Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Another Shed extension part 7

Hi Folks

 The project is almost complete, the clear up has happened and it is now onto the finishing touches.

The previous post is here if you missed it.

Lets start in the workshop area of the shed. The work area is made up of a few tatty old pieces of MDF - what better than to spruce it up with granite affect tiles. Better still they are wipe clean.


As you can see in the picture below the whole area has been given a thorough tidy up and clean. I should now be able to find everything I need

The rest of the work shop/store room has also been given a spring clean with all the large terrain now grouped together according to genre.

and finally all the figures are now situated in this room. All the boxes are labelled and sorted by period and scale.

The two tables below have been topped with green felt (not for snooker) and can be used for projects or a separate table. They form a four foot square area.

Final shot of this room - I can now access the door in the far end !!

Moving into the main games room all my boardgames are now sorted and in one place.

Finally I rearranged the tables to form the biggest space possible and still allow access around most of the table. The final measurement is 6ft wide by 14.5ft. Just the right size to allow coverage by my cloths.

I reckon their is sufficient size around the table for some barstools - so now on the hunt

Another shot from the far end - the rifle is a wooden copy of a Martini Henry - I bought this for my old man one Xmas a few years back and when he passed on my mother handed back all his paraphenalia.

The last job to do is to sort out all the scatter terain I have accumulated. These are all in bixes now on racks in the main room. I'll get round to this shortly.

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The pub sign is almost finished....which I will share in the next post

take care & stay safe

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Another Shed Extension part 6

Good Evening Folks

part 5 can be found HERE

Cannot believe April is almost over and I have effectively been isolating myself from the big bad world for more days than I care to imagine....

If the truth be told I have been so busy the days are just flying past and since I took on the responsibility of managing an allotment I just don't seem to have enough hours in the day to do everything.

The next big task on the shed project was to replace the windows in the last extension with another window from Mark's ex conservatory. It took a bit of time to cut out the right shape and manhandle the beast in but it was worth it for the extra light. As a bonus the windows open

The sign seems rather apt !! 

With this new window in I then had to rebuild the inside workshop area, it also got a coat of paint - I used up the last of the blue and yellow

The shed extension work has now moved into a massive sort out and clear out.

This has been both torture and a labour of love, every box has been sorted, every screw & nail graded according to size and the waste pile is building day by day.

The good news is that I seem to finally be coming to the end and as a treat I persuaded Mrs Shed we needed an electronic labelling machine...

So I now need to label the hundreds (maybe I exaggerate) boxes of figures...

about 2/3rd are in this shot

A few other updates...Shedson is still up at Imperial waiting to take his exams but hes a good boy and thinks of his dad quite a does help that I sent him beer and a he sent me this sign..

and not to be forgotten I asked Shed-daughter if she would paint me a pub sign for the 'new -shed'

Heres the starting picture

and here is progress so far

As this thread of posts on the new shed comes to an end I am going to switch across top my war of the Roses project - take care everyone and stay safe


part 7 can be found here

Monday, 13 April 2020

Another Shed extension part 5

Hello out there? I hope you are all safe, well and keeping occupied in these difficult times.

The previous post can be found HERE

Its been a couple of weeks since I last posted and buy now you are probably thinking the shed is all done?

Well you could not be more wrong.

Unfortunately the bulk of this time has been rather uncomfortable, shall we just say that I have been hit with a bout of gout (probably too much wine drunk during lock down) in my left foot and movement has been somewhat curtailed.

The good news is that by the Easter weekend I was back up on my feet and some more progress can be shown.

Once the tables were built I could cut the inserts to allow extensions to the tables if required. You can get a sense of these in the two photos below.

It was whilst playing around with these that I realised the room was just too white so I took a leap and added a splash of colour from some old blue paint I had knocking around.

With the main table room decorated it was time to turn my attention to the central part of the shed. This was emptied and then rebuilt/ redecorated.

Before Shot

After Shot - as you can see some yellow has been added as well

I even tidied up and re-painted the roof joists !

Everything moved out from the much stuff do I really need !!

With the centre finally complete I could start putting these back in their rightful places. More on this organisation in a final post.

Finally I decided to hang some of my late fathers stuff in the shed - I think they go rather well

These are three complete sets of players cigarette cards including a full set on regimental badges and standards, colonial uniforms and regiments of London/Home Countioes

Stay safe folks - more soon

part 6 can be found HERE

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Another shed extension part 4

Good Evening Folks - hope you are all well.

Its been almost two weeks now since I have set foot outside the house and thankfully I haven't gone stir crazy quite yet. Although its been cold I have been cracking on with the shed extension and here is the latest update. If you missed part three you can find it HERE

When I left you last I had just finished building the tables. The next job was to paint these up. Fortunately I still have gallons of white paint from the house decorations last year so the tables were given three coats of emulsion white - inside and out.

As you can see above its all still a bit of a mess inside.

One of the advantages of all four tables being on casters means I can push them to one side a create more floor space if required. I was whilst tidying up one afternoon the lights in the shed went out.

Now I should stress that I am no qualified electrician but I had a hunch it was the fuse box and given the old one was a bit battered and cracked I figured a replacement would be in order. A swift online order on Monday morning saw a new unit turn up in the post the next day. It was relatively straightforward to replace the old with the new and I am still here to tell the tale. Plus the lights are now working. Prior to Covid-19 I would have called an electrician in.

I also refurbished the interior window frames with a coat of paint and cleaned them for the first time in 15 years !

The final piece of construction saw the interir walls of the shed clad and painted. Unfortunately I do not have the materials to insulate and clad the ceiling so this will wait until normal movement is returned.

With the inside finally painted and cleaned up I could return my attention to the tables. These were given a couple of coats of paint on the tops.

The tables then were covered in some very cheap vinyl floor tiles - sadly the glue on these was lousy so I have had to nail and staple gun down the edges.

I think they look quite smart - albeit a bit shiny

A final shot of the four tables complete. I have enough times to cover the two other tables in the other room and sufficient to cover the extension boards

The extension boards will be my next task. Once the tables are finished the plan is to empty the middle part of the shed and redecorate that part.

More soon

Stay safe


Part 5 can be found HERE

Monday, 23 March 2020

Another Shed extension part 3

Hi Folks

I hope you are all keeping well?

Its at times like these we can be grateful that our hobby can provide a suitable distraction to world events. I have been ploughing on with the shed build and significant progress has been made. Mrs Shed keeps telling me to slow down as there are still weeks ahead of us to fill.

So when I left you last I had finished the outside and could progress onto the inside. If you didn't see part 2 you can find it HERE

The first job was to dismantle the old table and once sufficiently cleared a new coat of paint was applied to the walls and ceiling.

Eventually I will insulate the new extension and clad this in boarding but given I cannot get out to get the materials now it will have to wait until the end of the quarantine.

The new paint job certainly brightens up the space.

Once the paint was dry I assembled the new racking that will carry the terrain/figures in this room. This was ordered through ebay and arrived a couple of days later. 

With the racking up and painting done I could turn my attention to the table. Given the limited materials to hand I had to work out the optimum use of what I had. In the end I decided to assemble four tables each was about 2.5 feet by 5.5 feet in size.

These have all been built as simple frames and then mounted on six casters (again another order from ebay). The table height is the same as the old one. 

All four frames were assembled and then I could start out on the into shelving and table tops. 

Each table's insides is slightly different in terms of shelf configuration and these are open on all sides to allow easy access of stored items.

Once complete (a three day job) the plywood tops that used to grace the old table were cut to fit the new ones. These can be configured as it stands to either option 1 (10ft x 5.5ft) or option 2 (11ft x 5ft) 

Option 1

The photo below is deceptive as there is plenty of room (more than before) all around the new table

Option 2

I'll also be adding some inserts to make the tables longer and wider as and when required. I can also configure a dog leg or set up two smaller.

Next job is to paint these tables and finish them with much smarter top.

More soon

part 4 can be found HERE

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Another Shed extension part 2

Good Morning All - I do hope that you are keeping well in these difficult times.

As promised an update on the latest shed extension or as it is now being referred to as Dad's Isolation Project.

For part 1 of this project head HERE

When I left you last the bulk of the outside work had been done. In the last few days the shed has been treated to a new coat of paint - actually four coats in total

First coat above...

Fourth coat plus roof all battened down and corner joints sorted.

With the exterior sorted I could turn my attention to the inside. As you can see from the picture below I left the old shed walls up during the build and once the windows were transferred to the new external walls I could begin to knock through.

Critically it was important to leave the centre post, which is holding up the original roof in place. Its going to need reinforcing with a new joist in the near future.. Finally the old walls came down and I could look out on the new room.

The dimensions of the new room are about 13ft by 15ft. Significantly more space.

Now was the time to start thinking about the table which meant emptying the new room completely. This was all transfered into the 'other wing' of the shed. I do have too much stuff !

With the shed cleared I could start dismantling the old table...

and begin planning the new...more soon

part 3 can be found