A OUTDOOR STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GRILL #3: Stretchers and Siding Panels

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Blog entry by stefang posted 06-02-2015 05:55 PM 5450 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Sizing the Shed Part 3 of A OUTDOOR STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GRILL series Part 4: Assembling the structure »

I am back on the job after celebrating my wife’s 75th birthday yesterday. We are now slightly over 150 years old combined. We have learned a lot over our lifetimes, but much of it is outdated and we are too tired to use the rest. That’s life.

Today’s work
I drilled all the screw holes for the boards (I’ll call them stretchers) that connect the two sides. I used a bit that drills the hole, countersinks it and leaves a hole for a wood plug. You probably have these or have at least seen them. Combined with plug cutters they are very useful. I am plugging the holes to prevent the screws from rusting in our wet climate. You can see all the stuff including the cut plugs (photo below)

I went to our local building suppliers to buy the panelling this morning. They only had the treated kind and it is always stored outdoors (no cover). It was soaking wet as it was raining hard today. I had to cut it up with a handsaw to get it into the car.

It is the worst quality panelling I’ve ever seen. Of course they always use the worst quality wood to treat, as the punky fast growing wood allows the pressure applied chemicals to get further into the wood. Also tons of knots, but it will be painted and so it shouldn’t look too bad. Here I am cutting it to length on my miter saw (photo below)

Here I am nailing on the panels. I left about an inch or so on both sides of the uprights so I can put put thin wooden strips there the same thickness as the panelling to cover the cut edges of the panels.

The seams between the panel cut edges and the wooden strips will be covered with trim boards. The advantage is that it will look better from the front when the door is opened and it prevents the front and back cut panel edges from drying out unevenly.

I marked panels to correspond with the height of the panels on the house. Each panel requires only 1 nail on each end as it holds the next panel in place in the open groove and so on. This allows the wood on each side of the board to expand and contract without cracking. (Photo below)

First side complete. (Photo below)

Inside view of the first side. (Photo below)

And lastly and outside view of the completed 2nd side (Photo below)

That’s it for today. I’m thinking fast, but working slow. I’m thinking about how I want to do the top now.

Thanks for looking in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 06:56 PM

What ever you use for the roof it will be a great BBQ shed.


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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 07:41 PM

Glad I could help with the photos Mike. And Happy Belated Birthday to your wife!
My wife and I are right behind you in total year.. 135 years so far!

Your project is coming along nicely!
Our Weber is a Genesis 900, introduced in 1980. We bought ours in 1993 and still have it 22 year later. Keeping under cover will make it last a long long time. Here’s a photo of our Weber Grill.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 08:03 PM

Thanks Tony I will pass that along to the wife. Your grill still looks new after 22 years. At our age ours doesn’t have to last anywhere near so long. We also have a small Weber charcoal grill which is almost new, so I am thinking of taking it as a gift for my son and his wife when we visit them in Sweden this summer or fall. I like the gas grill because it’s not so much clean-up and fooling around with the charcoal. I’ve had a few of the cheaper type gas grills in the past, but they have those cheap burners that rust so easily.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 09:55 PM

Nice work, and fun build.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 06-03-2015 12:57 AM

Good progress even if it is slow. I could see number of knots on the board. My good wishes to both of you and wish you happy, healthy and productive future. We are a little ahead of you 155.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 06-03-2015 01:54 AM

Lookin’ good, and happy birthday….to you both.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 06-03-2015 06:30 AM

Happy birthday to the Mrs! Looks like you have a good handle on the project Mike. Looks like it should stand the test of a Norwegian winter.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-03-2015 09:34 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. I still haven’t figured out how I want to do the door(s) yet. I’m not fond of metal hinges and latches because everything, even stainless steel rusts outside here. I’m thinking of something that just hooks on and can be lifted off to access the grill. I like working in this way. It makes me feel more creative (or maybe just dumb). Wish me luck!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 06-03-2015 03:28 PM

I have a grill similar to Woodshaver’s. I have the Sears version, so the wood slats are synthetic weather proof things. Back when I bought it Sears would keep the Weber brand, but had extra doodads. It has been through a couple sets of innards, and converted to natural gas. I put wheels to match the big ones on the caster end. That way I can push it through the snow in winter. The three burner arrangement is a winner.

Just cooked a turkey on it this last weekend. Turkey sits on a grid in a pan, and the middle burner is not used. I too keep it covered with a good Weber cover. In rain or the winter I use the grill right next to the door from the house to the deck so I can actually use and check on it while standing in the house.

The grill will probably never die if I can continue to find replacement innards for it…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 06-03-2015 04:06 PM

I am beginning to be glad I bought a Weber grill after seeing Tony’s and hearing about your’s Jim. I am not about to begin grilling in the snow, but maybe I’m missing out on something (the cold?). I would like trying a turkey someday. Leg of lamb is the largest I’ve grilled and it was very nice. Grilling is only fun for me when the weather is warm and hopefully sunny. Unfortunately there are are not a whole lot of days like that here in most summers, and this year is not looking good so far with temperatures in the low 50’s up to now. We have only had a very few good days so far, but no high temperatures yet. I wouldn’t mind trying to grill a turkey sometime, but I keep thinking about all the gas consumption. Uncle Scrooge wouldn’t approve, as I am not hooked up to natural gas and in fact we don’t have any here despite the fact that we sell a a huge amount of it to Europe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-03-2015 11:26 PM

Really looking up Mike. That would make a nice looking tool shed too if itwere a bit larger.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 06-04-2015 03:24 PM

Technically, I am using the grill as a convection oven when I do a turkey. But it seems to cook faster and taste better than in the oven. I starting using the grill for turkeys in 1971, and I have never done it any other way since. I have actually grilled turkeys when it was 50 degrees below zero, in Fairbanks. There I just had a charcoal fueled grill. I would set it up in the garage, light the coals, then open the garage door, push out the grill and close the door as fast as I could! I changed to gas when I bought the current grill…........something over 20 years ago.

In any case, nice construction on the shed so far. I too am waiting to see what you will do for a roof. Remember you will have interior walls on that shed that you can hang things on, and you may have room for a shelf or two as well. Reminds me of my first “shop” that I built in Tennessee. It was a free standing slant roof thing with doors on each end to maneuver long pieces of wood. My RAS was the only large power tool that I owned back then.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 06-04-2015 06:27 PM

Dave It’s just a little bigger than my shop. Ok, a lie, but it feels like that sometimes. I have a garden shed too, well, maybe more of small building than just a shed, which I also built. We have all our garden tools hanging there plus it houses the lawnmower, power rake and fertilizer spreader. In addition to that, we store all of our outdoor furniture in it during the winter.

Jim I have thought about a shelf in the back , but there is pretty ample storage in the grill itself and the side tables have ‘thingies’ to hang utensils on.

I want to try grilling a turkey, but during the summer if I can find one. Leg of lamb is also really great on the grill in case you haven’t tried it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 06-06-2015 11:19 AM

Coming right along Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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