Building a backyard shedThis article is about building a shed, which I built in a sort of "modular" way.
I always tilted the trailer upright and other clever solutions, but I figured if I made a shed large enough to park the trailer in, I wouldn't need to do that anymore.
I had been saving any free lumber that I came across in anticipation. A friend had redone a deck recently, and I saved most of the old 2x4's from the decking. I also found some larger lumber in a dumpster.
And while on the theme of recycling, the miter saw that I'm using came out of the garbage as well. The only thing that was wrong with it was that the screw holding the blade needed to be tightened. It was the perfect tool for cutting through questionable, painted lumber.
I think just over half the wood I used was recycled.
Making the roof trussesThe easiest way to cut the notches out of the rafters was to carry them down to my workshop and cut them on the bandsaw.
After nailing the gussets to one side of my first roof truss, I flipped it over and screwed some plywood tabs to the side of it. That way, I could use it as a sort of alignment jig to arrange the pieces for the other trusses.
Having assembled the trusses in my basement workshop, I still needed to get them back outside. I carried two of out by myself, but carrying such a cumbersome item, I always ended up hitting the walls here and there. So I got my brother to come over and help. With one person on either end, it's much easier to avoid banging into the walls.
The middle truss is for the main part of the roof. It has the 2x4 cross member set a little bit lower, which allows for storing more stuff below the rafters. That's always a good place to store long stuff.
To make it easier to put long stuff in-between the trusses, the first internal truss has the cross member set higher to get it out of the way.
Making the front frameThe front of the shed is going to be mostly doors. But to get rigidity, I built the front frame with 2x6's and 2x8's, which I joined with a lap joint at the corner.
The easiest way to cut these was on my bandsaw.
I finished those cuts on the table saw. A sturdy table saw sled is handy when working with large work pieces. I could have cut it with the radial arm saw as well, but I use that saw so rarely that it never comes to mind when I have a job that would be perfect for it. A sliding miter saw would also work.
Once outside, I applied glue in the joint, and behind the gusset. By this time, I had run out of construction adhesive, so I just used wood glue. Wood glue is actually stronger than construction adhesive, but you need more accurate joints for it to bond.
Continue to Part 2