My next big project is to construct a new outdoor shower enclosure at the back of my mother-in-law’s beach house.
The current phase is design, which I think I’ve finally finished using Sketchup. I had been struggling with Sketchup until I heard about a web site called http://www.sketchupforwoodworkers.com where there were tutorials specifically for using sketchup for woodworking. That got me hooked and within a week of starting Sketchup I’ve come up with a very complete model of exactly what I want to build.
If you haven’t used Sketchup yet or are hesitating or just can’t figure out how to get started, check it out and check out sketchupforwoodworkers and watch the tutorials. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can build a model of exactly what you want to do and be able to see it 3D and rotate it around, looking at it with and without parts of it displayed. It’s a truly marvelous tool, and the best part is, it’s free.
I was fortunate to have some friends over about 10 days ago and mentioned this project to my woodworker buddies and one of my friends said “Hey, I have a pile of cedar beams stacked in my back yard that I need to get rid of to make way for a new shed.” Well, my son and I went over there and to my delight I found 38 beams (2.625” x 5.5” x 6’). That’s a lot of cedar. Perfect for an outdoor shower. So, it’s now stacked in my garage and I’ll start milling it up this week. It’s nice to have friends!
My design was built around this pile of wood! Here’s what I’m planning, complete with pergola, shower grates, etc:
and here’s a view of what the “bones” look like with the vertical siding boards installed:
-- Neal, somewhere near Boston