Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:24 am Post subject: making a shed from pallets
ok as per requested folks a shed / workshop of massive proportions costing less than £50 made from pallets and anything else you can scrounge i promise you we paid only for felt to cover the roof and a lock and hasp and also 2 dozen 6 inch nails . and believe it or not there was no plan drawn up or anything it was all in my head ( and aggys )just banging bits together and hoping to make it the best we could . ok the project was to build a shed 14 x 14 ft as a workshop for myself to house my tools and other rubbish ( as aggy puts it ) to do this sort of large project you need to source a large supply of pallets firstly . now believe it or not most building sites need to get rid of masses of them to date we have used in excess of 100 of all sizes from 4 x 4ft to 12 x 6ft and many different types as well from the massivly heavy steel holding pallets to normal brick pallets.. i will try to show you how to lay out the base right through to the finished project ,now believe me i couldnt have completed this without aggys help or eddy a friend who has been up here on working holidays a few times . the amount of time he has been here ,he has a permanant depression in the spare bed pillows you will notice the pictures are not in actual building sequence ,this is because it allows you to see the construction of varios parts in relation to the building.
the windows you see in the construction came from one of the houses being built . they put the wrong windows in had to take them out and rebuild the holes to fit the proper windows as requested by the new owners
and i can tell you the whole shed is out of square by 1 inch
all the nails bar the 2 dozen 6 inch ones came from the site being 3 inch and 2 inch nailgun magazine nails
all screws 2 . 3 and 4 inch came from the site also being magazine screws used in the roofing and other woodworking bits in the houses
here you will see how the base was layed out using 6 x7x4 approx heavy duty pallets some 8 inches deep, they were placed together and supported by bricks ( also from the site) and chocks of wood to try and get a decent level platform then they had more pallet joists nailed to keep them together. the outside pallets are 8 x6 ft 3 per side these fitted onto the ends of the flooring and were nailed throuigh the joists to the base , one side of the pallet was removed to provide planking and to make the fit possible you will see i used pieces of wood to hold the corner sections together ,do not try to do this without using them
in this picture you can see a seperate piece of 2x4 used to hold the corners together and to provide a strong structural point for the roof to sit on besides the walls
here you see the windows being fitted ,due the fact that pallets come made up and you have no chance of making them truly square the windows need to be fitted as best as able so needed varios pieces of cut wood to make them secure and they were 3 different sizes
the side planking was full siz 8ft pieces and approx 4ft pieces taken from 2 different pallets and was overlapped as aggy said and i agree it made it more pleasing to look at , i had intended to make flush sides
in the last picture you can see the roof joist this was actually 6ft longer and had been water damaged so came in use very nicley it was 12 inch deep and 15 ft long when fitted to provide an over hanging front roof section to afford rain cover for the doors
in this picture you see one of the doors made and leaning against the side and also the first part of the sterling board roofing going on these also came free along with 8, 1 inch x 8x4 ft sheets of plyboard one of which you can see in the pictures used as a level base to work from a ladder
more pics to come of the felted and finshed workshop _________________
Very impressive. I just need a man to make it for me _________________ "If we reduce the amount of stuff we allow to accumulate in our lives, we won't have to organise it"
Elaine St James from her book 'Simplicity'
Very impressive. I just need a man to make it for me
...AND A WOMAN!!!....Why do people automatically think it was just Karl????
Not at all Aggy, what I ment was I need a man to HELP ME with it, cos my man is only good for sawing wood, in the DIY department that is _________________ "If we reduce the amount of stuff we allow to accumulate in our lives, we won't have to organise it"
Elaine St James from her book 'Simplicity'
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