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Garden Shack (Hobbit Hut)

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Project by linjay posted 351 days ago 3327 views 32 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife saw a shack like this on Pintrest and this project became a ‘must do’. Except for the cedar shingles and OSB sheeting on the roof, all material was salvaged from various sources. Everyone who sees it really likes it. It’s only function is to make us feel good when we look at it and to store a few garden tools.

The 4’ x 4 ft base used to be a landing for temporary steps, The framing was made from 2×3’s that were very twisted—so they were perfect. The roof rafters were made from multiple pieces of 2×6 to create the curved shape. Stringers from the front to back rafters are also 2×6. The door is curved at the top so my wife can just go in without ducking. I got a shock when ordering shingles. 5 bundles at about $50 per. The weathered 4/4×6 on the front, back and sides were donated and really enhance the look.
If I were building it again I think I wouild make the back shape slightly different from the front – so that it was completely skewed—with no right angles anywhere.
If anyone would like drawings contact me at ljnetbook@surenet.net

-- It's easy when you know how. Ontario, Canada





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obi999

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#1 posted 351 days ago

Oh, this is a real eyecatcher in the garden, looks absolutely great. Very cool Job!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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murch

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#2 posted 351 days ago

Far from being a shack. Great job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 351 days ago

Great work!! I really like it!!
You got me with the title(Hobbit Hut) I am a JRR.Tolkien fan!!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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DaveGlx

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#4 posted 351 days ago

Sweet as. Beautiful project mate. Well done!

-- Dave -

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Skylark53

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#5 posted 351 days ago

Very good job on a fun project that will be very practical and aesthetically pleasing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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TexPenn

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#6 posted 351 days ago

Very Nice!!!

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com

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Buckethead

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#7 posted 351 days ago

Sweet build! Must see some shots of the guts of the building. I’d really like to understand your technique used for the curved rafters using only 2×6s.

Having done curved rafters previously, I did them with larger dimension lumber and much waste, or with plywood glue ups where the length/radius prevented the use of dimensional lumber.

I often see oak trees with curves and think I should start collecting them. ;-)

(Built in radius rafters/round top windows and trim/arched timber framing members)

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Woodbridge

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#8 posted 351 days ago

What a great little shack. It is so whimsical looking and fits in so well with the surroundings.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 351 days ago

That’s a nice quaint garden project and definitely is an eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 350 days ago

Awesome…! I wish my entire workshop had that look.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 350 days ago

love it very cool

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Christophret

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#12 posted 350 days ago

But Hobbits live in holes in the ground…
Nice build!
reminds me of the one i just built my grandaughter.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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Francois Vigneron

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#13 posted 350 days ago

Neat. I would love to have that view from my window. It also remembers me of the high altitude mountain shelters. Would be fun to spend one night in it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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GerardoArg1

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#14 posted 350 days ago

Great job! Like the design

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Surfside

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#15 posted 350 days ago

Way beyond my skill set! You did a great job on this hut. I like the framing and the work you put on the roof! Nice job. Real eye catcher!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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