Building one’s own shed from scratch without buying a prepackaged set of cut lumber, and without a step-by-step plan is a daunting project. Add the fact that I am seventy years old and have spent my lifetime engaged as an educator and mental-health counsellor, one could well understand how this project gets to proceed as slowly as it does.
Of course, I planned, and planned, and planned a third time, drawing diagrams freehand to try and envision the final product. My drawings had lines for 2x4s, which I found vital when it came to ordering the lumber needed. My neighbour and good friend who lives two doors down from me is a long-time handyman who owns every tool a carpenter could ever dream of owning, and sometimes several brands of the same tools. He now is a seasonal worker for our local lumber yard. He was very skeptical of my lumber order. Now that I have built the frame, I know why. I have about twenty 2x4s extra.
Of course, none of this explains why I am building the shed so slowly compared to real carpenters. I must confess that no tool gets touched until somewhere between nine and ten in the morning, unless it is a morning where my wive and I decide to take a country walk, wherein the carpentry work begins after eleven in the morning. When the work begins, I carefully measure each board in place, before taking it to my new power saw. This Ryobi radial arm saw is the first radial arm saw I have ever owned. It’s an early seventy-first birthday present.
Today, I got to cut angles because of the sloped roof. I measured the long 2x4s in place and found out that I needed to cut the lumber at a 5 degree angle. Five cuts later, I had the vertical pieces needed. With a similar five degree angle cut for the top piece of wood, it was time to put the pieces together using three inch screws. Just in case you wanted to know, there are no nails used in the construction so far, and none are planned. Time out for a naturist tea time in the sunshine. Then, it was back to work. I replicated that wall for the opposite side of the shed. Then, with my wife’s help, we placed the short walls and I immediately secured them to the floor and the front and back walls.
Time out for lunch, then a return to begin measuring and cutting the roof rafters with each rafter needing a five and a half degree cut at both ends. As soon as they were secured to the frame, it was time for a naturist cold drink on the deck.
That break took a bit longer than anticipated as the sunshine was incredible. Sunbathing on the deck with a cold drink at hand. Anyway, there was more work to do for the roof. I needed to place five 1x4s on the rafters. Then, when all was secured, I needed to place some plastic pieces, which will hold fibreglass panels, the wavy panels that allow light to pass through, on top of the 1x4s. With those screwed into place, it was time to call it a day. It was time for another tea break followed by time spent by the BBQ.
Nothing in this post was philosophical or psychological. It was all about being normal, well sort of normal, a normal that includes healthy doses of naturism.