One year on


I’ve just realised that it has been one year exactly since this photograph was taken:

(See this previous post)


A lot has changed since then.

Setting up

So, here is the inside of my new shed. I took a water supply from the house and plumbed in a janitor’s sink that a friend gave me. I put up a few hooks and put my tools neatly on them. I procured some hardwood offcuts from a nearby saw mill. I just need to knock up a lean-to for the bikes and I can build myself a woodworking bench from a beam I salvaged from the old shed.

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Once my eyesight had returned back to normal I was itching to get back to business. I had taken delivery of some pressure treated feather-edged board that my local timber mill had made for me, and I soon got to work cladding the shed.

11_CladdingIt went up surprisingly easily and pretty soon I was ready to treat it with some decking oil to preserve the golden color against the elements. Continue reading “Cladding”

Shed construction

Once the  concrete had cured for a week or two I began the task of constructing the timber frame. I used Canadian Lumber Standard (CLS) for everything. I believe it is usually used for stud-work, but it is a fantastic material for building a shed. It is supplied planed and with rounded edges and is 38mm by 89mm. I got my local timber mill to deliver it in 4.8m lengths.


Using a chop saw for speed, I made my frame one wall at a time and constructed them flat before raising them and staking them in place. This way I could do the whole thing on my own. I used a circular saw and mallet and chisel to notch out the recesses for the studs and noggins and I made my stud centres just the right width so that when I started skinning with 6mm ply, I didn’t have to make too many cuts. Once the walls were up, the whole frame was bolted down to the concrete base, and it was time to start the roof. Continue reading “Shed construction”

Groundworks and slab

It took me quite a while to mark out exactly where I wanted my new shed to be. Eventually I decided on about a metre away from the house and, as per plan, the dimensions of the shed just under 4 metres by just over 5 metres (12′ x 17′). That gives me a floor area of 20m² (200ft²). I would have like to have more, but alas, I am no only restricted by the authorities in this case – the old shed was in the way, and I didn’t want to knock it down without the new one being built.

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