Tractor shed build, part 1
Initially I parked my tractor in the workshop, but it just took up too much space. I then parked it in one of these cheap car garage tents. (video). It barely fits as long as I take the bucket off the front end loader and pull out the exhaust pipe.
But these tents are flimsy and aren't built to last. It's exposed to wind where it is, and the fabric is chafing apart where it rubs against the frame. And the frame too is flimsy. I worry that the wind might knock it down or blow it away, so I always tie it down to the tractor when it's parked in there.
So my plan was to build a shed for the tractor, inspired by these car tents. This would be fairly minimalist, but tall enough that I wouldn't have to take the exhaust off the tractor, deep enough that I could keep the front end loader on it, and wide enough that I could also park the lawn tractor next to the tractor.
The oiler on this electric chainsaw stopped working, so I manually oil the chain from time to time.
I attached a piece of plywood to the chainsaw bar, with spacers, which sets the chainsaw at the right height to cut the slot. I also have some stops attached to the plywood so I consistently cut the slot 6 cm deep.
Then lots of brad nails to help secure the spline in place.
The first frame will be the back wall, and it will have horizontal cross pieces every 60 cm or so. I'm screwing the top one in now to reinforce the frame and it and because it's easier while it's on the ground.
Raising the first frame by pulling it up with a strap while standing on my scaffold in the corner.
And gusset plates in the other corners too. First I sanded the old wood to get a fresh surface for better glue adhesion, after that, I attach the plate with a few screws to squeeze it down, then a whole lot of brad nails.
Then attaching the first frame to the base plate. I had the frame leaning against the scaffold, so I put the base plate at an angle to be able to attach it square to the frame, then adding a temporary brace to keep the angle.
Then raising the next frame. I had a strap wrapped once around the cross brace of the previous frame, with a weight on it. The idea was that the weight would be enough to pull the strap as I raised it, but friction would be too much to pull it back. But the wood was too rough so the strap didn't pull on its own. I had to precariously prop up this frame and then walk over to pull down the weight.
And why did I build this inside the shop?
But, doing all the lifting with my left arm, I ran into tendonitis problems with my left arm bicep too, which left me without being able to lift much of anything. And that in turn made me realized I really couldn't do the sort of projects that a tractor would be handy for, sold the tractor instead. I figure the tendonitis should get better perhaps over the course of a year, but not if I'm constantly tempted by outdoor projects. Rachel also wasn't happy in the country, having to drive to do anything, so we decided to move. I gave away what I had built of the shed so far to Matt Carrier, who erected it on his property and filmed the process.
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