I’ve made progress on my shed! Last I talked about it – it looked like this: in the middle of my yard, with no boards and no door.
I needed to put the horizontal boards up on all four outside surfaces, to make it look nice. I had bought fence boards for this purpose. They are pine wood, which is a lighter, blonde wood color. So first order of business was to stain each one of those 32 boards. I did all this in my garage. I stacked them up and stained all the edges first, then I lined them up against the wall and stained just one side of the boards. (I used the same stain color I used on the shed’s plywood “skin”, which is Olympic’s Maximum Stain + Sealant in Tobacco, Semi-Transparent. This did require me to go back to Lowe’s a few more times to get more quarts, as I grossly understated how much I would need for these suckers!)
Once the stain was fully dried and ready to go (this took a couple of days, thanks to some rainy weather). I started to lay some boards out on the door, playing with different gap measurements between each board – from no gap (each board touched the next board) to a wide gap (which you started to see the ugly plywood backing). I ended up settling on one in the middle, where I was able to use some scrap wood pieces as a guide on how much space to leave between each board. Once I made that decision, I laid out each board on the door and marked out lines on where the boards would be nailed on. (But this part turned out to be totally useless, as I ended up not using these guides! Total waste of about 2 days worth of work – since I had a lot of trouble keeping the boards level to the ground – one side would always look higher than the other!)
I began to affix the boards to the shed, starting with the left side of the shed first. That first board was the most important one – it had to be perfectly level – which I used a T-square against the front side of the shed, drew a line (said a little prayer)and nailed that one into place. After that, I would follow this pattern:
- Measure the length of the side of the shed. (Keep repeating the number in my head as I walk through my house to the garage.)
- Grab a board, mark out the measurement. Measure again. (Measure twice, cut once!)
- Use the chop saw to cut the board. (I may have giggled manically once or twice at using a power tool.)
- Carry the board back through the house to my backyard (While praying that I didn’t cut it too short.)
- Hold it up against the shed, using two shim pieces to keep the gap in between the boards even and nailed that one into place. (Then remember to breathe again)
- Repeat process for next board. (here I go again!)
I used a nail gun, which I borrowed, that was connected to my own air compressor (thanks Mom and Dad!!!!) to drive the nails in, starting at the top and working my way down. When I got down to the part where the little shed-butt sticks out, I had to make some custom cuts on that particular board. I used the circular saw to cut out a notch in the board to allow me to be able to install one long piece into place. You can see in the image below that I have a board clamped to my Workmate bench for me to use the circular saw to cut the notch out. The next image shows a dotted line of the kind of notch that I needed to cut on the boards (one for each side!).
Then… more digging (y’all should know how I feel about this by now.) I needed to make sure there was room for the door to swing open.
Once all the boards were on (I did the door separately), and I had a nice little spot dug out. It was time to slide this baby into place.
And…. womp-womp… we realized we miscalculated some measurements – specifically, we made it too short.
But I didn’t worry too much, after all… For every DIY project: You must expect the unexpected! So what we did instead was we removed some of the deck railing boards off from the outside (you can see that in the above pic), and slid the shed so that the roof slid right underneath the railing top, instead of going over it.
Then we went ahead and hung the door. I put my veggie container garden on top. And this is where it is today! I rather like it!
Still left to do:
- Put concrete pavers into the shed floor
- Affix a latch
- Make some sort of door handle
- Build and attach the top frame for my string lights
- Figure out organization for inside shed
- Dig more around it (*cries* digging! *cries*) in order to level out the ground instead of having a little “pool” that this shed sits in
TL;DR (too long, didn’t read?): I stained, cut and nailed horizontal boards on the shed, and moved the shed into it’s place! Still have more stuff to do.