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My first hexagonal garden shed was constructed in 1998. the main timber construction was still fairly sound and I set off to move it to a new site further down the garden. Upon dismantling it I realised the error of building it on a wooden base. The base was made from toughened waterproof plywood, used in concrete casting but over ten years in contact with the earth it had completely rotted down. As the first shed was slightly too small I decided to build a new one. All was not lost with the original shed. A friend of mine was glad to take it away and rebuild it as a small garden room.
 
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Step 1: Hexagonal Shed site clearance and base

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I decided that the new shed would be built to last and as my new hobby is stained glass, I would incorporate some nice windows The base was to be concrete so I needed to formulate the size and construction method. I was a bit low on carcassing timber for the main build so I used six of the pieces of 2x4 wrapped in clingfilm and reclaimed them like new once the base was cast and left to harden. I then laid down some heavy duty damp proof membrane, and build the floor frame. All the timber was painted with anti fungal/pest you name it preservative. Dropped in some 50mm insulation board between the timber then topped this off with 30mm waterproof plywood.

Step 2: Diagrams and cutting plans

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I used some software to figure out the best way to cut the 8’ x 4’ sheets of ply with minimum wastage.
This was useful for all the ply cutting. I used Visio and Sketchup

Nice touch with the window.

theoblackadder (author)  savvas_papasavva7 months ago
Thank you,
was a good opportunity to practice some stained glass.
your utube vids are really well done with the time lapse making it instructional but concise.
theoblackadder (author) 1 year ago
thank you! It still needs some finishing touches. I hope to put a photo of the inside on the page soon. its lined and has hardwood trim but cant be seen as its presently full of gardening junk. why not have a go and build one? Ive worked all the angles and stuff out. K
foobear1 year ago
my god how beautiful. The stained glass just takes it over the top for me. Wantz one I does!
theoblackadder (author) 1 year ago
its certainly possible K
3366carlos1 year ago
nice. can u make me one? jk
kenbob1 year ago
Beautiful. Curious why you chose not to just use the slab as a concrete floor?
theoblackadder (author)  kenbob1 year ago
Just seen that you are in a warm and dry part of the world. eveything here in the UK is damp and cold for most of the year so proof against these elements is important here. I suppose at least we dont have to watch out for termites! (for now at least!)
theoblackadder (author)  kenbob1 year ago
thank you. I wanted a warm and dry floor - it was the damp that killed my old shed. so with the dpc down and an insulated floor all my garden stuff stays dry and isnt rusting like things did in the old shed. also this should be good as my mausoleum in 50+ years
;-)
Lovely job. This has to be a very cosy work area. Your use of insulation in the floor is a great idea, keeps the feet comfortable! Your skill is evident. Thank you
theoblackadder (author)  cobourgdave1 year ago
thank you. its a bit small for working in with all the gardening implements and I did think of making it into a garden room at one time. However, I have salvaged a load of UPVC doors and windows from my daughter, who's had an extention built and I am presently planning a garden room/ greenhouse/stained glass workshop using this stuff. I will probably put it on Instructables. It looks like there are lots of problems to overcome though. (arent we supposed to call them 'challenges' these days?)
PandaBeat1 year ago
That's better than my house!!!!
theoblackadder (author)  PandaBeat1 year ago
Im sure it isnt! but thanks for the comment. If I'm ever in the doghouse then at least I'll be warm and dry.
VadimS1 year ago
Nice.
The shingles are a nice touch.
I've always liked stained glass.
theoblackadder (author)  VadimS1 year ago
Thank you. I used up lots of left over glass for these windows and used them as practice peices.
Excellent craftsmanship, well done!
theoblackadder (author)  technovative1 year ago
Thank you. It did take a long time to do and I still have some bits to do
Keith