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    Building a Lumber Storage Shed at Pellow's Camp

    (part 1 of 4)

    In September, I made a good start on yet another building at Pellow`s camp. If you count the two backhouses/latrines/outhouses, there are five buildings currently on the island, so this will be the sixth.

    Here are some small photos of the existing buildings:

    Chez Billy: Click image for larger version. 

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    La Becosse: Click image for larger version. 

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    The Shed: Click image for larger version. 

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    Saunamokki: Click image for larger version. 

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    The Cabin: Click image for larger version. 

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    I built 'The Shed' in 1991 in order to reduce the clutter in the main cabin, but now there is a lot of clutter in The Shed. For the most part, the clutter in The Shed is lumber that I am saving to use someday. The Shed is supposed to serve as both a bunkie and a woodworking shed and all the lumber is getting in the way of both these functions.

    I also have a lot of lumber stored outside under a tarp and cluttering up the place.

    The obvious answer is a new shed whose main purpose will be to store lumber.
    Cheers, Frank

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    (part 2 of 4)

    The first step was to clear a large enough space in the bush. Next, I had to cut down a big poplar that the beavers had started upon over the winter:
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    because, if they came back to complete the job, it would have fallen exactly on the site of the new shed.

    I tied a rope high up the tree: Click image for larger version. 

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    Then, while I sawed it down, my brother John persuaded the tree to fall where we wanted it: Click image for larger version. 

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    The tree ended up falling exactly where we intended it to.

    Less than an hour from the time we started to take down the tree, the bulk of the wood from it was sawn and piled: Click image for larger version. 

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    Next, I staked out the woodshed site: Click image for larger version. 

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    And I dug the 6 post holes that are needed. The posthole digging tools are primitive, but effective: Click image for larger version. 

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    Due to the fact that there were fewer roots than expected and that the clay was fairly moist, I dug the holes in much less time than expected -
    about 2 hours. All the holes are down to bedrock.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-20-2009 at 02:23 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    (part 3 of 4)

    Here is a series of photos taken from the about same spot as the work progressed over the week:
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    I plan the make the majority of the front wall out of removable panels. The panels will be made from some of the stage prop frames that I constructed earlier in the summer for a play that we put on during the Hearst Public Scholl Reunion.

    Here is a picture simulating the view from the lumber shed once the panels have been removed: Click image for larger version. 

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    The rest of the building will be standard stick frame walls, board and batten siding, and a shed roof slanted away from the front opening. There will be a small door at one end and a couple of windows placed somewhere where (I hope) lumber will not be stored.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-20-2009 at 02:32 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    (part 4 of 4)

    I didn't spend the whole week working. For instance, John and I worked our way over several beaver dams into a nearby lake with no cabins and good fishing.

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    Thread to be continued next spring when I get back to the job. ...
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-20-2009 at 02:35 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Boy there is no moss growing on you is there Frank!

    Looks great!

    And that is quite the fish too!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    I'm envious every time I see pics of Pellow's Camp. Thanks for the series of photos.
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    Framing Completed

    Framing Completed (1 of 4)

    A couple of weeks ago, I got back to this project and after 2 full days and 4 half days of work, the framing has been completed.

    Here is a series of photos, the first taken before starting work and then one taken at the end of each of the six days:

    Before: Click image for larger version. 

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    After Day 1: Click image for larger version. 

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    After Day 2: Click image for larger version. 

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    After Day 3: Click image for larger version. 

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    After Day 4: Click image for larger version. 

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    After Day 5: Click image for larger version. 

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    After Day 6: Click image for larger version. 

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    Cheers, Frank

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    Framing Completed (2 of 4)

    Getting the material from the Co-Op in Hearst to the island is always quite a task. It requires 3 steps; (1) loading my trailer (2) transfering the material from the trailer to my boat (3) transfering the material from my boat (then up a steep hill) to the job site.

    The trip from Hearst to the lake is about 12 kilometres over a little traveled gravel road. Because the raod is so little traveled, it is safe to really load up the trailer and crawl along at about 40 kilometres an hour:

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    My boat is quite a workhorse and is able to safely carry more material than my trailer:

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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 08-19-2010 at 02:07 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Framing Completed (3 of 4)

    The first task was to make a beam between the two front posts. The beam is made by lamenating two 16 foot long 2x10 pressure treated spruce boards. Because I am working by my self, this requires several small careful steps.

    Here I have hoisted on of the boards into place and am drilling a pilot hole before spiking it into the post:

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    Here is the second 2x10 that is going to make up the beam being raised into place in one of several slow careful stages:

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    Once this was in place, I hammered it together with the first 2x10:

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    I work differently up here than when doing construction with readily available electricity. For instance, it was faster to cut this 4x4 by hand than to go and get a power saw, connect it to my generator, start the generator, then turn it off when the sawing task was completed:

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    The photo below shows the frame for the north wall being assembled.

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    I anticipate that the front panels of the shed (more on this below) will usually be off, so there will not be much need for windows. But, sometimes the panels will be in place, so I am going to install small windows near the top of the north and south walls. There are two very old windows that Chum Trowsse gave me about 15 years ago that will do the job nicely. The windows are at least 50 years old and have not been treated well but, after sanding off the surface dirt, cracked paint and a bit of rot,

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    I found the underlying wood to be sound. I will need to re-putty the glass.

    It was a beautiful day and, after sanding, I decided that I wanted to enjoy the sound of nature rather than the sound of a generator and power tools, so I cut all the remaining 2x4s for the wall frames using a miter box and a hand saw:

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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 08-19-2010 at 02:07 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Framing Completed (4 of 4)

    The work on the rafters is more complex than the simple framing of the walls, so I resorted to the use of power tools and the noisy generator. To make things worse the weather turned cold (high of 15 Celcius) and wet. With the cold and wet, I wasn`t spoiling the tranquility.

    Here, I am cutting bird`s mouths in the rafters with my jig saw:

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    I found it easier to cut a bevel on the edge of a couple of 16 foot long 2x6s by simply following a line with my Festool track saw, rather than setting up and supporting the saw on a rail:

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    On the front of the shed, I am placing three 4 foot by 8 foot removeable panels. The frames for these panels are left over from the stage props that I made for a play they a number of friends and I put on in Hearst last summer. I made all the props for a stage setting that was supposed to be our old grade 5-6 classroom:

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    Here one of the frames is being augmented with a 2x4 before nailing a number of 1x6 vertical siding boards to it:

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    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 08-19-2010 at 02:06 AM.
    Cheers, Frank

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