Inflexible is the first word that comes to mind when I think of working with wood. If your building a structure, which has consumed my time, that inflexibility is what gives your building strength. You want to put up a wall and it stays up. But in order for this to endure over time, another concept of square is extremely important. Not only will your door or window not open and close easily if not built on a square but over time the structure will become lopsided due to the effects of gravity. Now this might not be as evident if the structure only has posts and a few walls as the beginning space of my latest learning experience. I've been visualizing this lean-to as a shed for years. And fortunately it is close enough to square to work. I'm told it's only an eighth of an inch off. Good enough for me so I began.
This image looks like a clean start. Oh, but the work that happened before this image took many days. All the items collected within had to be moved into the yard and placed under tarps. The carpet that was put upon the ground to deter plant growth was removed. Dirt and rocks were added to fill in low lying spots, and compacted. And at this point a frame of cement pavers and wood have been place to begin the process of making a cement floor. The floor consisted of 22 fifty pounds bags of quick cement dumped over some fencing I secured to the ground with stakes during the fourth week in October. It is now three weeks later. I'd love to have a complete "after picture" but that is not possible. I did reach my goal and made an area for my two dogs and a cat to hang out and be dry and warm. I needed this in place before Thanksgiving. It is ready for them.
This image is the same view as above. When it is complete there will be a hanging barn door in the middle.
West facing. The lawn mower goes in and out these doors.
East facing side of the She Shed.
This is a look inside the left door. On the far end is the dog door. I had to put an old chair under it because it was up so high. The blue pillow is on a pallet that was raised so one dog could sleep up high. It also provides a space for a dog to get under it as one likes to do when there is a thunder storm. An additional pallet is on the floor with a cushion. Along with the dog house that is outside there are 4 places to sleep for the two dogs. On the top shelf is a place for the cat. I made shelves up high so he could walk around and not have to hang out with the dogs.
Here is a picture of the doors made for two thirds of the walls and one picture with part of the framing that had to be made. The man pictured is my neighbor whose experience, helping hand and tools were invaluable! And the mess in the yard.