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  1. #1
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    Default Under $100 storage shed

    Hereís a photo of an 8 by 8 backyard storage shed built a couple of years back for under $100. Most of the wood came from helicopter main rotor blade shipping containers or scrap pieces left over from various construction projects where I worked. Much of it was grayed and weathered but otherwise still sound. If it was destined for the land fill, I was given the opportunity to take it. I didnít have enough 2 x 4ís for all the wall studs and roof trusses, but I did have plenty of 8 foot long 3/8 inch plywood scraps that would otherwise have ended up at the land fill. So, I manufactured some of my own 2 x 4ís by ripping the scraps to 3 1/2 inches, then gluing and screw-nailing 4 strips together. The paint was $5.00/gallon mis-mixed color paint. The biggest expense was for two packages of asphalt shingles as I only had one package on hand that was left over when I re-roofed my house 5 years earlier.


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    For scrap that is a very nice shed.

    Was this designed on the fly or did you work off a plan?

    If a plan, do you mind sharing with the group?

    Winter is a coming, and I think more than a few beeks get kicked out of the garage so that our queens can park their cars out of the weather!

    -Jeff
    There is always more than one way to skin a cat, that's of course if you're into eating cats.

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    Wow! Great job! Your construction skills are outstanding. Oh, by the way, it looks a bit chilly in the photo...burrrrrrrrr!
    "My child, eat honey, for it is good." (Proverbs 24:13)

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    Jeff, Iím afraid I donít have any plans. It was built as I went along.

    Hereís a photo showing some of the home-made plywood 2 x 4ís (and also what a good coat of paint covered up on the outside!).

    http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i1...d/100_0115.jpg

    dcross, I like your pallet sheds. Did you build one?

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    A nice result from using scrap material! Looking at your inside shot, since you used plywood everywhere, you could (could have) eliminated the roof trusses by fabricating a plywood ridge beam to hang the rafters off of. You have direct support on the gable ends for a ridge beam. Anyway, nice shed.

    - Barry

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    Brrrrrrrrr You're freezin me to death!!!

    Nice shed though!

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    Well, at the time, it seemed as though it would be easier for me to make the trusses since I could put those together on the ground. The horizontal truss members do allow for storing items topside. I did consider going with a ridge board and rafters. That, of course, would have provided more open area under the roof.

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    i'd be willing to bet that if you did a good enough job on those plywood 2x4s that they'd be stronger than any pine 2x4 you could buy. it looks like you did a fine job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Allen View Post
    dcross, I like your pallet sheds. Did you build one?

    No, just eyeing up the scrap pallets at work for now

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