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.
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