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

Friday 13 March 2020

Time for another Shed extension - part 1

Good evening All

Apologies for the lack of posts recently but as always real life sometimes gets in the way. The good news is that I now have a bit of spare time on my hands and whilst trying to avoid catching the dreaded C virus I have been extremely busy on all thing wargames.

My WOTR project is coming on a pace with almost 200+ figures now painted and I'll post up some pictures very soon. However over the last couple of days I have taken advantage of the reasonable weather and started on the next shed extension.

Another extension I hear you cry !

Yup following the last build a couple of years back there was always one more build on the shed to be done.

Previous build here

This is in part motivated by the shift to big classic 28mm wargames in the table is just not big enough and the new extension I hope will rectify this.

Ultimately the shed will sport a much deeper 6ft table. The extension will also create more space for the gamers and create (hopefully) a better environment.

The picture below shows the current room I am extending and the outside of the shed before I started work...the room being extended is at the far right

The main games table seen below is five foot wide at the far - the objective is make this deeper

Onto the build over the last couple of days...

As you can see from the picture below my concrete base extends out about a metre from the original build. By building onto this I can extend the shed building outwards. The starting point was to get the floor joists down.

Onto this the floor boards were added...a few jumps ensured it was all secure

With the floor down my attention turned to the walls...just a simple frame build

Which after much measuring and cutting started to take gaming friend Mark (who is still playing catchup on his Roman Army painting) recently installed a new conservatory. Rather fortuitously he game me a few windows. The first of which has gone into the end wall.

I then recycled the windows from the wall that is being demolished into the new frame. This was and absolute pain getting them out but worthwhile in the end.

You can also see that the roof has gone on although its not fixed in place.

And then it was onto the cladding...this took a long time but fortunately all my initial calculations were spot on and I literally had just enough wood.

Finally clad...

Starting this weekend, I need to give the exterior a coat of paint and fix down the roof. Then I shall break through and share with you the internal progress.

More soon & stay safe in these troubling times

Eric the Shed

part two can be found HERE