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    1. 09-18-2018 04:26 PM #1
      Hi guys I need to build a makeshift shed to store not so valuable things for the time being...
      but I want to have it double as a slide out for my Toyota Previa van in the future.

      Wondering how I should connect my aluminum pieces.





      I have four extruded aluminum beams to connect vertically.

      And will need to buy four 8 foot aluminum square beams to run horizontally (the black beam in the picture is for example)
      Whats the best way to connect these?





      I have these metal sockets... maybe i can cut them up to work as corner connectors?



      Use plates as braces?


      The way it would work is to lift the cage out half way through and put a wood spacer between the ceiling and cage to level it out. Ive stood on the square tubing pictured and it can hold my weight.
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      09-18-2018 04:28 PM #2
      You're going to use metal electrical boxes for structure?

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    4. 09-18-2018 04:32 PM #3
      Im on a budget... and rather then having them go to waste... I know they are not deep enough... but I can straighten them out and use multiple ones in place of metal plates?

      Ive also seen these as the most heavy duty brackets for a reasonable price... not sure if they are good enough.
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      09-18-2018 04:40 PM #6
      The only thing dumber than this thread that I can possibly imagine is putting a wood burning stove inside a Previa

    8. 09-18-2018 04:43 PM #7
      You can see a preview of it...

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      09-18-2018 04:44 PM #8
      Some shed building tutorial reading for you to consider: https://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/s...s-I-don-t-even

    10. 09-18-2018 04:48 PM #9
      I recall seeing that thread years ago and apparently that shed is 5 driving minutes away from where I plan to make my shed (south Burnaby B.C.).

      edit - interestingly enough the builders were using a Previa!
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      09-18-2018 04:53 PM #10
      Yay! This should be fun. Off to the popcorn store..........I might need a new chair, too......
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      09-18-2018 04:55 PM #11
      Housing in the Vancouver area must be really expensive.



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    14. 09-18-2018 05:00 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      Housing in the Vancouver area must be really expensive.
      I hope to capitalize on this by freeing people to live in my future make shift micro homes.
      The Previa can be stealthy to park in safe urban area yet have the space to stand up in to cook and shower. The red mount here can be made of tripods and leather to prop-up when stationary (sunroof retracted).


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      09-18-2018 05:01 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by VigorousZX View Post
      I recall seeing that thread years ago and apparently that shed is 5 driving minutes away from where I plan to make my shed (south Burnaby B.C.).

      edit - interestingly enough the builders were using a Previa!
      Must be something in the water.

    16. 09-18-2018 05:04 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Senior Member View Post
      If you're looking for a shed,
      Theres a decent sized one on Craigslist here for $200 but it doesnt serve my purposes to use for a slide out after.
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      09-18-2018 05:05 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by VigorousZX View Post
      I recall seeing that thread years ago and apparently that shed is 5 driving minutes away from where I plan to make my shed (south Burnaby B.C.).

      edit - interestingly enough the builders were using a Previa!
      What is it about Previa owners and their total lack of construction skills?

    18. 09-18-2018 05:08 PM #17
      More like none conformist... maybe free spirited? Building that shed the way he wanted is probably very therapeutic then having to follow some manual.
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      09-18-2018 05:14 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by VigorousZX View Post
      More like none conformist... maybe free spirited? Building that shed the way he wanted is probably very therapeutic then having to follow some manual.
      Except when you go to sheath the walls and roof and your plywood edges don't fall on studs or joists, and are all out of square that you end up building a weak structure or using way more material than you need to when using basic, tried and true, construction techniques. That is when you end up needing therapy. Perhaps you should try one or the other.

    20. 09-18-2018 05:25 PM #19
      Yes having built more then a few carving machine gantries (CNC), one must pay attention to measurements and stress loads... but I didnt really find anything for my slide-out application.. although I couldve searched long and hard on the instructables.com site for bracing ideas.

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      09-18-2018 05:28 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by VigorousZX View Post
      I recall seeing that thread years ago and apparently that shed is 5 driving minutes away from where I plan to make my shed (south Burnaby B.C.).

      edit - interestingly enough the builders were using a Previa!
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      What is it about Previa owners and their total lack of construction skills?
      That's not a Previa. That's a Sienna.

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    22. 09-18-2018 05:29 PM #21
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      09-18-2018 05:51 PM #23
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      09-18-2018 05:57 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by VigorousZX View Post
      I recall seeing that thread years ago and apparently that shed is 5 driving minutes away from where I plan to make my shed (south Burnaby B.C.).

      edit - interestingly enough the builders were using a Previa!

      Let me know when its done. I have to see this in person.

    26. 09-18-2018 06:11 PM #25
      The shed it self will be weak... but when I eventually incorporate a hardwood floor, add some Balsa wood paneling and insert it all in the van I will be putting it up for display to sell. You can follow my Autoarts facebook page to find out whens its eventuality finished.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      Good luck building your home.
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