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Step 1: Excavate the site and remove earth from bank until you hit ledge.
I work with a lot of antique and reclaimed lumber, which means I buy it when I come across it, not just when I need it for a project. This leads to the problem of where to store the lumber until I’m ready to use it.
When a neighbor took down an old barn last year and offered the beams to me, I knew exactly what I wanted (and needed) to build with them – a shed dedicated to lumber storage, right next to my shop.
Step 2: Remove tree from ledge.
Step 3: Clean off roots and dirt from ledge with pick-axe, shovel and high pressure water. Dig down below frost level until you hit ledge at footing locations.
Step 4: Bring concrete footing up to grade and then use rocks removed from bank to start walls.
Step 5: Continue rock walls vertically and attach to solid ledge with morter. Also start the back wall at this point.
Step 6: Continue back wall height and side walls, locking onto nooks and crannies of ledge with morter. Roughly check for square.
Step 7: Continue side walls vertically until level with back wall.
Step 8: Level two front walls to each other and cement in threaded rods, which will later lock down sills.
Step 9: Smooth out trap rock floor.
... and back view. Just a little more cement work to level off the back wall, add more threaded rods, and then it's time for the posts and beams...
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I love how individual opinions of 'Quick and Easy' differ. :)
This looks like an absolutely amazing project. I love the use of local materials and when it's done I'm sure it will look like the bones of it been around for 100 years.
Keep up the good work and I'm looking forward to part II.
(Those two trees just up slope look like they'll give you trouble in 20 years or so.)
Wouldn't it be much quicker and easier to stack it in the way that Lee Grindinger writes about in Tauton's "Selecting and Drying Wood" - page 107 has a nice illustration.
Hmmmm...I like it...however, stacking in a corner is much quicker...look forward to part 2!
This is just part 1. John has part 2 in the works, I'm sure.
Okay, I get the "quick and easy" part; that's obvious from the photos. But where's the actual rack?
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