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You might be wondering why I am going to all the bother with such a heavy construction. Well, the weather gets pretty hairy here in the Fall and Winter, wet and wild! We are very close to the coast and we our house also sits on the highest point in our town which is well above sea level, so we get some pretty high winds and strong storms here. I’m not planning to attach it to the house wall as I want it to be easily moveable when we wash and paint the house walls. Luckily it’s sitting in a more or less protected place, but it isn’t a good idea to be too optimistic.

Trial Fitting
With the sides completed I wanted to make sure the actual pieces will actually accommodate my gas grill and also fit the space reserved for it. I plan to cover the sides with the same siding panelling on the house, so it was important to leave some space for the thickness of that panelling on the shed sides in the rather confined space where the shed will be located as shown below. The space between our rain gutter pipe and our washroom window turned out to be just big enough to accommodate the shed. Whew!

Preparing the Stretchers (connecting pieces)
The farm is constructed with what you would call 2X4’s in the States, but which are actually 1-3/8" thick and 3" wide. The stretchers on the back will be the same dimensions while the top stretchers are the 2X4’s with half the thickness. I resawed the 2X4’s in half for those pieces.

After cutting all the stretchers I marked them for drilling the screw holes for fastening to the end frames, as shown below

This blog is probably pretty boring, but I was out of the loop so long that you can just consider it a sign of life.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway


That must be why outdoor BBQs are so popular in Texas. aYou won’t have to worry about high temperatures here Madts. In fact they are predicting a rather cool summer here this year due to El nino. We could see a fair bit of rain, but I hope not. I like a cool climate best actually.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Well Mike at least you do not have to do this in temps exceeding 100 F/ 38 C. I had to give up yard work because I became intolerant to heat, anything above 35 C. I stay inside. That means 4 months out of the year.
Great looking yard. Typical Scandinavian.


-- Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Thanks. Way too much space Abbas. My ideal would be a yard about the sized of a doormat! Luckily the garden is my wife’s domain. I only work there. I used to love gardening, but not since my back and knees got so bad. My advice is to stay young as long as you can. Is that an oxymoron?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

I thought I should show you the rest of the garden since some of you were interested. The first picture is sometime in March when I power raked the lawn to remove all the moss (and most of the grass along with it.) Our whole garden is in the shade from late fall to spring, so that’s why so much moss. The last photo was taken this morning. We would like to have more flowers but the dreaded Iberian slugs have invaded Norway through plants imported from Holland and they can multiply into many hundreds in a single garden where their favorite flowers grow. We have managed to keep them pretty much away by planting flowers and shrubs they don’t much like. The lawn hasn’t quite recovered yet as it has been an unusually cold spring this year. I am expecting a lot of rain this summer. Good for me, bad for my wife.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Thanks guys. I rarely do any house improvement projects. The only major things I have done were to build my workshop into the carport side of our garage, the garden shed, the decks around the side and back of the house and finally this BBQ little shed.

The garden is all to my wife’s credit. When there’s some heavy work to do there she just chains me out in the area to be worked and releases me when it gets dark (about 11:30pm in the summer here). Otherwise I keep the lawn clipped.

Don’t forget that mesquite Madts!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

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