A few key tools, a modest outlay on materials, and three days’ worth of sweat equity turned what could have been a pedestrian building project into a sturdy – and stylish – 2,4 x 2 m shed. By David Agrell
Fred Mackerodt, a long-time contributor and friend to Popular Mechanics, needed a shed – nothing monumental or elaborate, just a basic structure to house his tallest outdoor gear such as rakes, ladders and assorted tools.
Well, there was more to it than that. This shed would live among the historic barns and stables scattered throughout Fred’s farm, a 105 ha property of rolling hills, horse pastures and cedar woodlands located two hours north of New York City. Fred wanted something durable and attractive that would complement his property, not just a flimsy shack for storing garden tools.
Given the fact that I had spent the previous few months either tethered to a desk or remodelling the finicky interior of a Brooklyn brownstone, I was eager to start something comparatively chunky and forgiving. So I jumped at the chance to take on the project, to be out in the fresh air, swinging a big hammer and grinding through timber with a circular saw. Armed with PM contributing editor Joseph Truini’s book, Building a Shed, I spent a few days drawing up plans. I also gleaned tips from other experienced builders – including my colleague, Roy Berendsohn, who completed his first shed when he was 16 years old using nothing but an Estwing hammer, his dad’s Stanley handsaw and a Black & Decker jigsaw.
Read more in PM’s Apr ’13 issue – on sale 25 March.