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Blog entry by stefang posted 05-30-2015 05:30 PM 2362 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The reason
My wife doesn’t like storing our big gas grill in our garden shed because it takes too much space (and she keeps buying more outdoor furniture to store in it over the winter). My solution to keep her sweet is to build a small shed to house the grill year around in the area on our terrace where we use it.

Construction details
The shed isn’t too different from any other building and a frame could just be knocked together with a hammer and nails, but what’s the fun in that? So looking for a way to stay in my shop and have some fun (it’s been raining every day anyway) I decided to do the side frames with mortise and tenon joinery and pinned joints. I know this is way overkill, but I had a lot of fun hand chopping the 12 mortises and I was real pleased that they were the most accurate ones I’ve ever done!

I did the tenon shoulders on my tablesaw to ensure nice 90 degree cuts, and then I cut off the cheeks and edges with my bandsaw. The glue-up went like a dream on my new big bench. Picture below shows dry assembly of the first side and you can see some of the tenon cuts in the background for use in the 2nd side and a couple of the mortise cuts also on the bench.

I also pinned the tenons in place A point about pinned tenons. They are used to draw the tenon shoulders tight to the mortised piece and they are used primarily in lieu of clamps. This is done by slightly offsetting the pin holes in the mortise slightly off-senter to the pin holes in the mortise piece. This is especially helpful if the joint can’t be clamped, but if it can be clamped you can glue-up the joints, clamp them, and then drill the pin holes without any offset then glue the pins in which will allow you to remove the clamps right away before the glue dries. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of clamps or if they are too unwieldly

The next photo shows the two sides finished. Weather permitting I plan to do a test fitting into the space for the shed tomorrow and to make sure that the grill is a good fit before installing the boards that bind the ends together.

This was actually meant to be posted yesterday, but I’m having some issues with my photo gallery on my MAC.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 07:31 PM

From where I’m sitting, it sounds like you are enjoying the shop time more than the build. The joinery should prove to be a interesting looking shed. So far so good. Stretch it out as long as you can.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 07:56 PM

I agree with you Mike.
Hammer and nails would do ok but being a craftsman like you are gives you a wider choice in the construction methods. Your joinery method will make for a sturdy shed and after you complete the work you will have the good feeling of knowing it was built a much better way. Hope to see more pictures when it’s complete!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 08:50 PM

Nice, I like it.

And I agree with your choice of technique. It is hard for me to even think of hammer and nail type construction for these framing members. I think you chose well, but don’t try to do it professionally.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 10:08 PM

OK I am off to read up all about Pinned Tenon Joints then will come back.
Wait till you see me three legged miter joint project!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 05-30-2015 10:38 PM

Ok I am back,
Well that didnt take long..
did you mean pegged? or possibly wedged,
I will look closer at your pictures.

Looking looking looking and reading as well, I get it!, .......I think

Maybe I shall just wait untill the shed has been finished !

This is going to be one interesting Blog!

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 05-31-2015 12:51 AM

I love it! That is doing it your best way and overkill is not a factor when you are enjoying the work

nice going , my friend!!................cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 05-31-2015 10:48 AM

I think your “SHED” will be a great conversation piece at your cook-outs.
Look forward to seeing the finished product.

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 03:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. This shed isn’t meant to be a showcase for my woodworking skills, but it is about enjoying the work as you have guessed. A nailed timber frame would be just as good and it gets covered with siding anyway, but I try to use every opportunity to maintain the few modest hand skills I possess. I also like it when there is a challenge involved. In this case the challenge is to come up with a front door/cover that will look attractive, but let the rain water run off thoroughly without sitting in any seams and rotting it away. We get a lot rain here so that is an important feature. I haven’t got a clue yet as that part of the design. It will have to be finalized when the rest is finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-31-2015 03:39 PM

Mike, very happy to read the story of the construction of the shed. This took me back about 30 years when I had constructed a stand for a big fish tank. I thoroughly enjoyed doing mortise and tenon joints pinning them as I did not have a big clamp. I had no access to table saw and band saw and thus my skill was tested.
As usual your narration of the project paying attention to finer details is remarkable. When completed it is going to be a wonderful gift to your wife.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 05-31-2015 03:48 PM

mike, thank you so much for the great email you sent, i will respond very shortly, i really like this idea and i think its great your doing this like a large custom box, great joinery and so fun to do, i know your wife will be happy with the end results, keep at it my friend, and i know there are more costs to this then just the wood…;)....bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 06-01-2015 12:24 PM

It’ll be a 1st class shed for your big gas grill. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 06-01-2015 08:50 PM

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-01-2015 10:42 PM

Hope you don’t mind me flipping your photo Mike!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 06-02-2015 12:18 PM

Not at all Tony, but those photos shouldn’t even be there. I just took them to experiment. I’ve been having an issue with posting my Iphone photos in LJ. It keeps turning my correctly oriented photos on their side. The only fix I’ve found that works so far is to resize my photos before I post them. This has happened recently after Apple made some major changes to their photo app. A real pita.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#15 posted 06-02-2015 02:25 PM

Hi Mike. I didn’t think you wanted those photos here. But what do I know? LOL!
Maybe this might help you….

When I shoot photos holding the phone shown below they post the way I want them to face. Hope it works for you!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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