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Handyman emeritus, Jacques Renaud still needs new projects, like this wooden shelter designed and manufactured for his cousin. A simple work in appearance, but hiding a great technicality.

Oak garden shed.

Whether for him, his family, his neighbors or his friends, Jacques Renaud often designs and produces small projects, preferably in wood. This is the opportunity that makes the thief: "My cousin asked me if I wanted to build a shelter for him to store his firewood, and at the same time one of my neighbors cut and sawed the oak to a suitable size and did not do anything about it. like to work oak... " It was enough for our reader to start the business, after negotiating at a good price this oak to his neighbor.
The next step was to establish a plan: "My cousin gave me the dimensions of the building, but unfortunately it was limited by the square, so the shelter is a little tight."
The project takes shape, the shelter is built from a pole-beam structure and a traditional frame.
A little pride for Jacques Renaud: "Everything is assembled in a traditional way by tenons and mortises, there is no metal assembly."

Preliminary steps

Draw plans through computer-assisted design software.

Jacques Renaud has long since traded the drawing board for computer assisted design software.
"I like having new projects, putting myself in front of my computer and drawing them, which allows me to improve on my drawing software."

Extend the exit table of the jointer.

To work more comfortably, he does not hesitate to adapt tooling to his new projects. As here, with the exit table of the jointer he has lengthened.

Replace the original jointer guide with a piece of machined wood.

"It was also necessary to replace the original guide with a piece of machined wood so as to facilitate the squaring of the posts and the partial sawing of the notches at their top."

Well organized and equipped workshop.

A skilled handyman is recognized for the quality of his tools and organization. And the least we can say is that our reader is equipped and organized. Nothing is left to chance…

Preparation and pre-assembly of the pieces of wood in the workshop

Jacques attacks the preparation of the small building. Everything happens first at home: "My cousin does not live nearby, he is 70 km away, so I prepared and pre-assembled all the necessary parts for the construction of the shelter before transporting them to the site. mounting." Equipped with good tools and a solid experience, Jacques Renaud works with method and precision: "For the smallest parts like crossbow, the punches where the strutsI used classic tools: combined with wood, radial saw, drill, ripper and band saw. "
The mortice are made using a tenoner and a flat wick. As to likethey are designed with a simple saw. "In both cases, the finishes are made with a carpenter's chisel." For ease, he also assembles the framing farms at the workshop before transporting them.
It remains to provide some practical details, such as the door of the shelter. It will be a door recovery: "I had put it aside for a long time." Nothing is thrown... For the facade, he chooses a siding Douglas fir.

Plan the oak pieces.

The first stage of the project involved plan the pieces of oak: "I cut everything with a hand plane."

Prepare the hallmarks of the frame and the mortises.

The first pieces, like the hallmarks of the frame, begin to take shape. The mortice are carefully prepared so that the tenons can be introduced without too much force.

Realize the tenons with the radial saw.

All like, cuts and angles, were made with a radial saw set in depth. Finishing of the tenons was achieved with a circular saw blade mounted on the spindle shaft.

Cut the stakes into raw wood.

The tie beams are cut in rough wood (150 x 150 mm): "I first planed them to dress the pieces." To prepare the nicks at the top of the poles, our reader uses a plunge saw, then finishes with the carpenter's scissors. In contrast, crossbowman reservations are made only with a chisel.

Assemble the parts of the trusses of the frame.

This is the moment of truth, all the pieces of framing farms are machined, assembly can begin. And... everything goes as planned.

Set up adjustable metal legs on the posts.

After the farms, our reader completes the poles, six in all, with the introduction of metal feet adjustable in height.

Load the pieces of wood on a trailer.

Everything is ready, all that remains is to load two trailers and to go on site for the assembly.

Express mounting of the shelter

Arrived on the spot, Jacques Renaud attack without delay the assembly of the shelter. While he was at the workshop, his cousin leaked a small concrete slab by a mason at the site dedicated to the construction. The slab being dry, the assembly begins with the installation of the poles, anchored to the ground via their metal plates.
After adjustments, the cousin and his neighbor are mobilized to pose both farms: "The neighbor is a farmer, he helped us with his tractor to raise and present the farms at the right of the poles." A child's play: well prepared, structure and framework fit together without difficulty: "Only one farm asked for a little more time, 5 to 10 minutes." Modest our reader, because it will not take them more than an hour to assemble and solidariser all.
But it's not over: stay on closed and the covered. First the cover. With an amazing impression of ease: "For laying tiles, just read the data sheet." Then the cladding, the door and the bar, a formality. The anchorage just finished, our reader already has other projects in mind.

Drill the fixing holes of the metal plates on the post.

The editing starts with the installation of poles. "To make it easier to drill the fixing holes of the metal plates, I made a drilling template."

Assemble the braces between the posts by tenons and mortises.

Once the poles are in place, platen adjustment, squaring and leveling work is required before proceeding. This step depends largely on the quality of the work. The bracings in particular are made with oak uprights, assembled between the posts by tenons and mortises.

Place the trusses on the posts.

Raised with the fork of the tractor of the neighbor farmer, the farms quickly found their place on the posts: "For one of them, it took a little support with the fork and a few hammers to get in. But positioning them did not take more than an hour."

Dressing of the facades of the wooden shelter.

The construction continues with thefacade cladding and the laying rafters future coverage. Rather than windows, bars are stuck in the amounts. They will let the air through to evacuate moisture.

Make a small molding on the posts.

"I enjoyed making a small molding on the posts, that's my signature."

Lay the eaves and the tiles.

The sheathing as well as roof tiles are laid in stride. The blanket is intended to withstand snow episodes: "We are almost 1000 meters above sea level, so I planned a 30-degree slope for the snow, and as the construction is small, I find it a little detrimental to aesthetics, but it's essential."

Shelter with oak wall and tiled roof to store firewood.

Some finishes and it will be time to put away the tools. Our reader will be able to go back to new adventures... of handyman!

Good to know

Garden, pool or wood shelters, if not attached and accessible directly from the main dwelling, are not covered by home insurance. It is therefore necessary, in order to protect them and the property inside, to subscribe specific warranty extension. In the event of a claim, a deductible is applied to the repair costs, the amount of which must be indicated in the contract. The compensation for stored goods is capped. Be careful not to store valuables.

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