Nearly there. Now I’m down to the finishing touches. First the end gables which hold up the canvas cover in a pitched roof style to run off the rain. What is cunning about these is that they can be quickly removed for passage under very low bridges. Such bridges don’t come along very often, but I can think of two or three where we’ve had to lower stuff. You certainly don’t want to have to lift off the whole box.
The board just slides in behind those metal brackets which I fashioned from a length of aluminium angle from Wickes. This is an improved system since my last box when the end gables just rested there on the corner leg tops. The ridge pole sat in little cups screwed to the gable, which was all very well when the cover was stretched over, but it fell to bits every time the cover was removed to get at the contents of the box. This time the gables will stay put.
That just leaves the ridge pole. The old one is just too short so I needed to source a new one. This is where my parsimony comes in. A length of suitably thick dowel from Wickes would have cost an outrageous £14.59, but over the road at Toolstation I can get a 5ft wooden broom handle of the same diameter for £1.91. Or I could if they were in stock. They’ll have some more tomorrow. I might be rubbish at carpentry but I’m a master at sourcing. I now need a cunning plan for supporting the ends of the ridge pole. Something that will let it lift out easily, but not fall out easily. I feel a test rig coming on.