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Project by dakotawood posted 10-29-2010 04:57 AM 4356 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, so this isn’t so much of a “woodworking” project. However, it’s playing a pivotal role in emptying my garage out to make room for my woodworking set-up. I didn’t really want a shed in my backyard taking up yard space, so I built my shed beneath my covered deck.

I have a walk-out ranch with a covered deck off the kitchen. Directly below this is a concrete slab off the family room in my basement. It was a very strange build. I had to build it backwards. I started with the roof – which were panels attached to the floor joists of my deck. I then built the walls to fit into the openings between the roof panels and concrete.

There was some tedious work, but I think it turned out pretty good. I wanted it to blend into the house – make it appear like it was meant to be there in the first place. It is roughly a 16×9 shed with probably 9-10 ft high ceiling. I also enclosed under the deck stairs – a perfect nook for my snow blower in the off-season. I had a power outlet already there, so that is now inside the shed and I took power from that to give me two lights on a switch inside the shed. I decided to build my own doors, which gave me a chance to get a little creative. I believe it’s a 6 ft wide door when both doors are opened. It was a very fun a rewarding project!

-- Travis, South Dakota





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GaryL

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 05:04 AM

Great idea! Blends in with the house nicely. The doors were a great touch.

Any concerns with the concrete heaving in the winter and binding the doors/walls etc.?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 06:30 AM

Wow…That’s a great use of space. I’m with Gary those are nice doors.

-- Jeff

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 06:44 AM

Great use of space, and those are some REALLY nice doors…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 07:23 AM

It does appear to have always been there. I really like the doors. Great work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 08:05 AM

Hey Travis,
Cool design and finish…well done.

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 01:23 PM

What a great use of space. Too bad the sliding door was right there or you could have had a shed 3X the size.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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WoodSimplyMade

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 02:04 PM

That is a tremendous job! It looks fanastic. The doors have a rustic look but still match and blend in with the house. Excellent Job!

-- Mike, Florida, http://www.woodsimplymade.com

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 02:05 PM

Looks great. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 02:17 PM

Great job on that storage room. It looks like it was put there when the house was built.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 02:25 PM

Excellent and creative!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#11 posted 10-29-2010 04:40 PM

Wow…I love your doors.

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#12 posted 10-29-2010 05:16 PM

I love the doors too. Any info on how you made the doors? Did you make rails and stiles?

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bentle

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#13 posted 10-29-2010 06:26 PM

Yes, the doors are awesome. I am working on a similar project which requires a set of doors very much like yours. Very sharp!

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mafe

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#14 posted 10-29-2010 10:43 PM

Wonderful place you will get there.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 10-30-2010 04:15 AM

Thanks for nice remarks on the doors. These were the first doors I’ve ever done. I researched online and looked at some books at Lowe’s. I kind of took some tips from a few sources and went with it. Sorry I don’t have any good close-ups of them.

They were very basic in construction. I put some tongue and groove cedar boards together, then attached them with 1×3 cedar boards on the back of the doors in a “Z” pattern. I used PL construction adhesive and screws for this. Then I stained all the cedar boards as a unit. I then cut out the rails and stiles to size for the front of the door. They were just the cheapo 1×4 white boards. Once cut I primed and painted them all before putting them onto the door. I then PL’d and finish nails these onto front of door. So, no actual joinery involved. I figure with the Z pattern on inside of door they will be rock solid. If you look closely, there were some small gaps btwn rails and stiles, but I just put a little putty in there and touched up with paint – hardly noticeable. I was kind of in a hurry and getting sick of the shed project, so I didn’t feel like getting spiffy with the door joinery.

Thanks again.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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