Fred Builds Shed – Part 5 – In Which Bruiser Is Boxed In And Becomes a Bench

(Part 4 of Fred Builds Shed. Read Part 1 herePart 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here.)

Last instalment, I had managed to fit 4 project bikes and parts from 3 other bikes in the shed but still needed a workbench.


My late grandfather’s bench was sitting unused at my grandmother’s house. I managed to fit it in the back of my station wagon last weekend.

At around 10 pm on Monday night, I started looking at how it might fit in my shed.
After measuring the frame, I realised it might just fit around one of the little Hondas.


I looked at the space around Eric, but the temporary shelves right behind him and power cabling above and behind were problematic.


I looked at the space around Bruiser and the more I thought about it, the better it seemed like it would fit.


After moving the box of parts off the seat, I had a better look.


Still a bit high to work around, so the seat came off.


I realised the tank would get in the way of the cross-bracing, so it came off too.


After removing the cross-bracing from the bench frame, I maneuvered one side behind Bruiser.


Looking good! Now for the other one and the cross-braces on one end…


Success! Getting the cross-braces to fit on the other end proved a little harder though…

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After shuffling Bruiser forward a bit, I was able to get the top cross-brace on.20150525_230304

A bit more shuffling and I was able to get the bottom one on too.20150525_230940 20150525_231001

One of Nix’ spare mid-fairings was going to have to move though!


The benchtop went on next, complete with bench vice.


A bit tight against Rosie’s handlebar!


Much better storage space though!


How am I going for time? Hmmm, it’s not that late.


What else can I do and still be inside before midnight? Stack all of those parts better, maybe?


Still room to get to some parts of Bruiser once I get Rosie back on the road…20150525_232619

These would look better above the workbench! I could hang Nix’ spare fairings up on this side…


Hmmm, it’s a bit late and I do have work in the morning.


I called it a night at that point and decided to start sharing the tale of my shed.

On Tuesday night, my girlfriend and her daughter came over. I wanted to show off my progress in the shed and the daughter wanted to sit on Rosie to get a better look. The result was far too cute not to share!


I still have a few more ideas on how to organise things a little better, as the plan is to work on the bikes more and return to semi-regular blog updates soon. You’ll notice these improvements in future posts if you keep reading…

(To be continued?)


Fred Builds Shed – Part 4 – Try To Make The Pieces Fit

(Part 4 of Fred Builds Shed. Read Part 1 herePart 2 here and Part 3 here,)

Last instalment, I had a yard needing tidying, a lockable shed needing storage, access to power and bikes to move out of the carport.


The next day I ran a power cable out the window and through the shed roof, set up the floodlight I’d used under the gazebo and ran power to the existing sensor light, then moved the tools, a heater and some spare parts in.


Over the course of the week, I managed the following on weeknights and the weekend:

I removed the fence, old gate and gate posts from behind the shed.


I tidied up the power cabling by running  a weatherproof cable through the shed roof and moved the weatherproof box for the power board into the shed.


Moved another bike in and tidied up the internal cabling for the light.


Not content to leave things this disorganised, I moved the ladder I’d used for construction back to the garden shed, reshuffled the bikes in the shed so I could fit more in, set up some temporary shelving and hung some parts up on hooks on the walls.


The bikes were organised according to how soon they were likely to be worked on.

Rosie and Scarlet in the middle…


Eric next to Scarlet with some shelves tucked in behind and Bruiser next to Rosie with a box of parts on top.

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After all that, I realised I needed a workbench and better lighting. Fortunately, I had a solution…

(To be continued in Part 5…)

Fred Builds Shed – Part 3 – Floor Finished, Gazebo Gone, Shed Secured!

(Part 3 of Fred Builds Shed. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

Last instalment, I had found a suitable place for the shed – on top of the floor under the gazebo!


I had a water-damaged floor to repair and slight extension of the space to organise.


After a trip to the hardware store, I moved Rosie onto the lawn and set about removing the water-damaged particle board.


A shovel made short work of it, so I put some support pieces under the weakest part.

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I added some extra supports, then fitted a large piece of MDF and some smaller pine boards.

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A bit of sanding with an improvised floor sander before sweeping off the sawdust and it was ready for painting.


The floor was painted with  black non-slip paint and left to dry overnight.

The next morning, I started assembling the shed panels. Having disassembled the shed made reassembly pretty easy, as I knew which parts helped hold the structure together.

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The front door section was first.


Next up was the back wall.

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With the front and rear assembled, the rest came together quite nicely.

I had to attack a wild gazebo due to strong winds, as it kept pushing the shed off the raised floor. Here’s the skinned carcass:


The larger “bones”


And finally a collection of smaller “bones”  – screws and brackets – on top of my trusty toolkit inside the nearly completed shed.


While I needed a break after three days of disassembly, floor repair, painting and construction, I figured it needed a bike in it to be called a bike shed, so Rosie was moved in and a photo taken.


A fresh new padlock on the doors and I finally had a reasonably secure bike shed!


All that remained at this point was to tidy up the yard, make sure I had room to store bike parts, access to power and finally to move bikes back out of the carport.

I was taking that break first, though…

(Continued in Part 4…)

Fred Builds Shed – Part 2 – A Suitable Shed Sourced And Its Placement Planned

(Part 2 of Fred Builds Shed. Read Part 1 here)

Last instalment, I was looking to find a solution to stop this:

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From turning into this every time there was a windy day. 2014-08-18 19.43.33

So I had a few ideas.

I considered a modified shipping container, then realised that the cost of “optional extras” like side access doors and windows made it far more expensive than it looked at first. It also occurred to me that tilt tray delivery to a residential property with a fully enclosed yard would be problematic. I looked at brand new kit sheds but couldn’t find any that were exactly what I was looking for.

So I turned to Gumtree and eBay to see what I could find locally.

Success! I found a second-hand kit shed going cheap. The down side? I had to dismantle and remove it from its current location. So after half a day of dismantling the shed, having sheet metal fall on my head due to disassembling the shed in the wrong order and stacking the parts into my box trailer and driving home, I found myself the owner of a stack of sheet metal and a large bag of screws, nuts & bolts.


I cleared most of the bikes out of the gazebo via the gate in the front fence.


I then moved most of them into the carport and set about finding a suitable space for the shed.


After measuring the sides and base, I was pleased to find that the makeshift floor I’d put under the gazebo was almost the right size. A few repairs and additions and it would fit perfectly!


I figured if it was worth rebuilding the floor, I may as well make a decent job of it. The extent of water damage to the floor was inspected further.


A trip to the hardware store was in order, so I made a shopping list and called it a day.

(Continued in Part 3…)