Now.....Since my good friend Sinfonian had some questions about how the walls were connected, I wanted to share some pictures with details for better understanding....First, here's a closeup photo of the header (minus the cripple studs). Now, in a one room building such as this, the outer walls are what carries the weight of the entire roof. These are commonly called "load bearing walls". Well...anytime a doorway or window is framed into one of these walls, it becomes a weak point, and the span acroos the opening has to be beefed up to carry the weight.....without headers, a door or window will "stick", "rub", or not open/close very good. Imagine how much weight it would take to cause 2 pieces of 2x6, about 38" long (doubled, laying on edge) to deflect even a fraction of an inch. Yeah....hundreds of pounds. So, once the small cripple studs are installed into the gap above the header, it will easily carry it's share of the roof weight.
Photo below - The 2x4 section (sole plate) at the bottom of the doorway is usually removed (cut) with a saw before the door is installed, and this is where the threshold goes. However, I'll leave mine in there (because I don't want an actual threshold). This is a shed, not a house.....
Photo below - The corners of the individual walls are butted up to each other, then nailed. Other boards will be added later, and are commonly called "deadwood". These are necessary for attaching sheetrock, or other interior wall coverings to. The 2 photos below are of the same corner.....
Photo below - A complete shot of the construction so far. After the cripple studs are toenailed into the 3-1/2" gap above the header, it will be time to start building the rafters. These will be built in place - one board at a time. Remember....this is a 1 man project, and I don't have John here! Hmmm....I wonder how much a plane ticket from Washington to Alabama would be......Ha!
In other news, I will probably be having surgery performed on both knees sometime in the near future, because it has become very painful to walk. This is due to both genetics, and spending over 20 years walking on the concrete floor of a manufacturing plant. This will be my last year for major outdoor projects, because my joints are quickly deteriorating. After the shed is complete, i'll build a wooden ramp for my parents' motorized wheelchair - and that will be it. Besides.....a person has to stop building things sometime, it's getting to look like an amusement park around here. Ha!
Take care, and happy building!