Sunday, February 22, 2009
Reusing the old shed
This was a definite plus. We reused the cedar siding, framing lumber, foundation beams, hardware and pier blocks. Here in Oregon, we could have recycled all this material - but it was much better and cheaper to use it again.
We did not reuse
- 1x4 flooring - tried but it was too damaged (100's of nails!)
- Cedar shingle roofing - too much moss and mold
- Windows - they were tiny and of poor quality
- Plastic and tar paper - too old and damaged
We also used up a bunch of old paint stored in the shed for primer, which worked well.
When I was grinding the nail heads to get the pier blocks free, I got a piece of metal lodged in my eye - and I need to get an incision to get it out (ouch). I had on safety glasses, but it made it's way up underneath. I'll wear a face shield in the future.
The shed size is key to using materials well. The 12 x 16 footprints gave the following advantages:
- Used full sheets of plywood for the floor
- Had very little waste in framing the walls. - The 7' height gave us a bunch of 1' pieces, which we used for shelf support blocks.
- The 12' width allowed for 8' rafters on a 4/12 pitch, which was by far the most economical
It was more expensive than a hinged double door - about $100 extra - but I think it was well worth it. It is much easier to use, and stays right were you put it.
I think the shed build was a good intermediate project, that most DIY people could handle with the right tools and time.
We really like the quality of the pulls. They are quite heavy with a nice finish and good workmanship. The design is a bit fancy, but the small size makes for an understated look.
If you have ever drilled a hole for hardware in the wrong place, you are acquainted with true frustration. Here is a technique to make sure you locate the holes correctly...
Make a "card" that indicated the height of the hole. In this case, since it is a panel drawer front, t just sits on the bottom rail as shown. If you have a flat drawer front, you can nail a little ledger on the card and measure from the top down.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Below is a closer picture of the stonework. The mortar will lighten to match the other stone in about 10 days.
Tomorrow, I need to get the rest of the drawer fronts on and add the hardware. After that, we have trim (base; crown; doors), carpet, and I will to build a small matching table for the center speakers. I am hoping to be done with the theater by the end of March (we'll see).