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More catchin' up...


Every day, going back and forth to work (its only a few miles down the valley) I drive by the "Old Weber Place". My step-Dad had it several decades ago, and during the late 30's and early 40's, was host to a CCC work camp. One winter, things were slow for the "boys", and he asked the "Super" if they could build a playhouse for his daughters. He provided the lumber, and they turned out the SWEETEST little house... pretty much a four-foot by six foot scale-model of a real house. The studs are 1x2's on 8" centers, the 2x2 rafters are all birds-mouthed over the stud walls, and the lap-siding is 4" wide. All cedar construction! The poor little thing has sat, unloved and abandoned since then, and I couldn't help myself. I asked for permission to haul it off. Janie and I took a small bike trailer down there, and with a coupla boards for ramps, and a piece of plywood to skid it onto, we pushed it onto the trailer with a long bar. I REALLY wasn't sure it was gonna hang together for the loading process, and I wish I had pics of the expressions on the faces of the drivers we met along the road home... Unloading was easy. Two 2x6's screwed to the walls allowed me to jack it up high enough to drive the trailer out from under it, leaving it hanging from the blocking. The floor was toast, so I simply cut the nails holding it to the bottom plate. I dragged the rotten mess out from under, built a new floor on the trailer, and backed it under. With a solid, square floor, the rest was easy. The roofing was toast, and only about a third of the siding, and none of the windows had survived. All the connecting points were nailed, and what with the generally poor condition of the framing called for an alternative approach. Fortunately, it had been built of cedar, or it simply wouldn't have lasted like that. I sheeted it outside with wafer-board (because I had it) and inside with 1/8" plywood paneling, which I reversed and painted. I really don't know how many hours I have in it, or how much money, but it HAS to be 80-90 hrs of my time, while the cash outlay was around $100. Mostly for paint and caulking... I may have to start calling myself "The Shed Whisperer".  



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Great stuff, HOWEVER, my favorite is the one where the youngin' is peeking out the window - - - - a classic in every way ! Recycling wooden history is almost a lost art - - - KUDOS to Y'all !

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