of my several gardens next to the shed as well but this year I had to put it off because the shed was sinking into the ground and being taken over by ground hogs. I had to raise it 4”. The shed is 10×20. Empty I figured it to be ab...
Took me a couple of hours to put up the 30 pound roofing paper, and about half a day to do the shingles. I had never done shingles before, so I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take. I used just over three bundles of shingles, plus about a third of a bundle of ridge caps. I used Tamko’s Heritage 30 year architectural shingles – color is Natural Timber. Our house and shed were re-roofed in 2008 with these same shingles, so now every structure in my yard is visually ti...
It took me a full day to get the roof framed…AND I had previously cut and marked the ridge beam and all of the full length rafters (ie those that didn’t intersect with a valley rafter. I knew the roof would be hard (because of the gable and valleys), but I didn’t think it would take a full day. I have a book on framing, and it tells how to measure, mark and cut hip rafters and intersecting rafters. But after reading it twice, I decided it would be quicker and ultimately...
I just wanted to post an update on my progress so far. I decided to use vinyl siding instead of T1-11 for the siding and my uncle is giving me leftover metal roofing from his garage for free for the roof. I got 7/16” OSB to sheath the walls and roof. I got the sheathing on all the walls and then assembled all the trusses and started putting them up today, but then I got rained out before I could finish. The trusses are 16” O.C. with a foot overhang on each side. Here are some p...
The playhouse is going to go in an unused corner of our yard. There is currently a little tree and a couple of bushes in that corner. I’m going to keep the tree and one bush, but relocate the other bush. All of the landscaping in that corner was put in new a few years ago. But the bush that is getting transplanted never really did well there. So maybe it will be better off somewhere else anyway. In an ideal world, I would have used poured concrete footings as the supports fo...
I plan on starting the playhouse this weekend. I got all the lumber delivered today. Since the weather isn’t looking great for the next two days, I’ll probably just do a lot of measuring, marking and cutting of wood. I’m also going to try to prep the site where the playhouse will go. With the exception of paint, hinges, tar paper, LP smart trim and door latches, I have already purchased everything I need. I’m big on having lots of various size and finish fastene...
I framed my walls with 2×4s laid 24” O.C. There will be a window on the left and right wall that I got for free from work, and then there will be a 36” steel door in the front. All walls came out square and plumb. I am glad that I designed it on Google SketchUp first because I ended up having just enough lumber as planed. Thanks for looking. Now I have to get material for siding and the roof.
A good workshop starts on a good foundation, or in my case a temporary cinder block footers foundation. I did not want a permanent foundation so I used cinder blocks footers to support the pressure treated 2×6 floor joists that I used. I laid them 16” O.C. and then insulated them with R19 fiberglass insulation. Then I used 3/4” tongue and groove OSB for the sub-floor, I screwed down the OSB so the floor doesn’t squeak. In the end, it came out level, square, and very stu...
I have two kids, both girls. They are four and a half and two and a half, and have since accumulated lots of stuff that takes up lots of space. My 8’ x 10’ shed outside is already full to capacity. A lot of its floor space is taken up by the kids’ bikes/trikes, motorized Jeep, wagon, etc. I decided I need more storage outside. But instead of making it just another shed, I thought it would be more useful to make it primarily a playhouse that doubles as a shed for the...
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