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Blog entry by DavidH posted 09-13-2010 06:03 AM 1519 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Living in South Texas we don’t have basements; my wife and I are fortunate to own our own house, and I am fortunate enough that our garage is dedicated to being a workshop, although this didn’t come about until recently.
Up until now the garage was just that it held everything that wasn’t really fit to be inside the house along with all of my woodworking tools etc. However, I’ve moved all of those non-woodworking (at least a majority) of them to a shed in our back yard, and the garage has official been renamed the workshop!

Building a small shed in your backyard is a perfect way to get all of those things that aren’t woodworking related out of the way. You have a bunch of different options, buy a wooden kit, buy a metal kit, build one from scratch yourself.

If you are looking to buy you also have an endless number of choices, shop around and remember the big sale weekends.

If you are looking to build your own you can certainly use your favorite search engine and look around a bit, there are numerous free planes and articles, one such article by The Family Handyman.
I ended up purchasing a 5×6 low profile metal shed. The installation was straight forward:

1. Start by leveling off the area you plan to place the shed, I removed the sod and then leveled it with rock.
2. build a floor out of pressure treated 2×4’s and pressure treated plywood.
3. for the metal shed it was a matter of snapping together the panels and screwing the different sections together per the manufactures instructions.
4. a little shelving will go a long way to giving you additional space rather than just stacking everything on the floor. I still have a little work to do inside of mine but it holds (for now) everything that I need it to.

It took me about a half a day to level with rock and build the floor and then just short of a full day to assembly ,weatherize and shelve the shed.

Shed Front View

Rock Foundation

Shed Inside 1

Shed Inside 2

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)



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twokidsnosleep

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 06:56 AM

I know you don’t have kids if you can fit all the non woodworking stuff into that cool little shed.You are so fortunate to be able to clear house and make the garage your shop…that is my dream and I am so jealous. I did set up a plastic shed for yard care stuff, but my ‘shop’ is over-run.
I need a bigger space…or fewer kids :0

The 15×18 garage has 4 bikes, 2 scooters, 2 hockey nets, over a dozen hockey sticks, assorted toys and balls, outdoor Christmas lights, 2 sets snow tires on rims, paint and supplies, boxes of text books and notes both mine and family friends junk while they are overseas etc etc and then woodworking equipment, wood, bench etc

PS nice job on the shed

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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DavidH

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 07:05 AM

hehe, your display name says it all, although I do have one child, she is 3 months old (today in fact) so she hasn’t acquired very much yet; but I have already started to plant the seed that a second shed will need to be purchased for all of those outdoor “items” we’ll see how it works out.

I have all of our Christmas (and other holiday) stuff up in the attic, i laid floor up there when we moved in, although we are almost out of space, guess ill need to lay some more ..

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 07:36 PM

DaveH, I went the other direction, having bought and waiting on delivery of a wooden shed from handy home. Soon as it gets here, have a contingent of people ready to help me put it up. so that I can also get everything out of my garage to make it a shop. I went a little larger 12×24, also adding a second floor of 4’ knee walls then adding the roof so that I can basically double my space. Mine willhouse the lawnmowers, motorcylce, christmas, halloween, easter and any other decorations plus eveything in the attic.. Will post pictures of mine start to finish when it arives. Glad the small shed was able to accomadate what you need, but see a bigger one in the future for you. There usually is. At least now you have a “shop”!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 10:29 PM

David, I am glad you took my comment the right way, in jest.
Congrats on the birth of your daughter, kids are a special gift.
I predict a large rolling plastic Barbie car in your future and another shed :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 01:51 AM

Lets see the pics of “The Workshop”!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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DavidH

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 03:41 AM

hey Matt long time no talk! For now the pics in my workshop profile will have to do , not much has changed there, just i have a free spot along the wall not shown in the pics where all the lawn stuff used to live, I’m in the process of re-organizing and building a lumber rack in that spot, then ill be moving my dust collector to where you see the lumber standing now and getting my dust collection setup. So definitely a lot to come. Trying to ramp up so I don’t miss out on the cooler weather which I hope comes sooner rather then later this year :)

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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DavidH

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 03:46 AM

GaryD, sounds like it will be a great setup, look forward to seeing it.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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woodchick2

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 03:55 PM

Thanks for your kind welcome! I am framing supports for the absent (what WERE they thinking!!!) load bearing wall in the first floor. I have worked with an engineering student from Penn State to get the support correctly placed and I hope to have the actual replacement wall plans in hand shortly. This is a beautiful old building. The cupola above the third floor has three generations of hand-carved graffitti by three generations of naughty Young boys. I am trying to figure a way to keep these intact, even though they mar the case work up there. Well, back to work, this is a job full of detail. I’m like a carpenter in a hardware store with a pocket full of cash and every tool I ever wanted there for the taking! If it isn’t the finishes, its finding antique door hinges or hardware. Found a great place in Cambridge Mass. that can get me what I need.
You put your shed to good use. This ole Yankee likes the thrifty use of space.

-- woodchick2, Rhode Island, http://www.youngpugs@cox.net

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 11-01-2010 05:01 AM

Congrats buddy.

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woodchick2

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#10 posted 11-01-2010 05:08 PM

You know, you are on the right track with that nifty shed. May I suggest a framed in back wall of peg boar. Then you can hanf stuff kike tools and rakes and get less frustration and more room to store stuff. With all kinds of brackets, hooks and small shelf units that can be used with peg board, you can really maximize space and eliminate the frustration factor. Still, the shed makes a ton of sense – good job!

-- woodchick2, Rhode Island, http://www.youngpugs@cox.net

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DavidH

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#11 posted 11-01-2010 06:03 PM

woodchick,

your absolutely right, i need to hang the tools on the back wall, i’ve also considered adding some brackets on the back of the shed (outside) to hang stuff that i don’t care about being exposed to the elements.

thanks for commenting.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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woodchick2

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#12 posted 11-01-2010 11:46 PM

Yer welcome!
Yes, things like properly drained garden hoses can indeed stay outside all winter. Don’t forget to oil your yard tool’s though, rust gets a good tool a trip to the trash. You could try an old trick my dad taught me. Take a two by four, put some visquine (rubber ice dam) and use flashing to deflect water on one side. On the other take metal lids off small jars (Ball Jars work well) and screw them to the other side of the 2 X 4. Hang it along one side and put small items you use often in each jar. Extra plugs for the mower, washers, etc. You can even hang it in side without all the drama of flashing, etc. Just unscrew the jar and fetch what you need. Everything is in plain sight. I’m an Army Brat and a frugal Yankee, waste no space or useful thing has genetically been ingrained in my soul. My daughter used to call me a packrat until I kept coming up with a needed item when she asked if I had it…...:)

-- woodchick2, Rhode Island, http://www.youngpugs@cox.net

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