Cutting the birdsmouth notches
Finishing the kennel
Pair up the baseplates and top plates to mark the stud positions on both simultaneously. Secure the studs with adhesive and screws then compare the diagonals to check for square. Attach the door head 500mm up from the base of the front wall.
Erect the wall frames by drilling 2mm pilot holes then securing screws through the side frames into the front and back frames. Ensure the outside faces are flush then attach the frame assembly to the baseboard with screws through the baseplates.
Position two roof support crossrails between the ends of the roof support sides, and one 400mm from the front, then clamp firmly and secure with adhesive and screws. Leave to dry then attach the roof support frame to the top plates using screws.
Clamp 145mm offcuts to prop the ridge in position. Use a mitresaw to cut the rafter ends at 30° then clamp the rafters together ensuring ends are flush. Measure and mark the birdsmouth position on the rafters, then cut with a tenon saw.
Position the rafters evenly spaced along the ridge and roof frame sides then secure with adhesive and screws. Leave to dry then remove the props.
TIP Drill a 5mm clearance hole at an angle of about 30° through the rafter into the roof frame side.
Cut the fence palings to length, measuring as you go to correct for small variations in size then secure with nails, starting at the baseboard and working your way up.
TIP Cut the top board along the grain to fill the remaining space.
Cut four verandah posts with a 30° angled top to sit snug under the roof. Attach to the side of the rafters and roof frame using adhesive and screws, plus to the baseboard by securing with screws from underneath.
TIP The longer fifth post is cut square.
Cut the roof sheets to length using tin snips and attach to the battens with self-tappers, ensuring an overlap of at least two corrugations. Cut and secure the barge and ridge capping then fill any old holes in the roof sheets with silicone.