14th Dec 2015, 05:44 PM #1
Fletty's new shed WIP ....or is it a retrospective??
I've sort of retired and my dream, other than winning Lotto and buying the Terry, Phoebe, Colen cabinet, is to expand my shed to let me do MORE woodwork in a space that is big enough that l don't have to go outside to change my mind. Another hobby of mine due for resurrection, is leadlighting and strangely my first free man commission is to make a set of leadlit windows!
My current shed, which has been disparagingly described as fletty' tadis (by others !), to my eyes, looked a bit like this....
.... although in truth, it often looked like this
and, worse still, like this....
In this little space, l had made sets of 3 tables and 6 chairs, but it was a chore and some pieces got bumped and damaged even before leaving the shed. There is no way I could make a set of leadlit windows in here. The time has come to do something about it. My thanks to those who had noticed that I currently wasn't making anything, hadn't joined the Christmas toy challenge, was exhibiting other signs of withdrawal and so enquired after my health, both physical and mental!
And so, fletty's shed build commenceth!.... donít vomit in the hire car!
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14th Dec 2015, 05:56 PM #2
Here is a thought Fletty.....when you get invaded in March with all the sharpening enthusiasts, remove their car keys on arrival and don't give them back until your new shed is operational
(the word "press-gang" comes to mind)Just do it!
Kind regards Rod
14th Dec 2015, 06:01 PM #3
First, the site had to be cleared. A lot of manual labour, willing assistance from neighbours and a massive Council kerbside RUBBISH pick up followed.
The little green shed (LGS) which has been in 3 other locations on my block and 2 prior locations on my next door neighbours', still refused to fall apart. However, I needed somewhere to store 'stuff' that was going back into the new shed so LGS was moved to its 4th location to soldier on for a while yet.
To move it, l fell back on an old Chinese method. I cut 4 holes in the walls, passed 2 timber beams through the holes and, with the aid of 3 neighbours, it was lifted from inside and carried down the block.
By the time we had reached its new home and we had stepped outside, all of those who had been watching on, were in howls of laughter...
It has since been described as a cubist artist's version of a large green cockroach wandering aimlessly around the back paddock ..... donít vomit in the hire car!
14th Dec 2015, 06:15 PM #4
To keep costs down, l was doing a lot of the labour and site work myself. Consequently, l am currently as fit as a Mallee bull and l think that everyone should have to lay flat on a cold slate floor every night to straighten their backs before going to bed!
The removal of LGS, exposed a thicket of privet (try saying that quickly!) that had to go. I got the professionals in and 8 extremely polite and efficient young men from CPE arrived who dealt with it. It was cut, shredded and stumps poisoned in the time it would have taken me to start the chainsaw.
l then dug out part of the bank and started on the retaining wall....
I used a product from from the Big Green Shed (BGS) made IN AUSTRALIA under the brand name Ridgi ..... it is brilliant!
...and I managed to get it finished before the concretors needed access..... donít vomit in the hire car!
14th Dec 2015, 06:33 PM #5
The concretors arrived on the scheduled date (!) and formed up the slabs for the shed.....
the Sharpening GTG viewing gallery and BAR......
....and a smaller slab to put the DC outdoors.
Unfortunately ( ?), l couldn't be there on pouring day but I returned from a mate's 60th birthday party in the Snowy Mountains NP to find that all had gone well but clearly they must have missed my 'input'....
For the first time l gained a real impression as to the size of the beast....!
..... and the view from the Sharpening GTG viewing gallery and BAR.....
Being the aesthete (NOTE: NOT athlete!) that I am, it was the first time I had noticed the empathy between the shed and its surrounds....
image.jpeg.... donít vomit in the hire car!
14th Dec 2015, 06:50 PM #6
Another of my tasks is stormwater drainage so l reinstalled the tank previously hidden behind LGS....
... and loosely installed the poly pipe and fittings that will gravity feed rainwater to a tap at the BAR.
As I turned around to admire my handywork, b*gger me, there was a truck driving into the back paddock with the flat pack shed ...... 2 days early!
And that, my friends, is where I am as at knock off time tonight. Everything has gone to plan or ahead of it but, I am a realist, and I'm aware that there is always a risk that Murphy may yet find where I am.
Chambezio, there will be plenty of work still to be done in March but press ganging is so 20th Century! I will be bribing and coercing via sausage sandwiches ...and rainwater for Whisky!
fletty ( currently laying flat on a cold slate floor!)
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14th Dec 2015, 06:55 PM #7
Pretty good work for a frail old retiree.
I hereby volunteer to assist in any way I can, especially with the electrical side of things.
14th Dec 2015, 07:08 PM #8
14th Dec 2015, 07:35 PM #9
You can't even press it twice in a row. Have to wait 3 secs. Yes I tried
14th Dec 2015, 08:13 PM #10
As I see it, fletty has been a champion for many on the forum, including myself. I can feel a posse coming on. Time to either pay it forward, or as in my case, backward. Numerous pick up and deliver favours etc, including the current rather tedious one.
I know PERZACKLY how your back feels flettmeister. AND I know the non-alcoholic cure. A metric cup (250mls) of Epsom salts in a bath, soak your back for 20 minutes, and then reassemble. You'll be a new man....reckon you'll feel no older than ooooooh 66 or so. In the short term a Pharmacy can supply for ridiculous money (but you'll say it was worth it), and in the longer term you can get 25kgs delivered for ~$64 on eBay.
Actually, I think a free bag of ES per year should be part of the benefits that come with turning 65
14th Dec 2015, 08:25 PM #11
14th Dec 2015, 08:41 PM #12fletty' tadis
Good luck with the rest of the build. Are you going to line the inside?Pat
Work is a necessary evil to be avoided. Mark Twain
14th Dec 2015, 09:18 PM #13
Lining, or not, is one of my dilemmas. Ive got used to working in the old unlined and uninsulated shed but the new one is perpendicular to the old, so I now have a whopping great corrugated iron wall facing west?
I will at least line and insulate that wall before making the storage racks that go against it.
My other (significant?) dilemma is location of the DC and this will also have an impact on localised wall lining.
I'm waiting for the shed to be erected and then I'll stand in it ....and THINK?
Groeneaj found a supplier of 1200 x 2400 x 12 sheets of plywood for only $25 each for his workshop and even in the intervening months it has only gone up to $28 so lining really is both feasible and cost effective.
However, my OCD instincts say that I will regret it if I don't line the walls before I start installing permanent stuff?
Re the DC location, I have now obtained an anemometer and, while I have a clear shed floor, I'm going to mock up DC installations relating to different locations and actually measure flow drop-off. At the moment, the architecturally best DC location is 8 metres from it's biggest customer, the drum sander. The next 2 potential locations are respectively 5 metres and 3 metres from the drum sander but have increasing difficulty in external venting.
I'm not complaining though, I will enjoy solving these dilemmas but I do desperately want to get back to woodwork!
fletty.... donít vomit in the hire car!
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