In Part 1 I talked about the planning stage, this weekend things really got going – here are some of the highlights.
The plan was for my brother and his partner (C&K) to arrive on Saturday and we would all spend a couple of days building the shed. A schedule change meant that C&K arrived on Friday and basically built most of the structure while I was a work.
On Friday morning I left this…
On Friday evening I came home to this…
C&K found this build much easier than the last one. Not only did they have the benefit of experience having already built one of these for themselves, but having the wood pre-cut made things soooooooo much easier.
I got to do lots of sanding with a belt sander. I’ve never used one before and it was relatively straightforward but kinda boring.
What was NOT boring however, was the skill saw.
Up until now I’ve just used a handsaw to cut wood. While that’s very ‘noble’ and ‘vintage’ and everything (and suitable for certain tasks), it’s like a donkey compared to the thoroughbred that is the skill saw.
It felt like using a sewing machine. It has guides on it so you can get your cuts straight (just like seam guides). It’s fast, light and efficient. Plus, it feels credible – like you’re doing something serious.
I should probably be using a clamp rather than my foot to secure the wood but ‘oh well’.
Putting the roof-frame on took many hands. Here, my brother is teaching me how to attach it to the ‘walls’.
By the end of the day we had managed to get the structure built and the flooring installed.
Next weekend we’ll do the wall cladding and the roof, and then it will be done.
What I’ve learnt so far
If suppliers agree (you pay them) to do something and then say they can’t, it’s their responsibility to come up with a solution
My supplier informed me that they weren’t able to pre-cut the wood to my requirements. I pointed out that I had purchased from them on the understanding that they would do just that. So, on this occasion they found a way to get it done. Yay.
Things will go wrong – don’t stress
In my excitement over the skill saw I managed to saw through the deck. Woops. It was a good opportunity to remind myself that (a) it’s a really old deck that is going to be replaced eventually anyway, and (b) at least I didn’t saw through my foot.
I have an awesome family
C&K made time to help me out on this. They answered all my questions in the lead-up to the build, they stayed overnight (sleeping on my floor) so that they could get a good start on the second day, they gave me their time, their leftover materials and lent me their tools. My brother was super-cheerful and patient throughout the whole thing (especially at the end of the day, when I was not). I am very grateful.