In the shop
Today I first nailed woodstrips from the top to bottom on the front and back legs. These are thin strips used to cover the cut ends of the panel boards and act as a platform for nailing on the corner trim later.
Next the strips were slightly planed to bring them even with the front and back legs. as shown here with one end in the vise and the other on my deadman which anchors to the bench top. Yes, I am showing off my bench accessories! The boards on the floor will cover the top as a substrate for the shingles and also for the front door, which I plan to build last. (See Below)
You can also see that the stretchers which connect the two sides will be sitting in the cut-out spaces provided for them. This keeps the back smooth for the rest of the panelling. (See Below)
Outdoors on the side terrace
I hauled everything out to assemble it. Here you see the how the stretchers connect the sides on the back. I have used three because it is necessary to add stiffness to the structure since there will be no support at the front except for the a top connector. I also have to add a vertical piece which I forgot so that I can also nail the back panel boards in the center because they are pretty long.
After turning the shed upright I was able to install the top stretchers. The panel boards for the top will be nailed to these. All of the stretchers are screwed on and the wooden plugs glued on top of that to prevent them rusting. (See Below)
Now it was time for another test fit with the side panelling installed. Just made it between the roof drain pipe and window molding with no room to spare! Luck or skill? Probably a little bit of both.
You can see that I have added a board across the front which will help support the top panels and give a more substantial appearance to the top. I will be using fairly thin tongue and groove panelling for the top that leaves a nice flat surface for the asphalt shingles and also allows the shingles to be nailed to them.
The panels seams nicely lined up with the ones on the house, but I had to shim the right side a little to compensate for the slight fall of the terrace boards which helps water to run off as it rains, rains, and rains here. If you are tired of droughts and burnt out lawns, this is the place to be!!
That covers the days work. I didn’t really get a lot done, but I did get tired running back and forth from the shop getting this and that. The last thing I did was to put the grill in place. (See Below)
Thanks for looking in.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway