Thursday, August 7, 2014

Building A Woodshed

This month we have spent Brian's days off building a wood shed together.
  It has been a trying, satisfying, rewarding project. 
Firstly, we planned where we would build the shed; facing away from the weather and near the cabin. Secondly, we discussed how we would build it, including a field trip to a local log built shed we admired, giving the children an idea of what we were about to undertake.
  
Day One: Brian and the boys selected smallish dead standing lodgepole on our property, 
cut it down, and hauled it back to the lodge. 
 Meanwhile, I darted into town to purchase pier blocks and screws.
Once home, Brian and I used the dumpy level to figure the length of our 6 support logs.
  Next, Jim used the brace and bit to drill holes for the logs to accept re-bar off the pier blocks.





Our shed is 10 x 20.  We used three logs in front and three in back, with a fall ratio of 5/12 for the shed roof.  Most of the cost for this shed is the 8 inch Torq screws we used to fasten everything together.




 On the second day, mid rafter cutting, the chainsaw broke down. 
 We ended up cutting the rest of the rafters with a hand saw. 
 This gave us much awe and amazement for all the men who have built entire log structures with hand saws!!
This really slowed us down, but was also a great learning curve for all of us.

The horizontal side pieces are notched in for a tight fit.



These smaller brace pieces could be cut with the chop saw, thankfully. 
 At the end of the day I brought home a second chainsaw from a yard sale for $40.  
 Preparedness lesson learned: Always have a backup tool!
The primary saw will be in the shop for more than a week...meanwhile...
we have to finish this shed and get to filling it.



The shed just needs the roof on yet, which will be next week's work.
  We have some used metal that we have been saving for just such a project.
We'll use some scrap 1 inch under the metal.
 Now I can see that all those piles of random building materials really are useful!
(smile)



Summer is at it's end and we'll be needing that shed full of wood very soon.
We plan on putting some major time in toward that end next week...then on to canning season...
 and all the fun of fall will be here before we know it!


Blessings to you this day-

Julianne

4 comments:

Rebekah W. said...

GLAD TO SEE YOUR BLOGS AGAIN! I SO ENJOY EVERYTIME I SEE YOURS COME ON MY LIST! LOOKS LIKE YOU ALL ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL SUMMER!TAKE CARE UNTIL NEXT TIME.

Mrs.Rabe said...

My husband keeps busy with fire wood too, and we just use it to supplement our heat. He does supply wood for my parents as well. All the kids get involved too.

Deanna

Kelly Stevens said...

Looks great!

Rob said...

Now I have an earworm - a parody on "Do you want to build a snowman" from the movie "Frozen"

Do you want to build a woodshed
To keep the firewood close and dry?
Do you want to balance the beam
While I square it all up by eye?

We can use some local lumber
and local labor too
To build it up sturdy and strong
Do you want to build a woodshed?


This will be running through me head all day...
Ask my long suffering wife and son parodies pop into my head all the time.