|Project by rainman||posted 742 days ago||3215 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
We had been talking about this project for a long time and this snowless Iceless winter seemed like the perfect time to prepare for winter 2012-13. I was given free reign to design and build a shanty large enough to accommodate 6 to 10 men fishing and socialization(beer and barbeque). Started with an 8×10ft floor plan that includes 4 staggered 12 inch square holes for Jigging, 2 benches 18”x84” along either side and a 24” kitchen counter top across the end opposite the door. Framing is 2×2 studding 16”OC with 2” solid foam cut and fit tight between studs. The windows are not framed as in normal construction. They are made from 12”x48” pieces of 1/4 inch plexiglass that are pre-drilled and screwed to the outside of the studs just as the 1/4 inch chip board is. This type of construction turned out to be incredably strong and with the insulation shouldn’t require any more heat than the Coleman cook stove. We may add a small tin hood over the stove, with a 3” chimney and rain cap to provide ventilation and prevent the build up of CO2. Without windows that open this will be a must for saftey reasons. Tin roof with a 4L12 pitch and a 6” overhang all the way around, and collar ties to keep the walls from spreading under a heavy snow load. I think you could pile 5ft of snow on this without a problem but usually wind and sun will do a good job of keeping the roof clear. The walls are 6ft high and ceiling height at collar tie is about 6ft 6inches. A 32inch door provides plenty of room for men in heavy winter gear. The benches are kept 22inches of the floor so 5 gallon buckets with tipp-ups and other supplies store out of the way. Kitchen counter is 36” high for comfort and allows plenty of room for for food and utensil storage. The counter was covered with leftover vinyl floor covering that let us roll it 6 inches up the wall for a back splash. The runners are laminated 2×8”s Curved at both ends and attached 8 inches in from each side. 1 1/4 inch black plastic pipe was heated with a torch, flattened and screwed to the bottom of the wood runners with while the plastic is still warm. This recesses the screws and washers so they don’t drag on the ice. Eye bolt tie downs in the corners just below the window lines for trailering and anchoring on the ice. A couple of coates of a good exterior paint and she’ll sit till the next ice fishing season(which leaves plenty of time to add things like tow bar,outside folding work counter and anything else). I know it sounds heavy but it really isn’t , two men easily slid it up and on to snowmobile trailer! This is the last in a long line of shanty projects, so if you have any new ideas I would love to hear them for the next one.
-- So much wood, So little time