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  • Fire up the Fergie, time to build my new studio.
  • mcmoonter
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    I’ve been painting in the corner of what was a coach house for twenty years, in summer it’s fine, in winter bloody cold even with the fire on.

    I’ve had a notion to build a new studio for a while. The shed my brother and I built recently would serve well as a template.

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/maybe-january-isnt-the-best-time-to-start-building-a-new-shed

    So while this window of good weather seems good for the next four days, I’ve made a start. The site is south facing but exposed to the wind from the west, so I don’t think I will build it with a verandah. It does however get great evening light and sunsets as the sun sets over the hill. So I may well glaze the west facing elevation too. I’m going to put a wood burning stove inside and have a log lined entrance on the north side. I want to plant some new trees around it to make the most of autumn colours. Nearby I’m going to build a chicken run too. We’ve had hens in the past, but a fox got them all. That is about as much planning as I have in mind.

    It was a frosty morning, the ground was hard. I fired up the Fergie and cleared the site. I had largely used it for burning brash and dumping chain sawdust. No snow drops or daffodils were squashed in the process, but I did fell a couple of trees that looked precarious from the plantation we planted thirty years ago. With them thinned, those left should thrive a little better.

    I’ve been totally inspired by Dick Proenneke’s Alaskan Zen cabin building.

    The site that needs clearing of sawdust and ash and a couple of trees

    Just about to make a start leveling the site.

    Back from the timber merchants

    I’m using this Kentucky cabin as a starting point.

    toys19
    Member

    Doest thou needeth planning permisssion?
    I admire your “just go and do it” attitude.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Doest thou needeth planning permisssion?
    I admire your “just go and do it” attitude.

    I’m viewing it as a temporary structure, my nearest neighbours are a quarter of a mile away, when they passed with the dog this morning they wholeheartedly approved.

    Gotama
    Member

    Settles in for another great build project which leaves me in a state of immense jealousy….

    sharkbait
    Member

    I’m viewing it as a temporary structure, my nearest neighbours are a quarter of a mile away, when they passed with the dog this morning they wholeheartedly approved.

    I’m going to let you do all the work then dob you in to the authorities (so you’d better put wheels on it) 😈

    Premier Icon franksinatra
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    I think I do a actually love you just a little bit. Harmless man crush thing, not full on stalker.

    I’m really looking forward to following this.

    Does this build mean that the collector did buy all of your art for the corporate client?

    mikey74
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    It will probably need Building regs too.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    So you’d better put wheels on it

    Well he was eyeing up a mahoosive trailer earlier this week!

    mcmoonter
    Member

    No news from the collector just yet, but either way, I need to make this space. It might just push the Karmic vibes along. The weather is too good to miss the chance to make a start.

    sharkbait
    Member

    It will probably need Building regs too.

    Like that’s going to happen! I suspect there’s not going to be a certificate for the stove either πŸ™‚
    *settles in for another epic build*

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Building regs you say?

    edlong
    Member

    Your threads are the best thing on this site.

    Looking forward to this….

    brakes
    Member

    B&Q sell sheds you know

    happyrider
    Member

    Fantastic!

    Premier Icon Bunnyhop
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    No snow drops or daffodils were squashed in the process,

    Awwww πŸ™‚

    Rubs hands with glee and awaits the building process.

    good thead, can’t wait to see how this one develops.

    Premier Icon Trekster
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    I “learned” to drive on a wee grey Fergie, 50yrs ago πŸ™„
    Progressed to a 35, then a Dexter, a 65 and a Major.
    Also used a big orange Nuffield and an old petrol paraffin “broon πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon joat
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    How much singletrack could we create if we all had mcmoonter’s work ethic?

    spchantler
    Member

    mcmoonter, where’s the thread with your art on it?

    wildheart
    Member

    ” Fantastic – a mcmooonter build project”

    I actually said these words out loud. πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    Doest thou needeth planning permisssion?

    There’s a time and a place for completely ignoring PP πŸ™‚

    get to it mcm. *adds thread to favourites*

    properbikeco
    Member

    so long as smaller than 4m and is not brick built it’ll be fine

    just remember to properly prepare the base if it is going to be a semi permanent ( πŸ˜‰ ) structure – you don’t want weed coming up through the floor etc

    Awesome, love a shed thread. Some inspiration for all those who get wood

    http://freecabinporn.com/

    mcmoonter
    Member

    mcmoonter, where’s the thread with your art on it

    Towards the end if this.

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/how-random-was-your-day/page/2

    Feeling the STW love of shed building, I’d better make a good job of this. πŸ˜•

    Trekster, I’ve got second Grey Fergie in the shed but its a PP, somehow its partially seized, it been sat for twenty or so years, the body work on it is good, I might swap the bonnet and mudguards over, and maybe even the front axle. The loader puts an enormous load on it.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    No bro show today, so I’m on my own. In a couple of hours I’ve got the front posts up. It’s a beautiful day to be working outdoors.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    Where are you getting your glazing from this time? Nicking any more bus stops? Ive always wanted to go and see the RM’s studio at the School of Art. Love big windows.

    http://www.scotcities.com/mackintosh/gsa.htm

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Stoner, the glass is bus shelter glass again. The panes this time are more square. Alas, the ten foot posts wont allow two sheets one on top of each other.

    The Glasgow School of Art is well worth a visit, while you might not get into the studios, you can certainly visit the library.

    I made some progress today, but it’s tricky with one pair of hands. I had to get creative with G clamps. I got all the main posts in and half the floor ring joists. Four more posts at the front for the log shed stoop and all the digging will be done.

    Stay tuned…


    Premier Icon Stoner
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    so are you fitting a pane between each post? How high will they be? Not floor to ceiling I guess.

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Good stuff.
    I envy you more than any man on earth.
    And that includes Theophilus.P.Wildebeast.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    so are you fitting a pane between each post? How high will they be? Not floor to ceiling I guess.

    Yes, a pane between each post at the front, none at the rear and possibly three on each end. They are 48 x 40, I will position them as high as I can and use weather board below. I will probably make some shelving below the window line, and a bench along the rear side for cutting long lengths of moulding.

    I will fit a couple of Perspex sheets in the roof to allow more light in too.

    There’s nowt to envy, most anyone with a bit of patience could do the same. It is handy having the space and a flagrant disregard for planners.

    spchantler
    Member

    mcmoonter, where’s the thread with your art on it

    Towards the end if this.

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/how-random-was-your-day/page/2cheers mcm, its lovely stuff. my uncle is alan flood,he’s done some nice stuff

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Nice pictures spc

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    It is handy having the space

    Not something many of us have! Very jealous, already planning to rebuild my old shed in a more ‘manly’ style…

    mcmoonter
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    Footflaps, that’s the great thing about a shed, once you got one where you can actually physically make stuff, every thing feels possible and things you’d never consider doing are a pleasure.

    The part I enjoyed most in my brother’s shed was making the door for it, in it!

    STW can’t have too many shed building threads.


    sharki
    Member

    I’d of let those Braces into the ledges a touch to ensure they don’t slide along over time. πŸ˜‰

    How do you think to have got on by the end of next weekend?
    I’m in need of a trip and was wondering if you could need a extra pair of limbs.

    Today i’ve been pondering over a use of around 200 green glass litre bottles, rather than throwing them in a recycling skip. There’s also loads of hose here.

    And after a little time on the internet to obvious appeared on the screen.

    Chinese farmer Ma Yanjun came up with a novel, inexpensive way to provide hot water for members of his family: laying 66 bottles, connected by hose pipes, on a board covered with aluminum foil. Placed on a rooftop and pointed north to collect the maximum amount of sunlight.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    Sharki, I may well be finished by then. Once the roof is on, the glass is quick to install and the floor should only take a day.

    I’ve got some work to do that will take me to the middle of March, by then the clocks will have changed, we’ve got one or two other projects you might be interested in that we could make a start on.

    I managed to lay the floor joists today which gives me a level platform to set up a temporary bench on. My brother is coming over tomorrow and we are going to have a bash at making the roof.

    mcmoonter
    Member

    My brother came over today and we made the roof trusses and got them up and made the lean to log shed stoop.

    The kids were funny, usually they need something to keep them entertained. A yelp came from the stable yard, AWESOME sawdust!

    Grace quietly asked for some nails and set to on a wee project of her own.



    properbikeco
    Member

    2 quick questions

    what size is the roofing timber?

    and was it nailed or screwed construction?

    mcmoonter
    Member

    2 quick questions

    what size is the roofing timber?

    and was it nailed or screwed construction?

    The trusses are made from 4x2s, the vertical posts are 4x4s, it’s all nailed together with 4 inch nails.

    There will be some extra bracing in the trusses and the end gables will have another two posts to support three panes of glass. Once the purlins are nailed in it will a lot more rigid.

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    Mcmoonter, STW’s new Big Chipper !

    Great thread…

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