A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #4: Assembling the structure

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.
(See Below)

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!!
(See Below)

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

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Madts ...

Waiting for the smells from the grill coming my way.

Madts.

Thorreain ...

Looking great!

lanwater ...

It fits nicely in the surrounding.

Well done Mike.

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Well done. Well done

lightweightladylefty ...

Mike,

It’s looking good!

L/W

Mike40 ...

This little project is taking a long time, but it’s way better than doing gardening work!

My wife has been bustling around planting flowers while I worked on the shed and we give each other a hand as needed. she planted some ‘katteminte’ It is a plant with a lavender colored flower and the cats love it. Our cat went and layed right in the middle of it, rolled around on it, stroked the stems and ate some leaves off it while my wife looked on with a worried expression of horror.

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Lol. Well surprise her with one of them outdoor tubes for cats. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16126
then you can put the tube near that flower and stick the cat in there and both are happy. Remember that old saying if momma ain’t happy no ones happy. Lol

Mike40 ...

More cat fun today. My wife went out to water the cat mint and the cat got mad and scratched her hand! This is way out of character for our cat, so she must really like that plant and has obviously taken ownership of it. After the watering she laid on the plant and rolled around in it even though it was still wet. We have bark in the bed so at least she didn’t get muddy.

Jeff Vandenberg ...

You need to get the cat tube. Wow hope your wife’s hand is ok.

Steve Tow ...

Jeff, that cat tube is cool!

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Yeah id hang out in there. I’m a cool cat. Lol just kidding lol. Its a great idea for individuals who want to take their cats outside and it gives them the security of that cat not running away. They actually make cat mazes.

Mike40 ...

Sorry Jeff, I didn’t see that link (going blind?) in your comment. We don’t really need a tube for her. She likes it where she is. Those tubes would be great way to air cats during a trip when traveling by car or rv as they are apt to run off in a situation like that, especially with me driving!

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Lol mike.