Jump to content

740427863_Terminatorchallenge.jpg.2f4cb93182b2ce715fac5aa75b0503c8.jpg

Astrokev's ROR - The Build


Astrokev
 Share

Recommended Posts

11 hours ago, sloz1664 said:

Didn't realise you had retired Kev. I took the plunge 2 years ago. Never looked back.

Steve

Still finding it a bit scary - have I made the right decision etc, but slowly getting used to the idea.

An obvious big advantage is, once my observatory is finished, I won't need to worry too much about the odd sleep-in to recover from a long night!

Kev

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Following the Japanese philosophy of kaizen (small incremental improvements), I took another step to getting the cladding on this evening. Went out and bought timber for the vertical corner batons that will provide a nice straight edge to butt up against the ends of the cladding. Cut to size and gave them their first coat of preserver. Couple more coats tomorrow then I can put these up in readiness for the shiplap. Hooray!

Sorted the cladding out the other day as planned into piles of "good", "acceptable" and "rubbish". Fortunately there was only 2 lengths in the rubbish pile ? and as I'd bought excess, this is encouraging! The "acceptable" lengths will need minor trimming here and there due to slightly split ends or slight bowing, but I should have enough if I plan where to use them. Busy playing with my grandson tomorrow so hope to start cutting some 'lap on Thursday. And about time too....

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

OCD - who, me? ?

This is my plan of which bits of cladding go where! The intention is to have the better bits on the more visible garden-facing walls, with the less good lengths hidden on the back walls.

To be honest, there's only a couple of really poor lengths - either horrendously bent or damaged along the edges, which I don't need to use due to buying slightly more than I need. Most are either straight without splits, or have minor splits at the ends which I can absorb in the off-cuts.

So, tomorrow I get my hammer out then. What could possibly go wrong....

 

cap1-s.jpg

cap2-s.jpg

Edited by Astrokev
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, JamesF said:

Were you a Quantity Surveyor in a previous life? :D

James

No, just a humble scientist with a passion for detail, …..and spreadsheets ?

Edited by Astrokev
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, it's a start! ?

What you can't see is the 3 lengths I've also put up on the wall parallel to the fence. Took me a while to figure out the best method for getting the bottom board level. After cutting, I decided to dip each end in preserver for 10 minutes, and then gave the rear face a good dowsing also. Had to wait for this to soak in before nailing to the frame, so was rather a slow process waiting for them to dry off a bit. I think I've got the method down now, so hopefully will speed up tomorrow. Having said that, it's the local village fete tomorrow so no doubt I'll have to put in an appearance, using up valuable cladding time!

IMG_2860.jpg

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 hours ago, yesyes said:

It's starting to look like an observatory! ;)

Interesting way to do the corners. I don't think I've seen this method before. But may I just don't remember.

This seems to be the standard way commercial sheds are built, which helps keep rain off the end grain. The diagram shows more clearly the approach and dims.

 

cladding.jpg

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The fabulous weather today helped the village fete be a big success. The usual mix of live music, bric-a-brac stalls, beer tent and burgers, fun games and quizzes, and a splendid collection of classic cars gleaming in the sunshine.

More importantly, I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours on the observatory and made a bit more progress on the cladding. Painting preservative on the back face of the boards is worth doing but sadly made for a low "boards nailed to the walls" hourly rate. Still, quite pleased with how it's turning out (the fence-facing wall is half complete also). Pleased I did my OCD spreadsheet plan, which is making it very easy to find the boards I need, and to keep track of all the off-cuts.

Car-boot sale day tomorrow with my daughter, but will hopefully be able to find another hour or two.

 

IMG_2867.jpg

IMG_2865.jpg

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, JamesF said:

Really feels like you're getting somewhere once the walls are there :)

I have a pencil and paper "spreadsheet" for all the steel I need to cut tomorrow to start making my roof :D

James

Add a pair of scissors and you'll be able to do a pivot table as well ?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Dave said:

It's coming on now mate. Nice one.

Yeah getting there. Missed my target of having it finished for Kelling, but as I can hardly take it there, I guess that doesn't matter ?  . So long as it's finished for the winter season I'll be happy!

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bit more progress this afternoon. Not shown are the fence-facing wall, which is nearly finished, and a couple of boards on the shed-facing wall.

Feels good to get the door lining up, minus the door sill which I still need to buy or make.

A quick count-up of the remaining nails tells me I'm going to be short by around 40-50 nails. I'm reluctant to buy more of the stainless variety as I can only find them sold by the kilo, which is WAY more than I need, and they're not cheap. I think I'm going to have to lower my standards and use non-stainless for a couple of the top boards ? 

 

IMG_2868.jpg

IMG_2871.jpg

IMG_2872.jpg

IMG_2876.jpg

Edited by Astrokev
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I do the same.  Always worth a look on ebay if you want small numbers of nails, nuts, bolts, washers and that sort of thing.  If I had to buy stuff like that in the volumes most people want to sell I'd be leaving them to people in my will :)

James

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Busy day today, trying to clear the decks of chores before we head off to Kelling Heath Star Party on Thursday, so only managed three boards this afternoon in a spare 45 minutes. The encouraging news is that the cladding is now half complete ? . Not worth posting a picture as it would be a case of "spot the difference"!

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Little bit more progress today. Grabbing bits of time between preparing for the trip to Kelling - hunting down the sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, etc . The observant will notice the corner of my mattress, being integrity tested before we leave for Kelling! ? 

Fence-facing (West) wall nearly complete, and a few more boards on the North and East walls. The last short board for the day (to fill the gap on the North wall) is still being dipped in preserver. In addition to running low on nails, me thinks I'm going to need more preserver! Feels more shed-like now. Slowly getting there...

IMG_2884.jpg

IMG_2885.jpg

Edited by Astrokev
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, Astrokev said:

 The observant will notice the corner of my mattress, being integrity tested before we leave for Kelling! ? 

Wasn't going to mention it.....

Looking good though Kev, professional looking job...will have to get my humble attempt updated and some more pics posted.

 

 

Quote

 

 

Edited by Kev M
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.