I am attempting to build this shack with all used lumber and not spend more that 25 dollars maximum. it is going to be close. I have a lot of materials on hand. nails and screws from jobs past. lumber door window roofing is from left overs or reconstruction.
all walls are 48x84 inches.
lay out your floor plates and cut your angles then cut cut your top plate.
then you need to cut your 2x4x37 inch for 24 inch center. then cut your window sill plate and measure the top to 40 inches,. you will have to match your angle to the bottom plate.
cut your plywood to height
then assemble the 2x4 frame then attach it to the plywood.
dont bother cutting out your window just yet. the sill plate is in place and that is all you need at the moment.
for the wall that has the door in it, you will need to either build a door or find one that will meet your needs.
my door is a 22 inch closset door. Ya it is flimsy, it is hallow. it is what I had. I can up grade it at any time should I choose. on that wall frame you still have to have a cross member the same as the windowed walls. this cross member shoud go about a couple inches below or above the door knob. this will keep your door wall steady as a rock with out having to use a king stud. For this design a king stud is not needed, but if you want to spend the 3 bucks for a couple extra studs you can if you want.
after the walls are constructed you need to make a top plate out of 2x6. this will give you the minimum over hang you will need to keep the water running down off the edge of the shack.
this is as far as I have gotten so far. here are the pics to show what I am doing.
I have constructed the walls at home where I have all the tools and power. from here it can be taken out in to the woods and set up....
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I patched the hole in the door with liquid nail, once it drys I will paint it to some what match the color.
the walls studs top and bottom plate is painted with Bear weatherproffing to make this shack last long enough for the grand kids to use when they reach that age.
I used 1/2 inch chip board "plywood" for the walls, it was what was available for free. they got rained on yesterday before I was able to get them in to the farmers barn. the water beaded off well.
these two peices of plywood is screwed in to the wall plate to keep it from shifting around during transport.
I move them out to location and they rode nicely. I did not go any faster than 50 mph nor did I pull any "G's" going around the corner or curves.
The walls were wedged in between the wheel wells. you may not have that luxury with a full size truck, but then with a full size truck you will be able to close the tail gate.
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