A OUTDOOR STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GRILL #4: Assembling the structure

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Blog entry by stefang posted 06-04-2015 05:20 PM 5935 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Stretchers and Siding Panels Part 4 of A OUTDOOR STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GRILL series Part 5: The Roof »

In the shop
Today I first nailed woodstrips from the top to bottom on the front and back legs. These are thin strips used to cover the cut ends of the panel boards and act as a platform for nailing on the corner trim later.

Next the strips were slightly planed to bring them even with the front and back legs. as shown here with one end in the vise and the other on my deadman which anchors to the bench top. Yes, I am showing off my bench accessories! The boards on the floor will cover the top as a substrate for the shingles and also for the front door, which I plan to build last. (See Below)

You can also see that the stretchers which connect the two sides will be sitting in the cut-out spaces provided for them. This keeps the back smooth for the rest of the panelling. (See Below)

Outdoors on the side terrace
I hauled everything out to assemble it. Here you see the how the stretchers connect the sides on the back. I have used three because it is necessary to add stiffness to the structure since there will be no support at the front except for the a top connector. I also have to add a vertical piece which I forgot so that I can also nail the back panel boards in the center because they are pretty long. (See Below)

After turning the shed upright I was able to install the top stretchers. The panel boards for the top will be nailed to these. All of the stretchers are screwed on and the wooden plugs glued on top of that to prevent them rusting. (See Below)

Now it was time for another test fit with the side panelling installed. Just made it between the roof drain pipe and window molding with no room to spare! Luck or skill? Probably a little bit of both.

You can see that I have added a board across the front which will help support the top panels and give a more substantial appearance to the top. I will be using fairly thin tongue and groove panelling for the top that leaves a nice flat surface for the asphalt shingles and also allows the shingles to be nailed to them.

The panels seams nicely lined up with the ones on the house, but I had to shim the right side a little to compensate for the slight fall of the terrace boards which helps water to run off as it rains, rains, and rains here. If you are tired of droughts and burnt out lawns, this is the place to be!! (See Below)

That covers the days work. I didn’t really get a lot done, but I did get tired running back and forth from the shop getting this and that. The last thing I did was to put the grill in place. (See Below)

Thanks for looking in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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

Well done Mike ! Or should that be rare ? Like the whole idea and the execution.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 06-04-2015 06:24 PM

super looking shed Mike an a very attractive back yard.


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#3 posted 06-04-2015 06:43 PM

An old boatbuilding expression, “Fits like she grew there”.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 06-04-2015 07:21 PM

That fits in really well.
Good job Mike.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-04-2015 07:29 PM

I am waiting for the grand finale. Looks good so far.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 06-04-2015 08:16 PM

Too good to be true for me. I would of missed something and would be adjusting that rain gutter by now. I like what I see and glad your rain is holding off for your outside assembly.

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

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#7 posted 06-04-2015 08:34 PM

Looking good, Mike! Do you get snow in the winter?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-04-2015 09:25 PM

Hello Mike,
Thats a very good result with the panels, you would have been equally pleased to get such a good profile match with the existing house panels and then the added bonus to have a perfect alignment of the open groove or seams.

No doubt upon finishing as Paul posted “it looks part of the house already”, it certainly will be!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 06-05-2015 08:42 AM

Thanks guys.

I know this isn’t a very interesting project, but it gives me a chance to gab a little and to social with like minded friends.

I said I would be covering the back, but I’ve decided to drop that as I won’t have room to put a molding on the corners in the back due to lack of space. Also the grill will be covered in the foul weather months (12 months a year here?).

So after food shopping today I am hoping to get the roof panels on and also the shingles if I don’t run out of energy like I did yesterday. I haven’t used those asphalt shingles before, but I have a nice brochure that shows how to put them on. Not sure how that will go.

Racer Glen Rare sounds about right to me.

Paul and Steve I knew it would be a close fit, but not quite that close. However, I think the drain pipe and window molding will help keep it in place when the storms come. I think I will put a couple of screws through one of the back stretchers into the house wall just to make sure.

Dave It’s supposed to rain after 6pm this evening, so I’m hoping to have the roof done by then.

Jim Yes, we often get a lot of snow, but strangely enough we had almost none this last winter and never anything like you get in the Great Lakes region. However, the winters here can be pretty nasty even without the snow. You should see the kind of weather the kids have soccer practice in. Icy, wet, cold and very windy. We get a lot of wind here even in the summer. I love it though as we have fantastic clean clear air all the time. It’s like HD nature.

Rob The match is good, but the panels on the house are 25 years old and probably have shrunk a little, so we’ll see how good it really is when I paint the shed. It’s a little hard to see right now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-05-2015 02:34 PM

its really looking good mike, you have made a strong unit there for the grill to sit inn, it would almost be nice if you could cook with the grill right in place, maybe get some kind of chimney on top, but maybe to much to add to the project…maybe have a celebration party for the new grill house…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 06-05-2015 04:22 PM

Bob Thanks. I think the instructions say the grill has to be at least 36” away from combustible materials in use and nothing above it either. I’ll try to do something fancy with the door to keep you happy, lol.

I did get the panelling on the top today, but I got tired and quit early to enjoy the sunny weather. The weather forecast called for rain at 6pm and it started raining at 6.10. Can’t trust those forecasts! I had to cover the top with a tarp. I still have some moldings and trim to do before the dreaded job of putting on the roofing shingles. So one or two more sessions for that and then I can start on that fancy door. I’m really worried about those shingles. I hope I don’t screw it up.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 05:49 AM

Looks like it belongs there. Nice work Mike.

-- 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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#13 posted 06-08-2015 04:23 PM

Looks great Mike!

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#14 posted 06-09-2015 10:13 AM

A super nice bbq shed.

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#15 posted 06-09-2015 04:09 PM

Thanks Bob, Phillip and Roger. I just hope we get good enough weather to enjoy some grilling this summer. It’s been really cold so far. Today was sunny, but only 52 F with strong winds. This is the coldest summer so far since 1969 and the wettest in living memory or maybe vice-versa, I can’t remember which. We have been sitting out on the terrace today all bundled up to to some sun while it is here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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