Cedar Pumphouse

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Project by Jeco posted 12-31-2014 05:20 PM 927 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I made a pumphouse out of cedar as a Christmas present for a family member. The cedar was all free (to me) as it was a gift from my wife’s grandparents. (Cedar trees from their property that were blown over in a hurricane a few years ago).

Started from rough 4/4 cedar, the finished planks are right at 3/4 thick. Each plank is 7 inches wide, with a 1 inch half-lap on each side.. (overkill?). So, the visible part of each plank is 6 inches. The planks for each side are glued together and held together with short brad nails while the glue dried. (hopefully this was OK?.. will see over time!) On the inside of each side I added some support pieces that spans all the planks and is screwed to each one.

The sides are screwed together using the inside support pieces. The roof is 1/2 inch outdoor plywood that is screwed to the frame and then covered with shingles. Added little L-shaped cedar trim pieces to cover the visible edges of the plywood. Finished with 3 coats of clear spar-urethane.

After seeing the finished product, I kind of wish I had made a handle / latch out of wood.. but the hook-latch will have to do for now.

Thanks for looking! This was my first fairly large project. Critiques / comments / suggestions welcome!

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 07:34 PM

Sweet I need to make one of these for myself

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 08:17 PM

Split or sawn Cedar shingles would have been a nice touch also, otherwise a right smart pump house.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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