Old School Shed from reclaimed lumber

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 12-22-2010 08:19 PM 4496 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While a shed may not be what most have in mind when they think project, I’m still trying to learn basic concepts and figured this would a valuable learning oppurtunity for me. I got to use my joiner for the first real project (doors) and I hand planed and chiseled quite a few edges around the structure. Sadly, I still don’t have my cabinet saw powered, so I did this all on a 8 1/4” makita sitting on the ground. Ugh.

I dismantled a free shed from craiglist, all rough sawn lumber. Upon stripping the vinyl I found weathered barn board siding.

So I moved everything to my place and slowly rebuilt the shed over the course of a few months.

The foundation is made from gathered fieldstones. Wow, was that a lot of work, especially using my wagon!

I changed around the layout by moving the door, adding a window and adding the double doors at the end. No nails (except for the roof). Everything’s outdoor screws. I ended up buying more reclaimed lumber to support my changes.

I made the doors (“W” battons) and even the door handles/latch on the end (my favorite accessory!). The hinges were made for me by a small blacksmith I found online.

After installing the cedar shingles I built a cupola. It’s not perfect, but boy, was it hard to make. I had a lot of “complex” angles and belves in it and was runing out of shingles so every cut had to be perfect. Although I’d design it a bit differently the next time, I was proud of the tight, beveled joints I was able to make.

Ran conduit from the barn to the shed and installed a light and outlets.

Finally, I built a gravel/stone/stonedust ramp, which I think blends well with the rustic shed. Hopefully, the tan bits (previously unexposed lumber) will gray up soon for that perfect look.

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 08:42 PM

Beautiful project. Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 08:48 PM

Very cool. Great job!

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 09:02 PM

You did a beautiful job Todd !
It has a very nice aged look to it and i really like how you did the foundation .
Great use of reclaimed wood too !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 09:59 PM

Nice job. I actually like the contrast of the age of the woods. Wish I had enough reclaimed wood to do something like that.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 10:43 PM

I really like anything from reclaimed materials. What are the dimensions of your shed ?
(I have seen anyone hauling rock like that since my sister was in Rocky Mountains. Every day she wood bring a trunk full of river stone home to build her Rock Garden and Fish Pond. That poor Chrysler !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 12:07 AM

Nice shed. Well made. Regarding the large stones in the back of the clean SUV, are you speaking with your wife yet??

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 12:20 AM

Todd, really nice job. Wish I had you as a neighbor. Hard working, and dedicated to doing something beautiful and functional with what rescources you can come up with. Hell, I’d even let you borrow my truck for that haulin. NICE, you should be proud

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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#8 posted 12-23-2010 12:28 AM

nice work on the shed but if you talk to your neighbor it looks like he has a truck. merry christmas


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#9 posted 12-23-2010 12:58 AM

Thanks for all the great compliments!

I also love reclaimed materials, especially old wood. Our kitchen has new, modern wood and it just doesn’t go. Someday I hope to be able to rip it out and go the reclaimed route. Possibly even from wood in the attic, as the house was built in the 1730s.

The neighbors were all voting on the siding as it was going up, saying they wanted to see it sided. Once it was up, every one of them converted to my weathered barn board look. Which is good, because cedar ain’t cheap!

ps: the guys building the house in the background got a kick out of my project. It’s basically the antithesis of their project, which is everything new and modern. They got a kick out of heckling me for having too much time on my hands to be doing it the way I did.

Oh, and on two separate occasions, I had a different guy wander out to chat while I was shingling in the darkness after work. My head mounted light . It was like talking to Wilson from Tool Time … I never actually met either one of them and couldn’t look right at them with the light. ;)

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#10 posted 12-23-2010 02:03 AM

That is a great use of reclaimed lumber. A true lumber jock! I like the whole thing! How do you lock it?

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#11 posted 12-23-2010 02:32 AM

Todd, love the shed and wish I had the money for cedar as well, just finished mine settling for t-111. You might have gotten extra points for using real handmade nails made by your blacksmith. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#12 posted 12-23-2010 02:37 AM

”nice work on the shed but if you talk to your neighbor it looks like he has a truck”


-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 12-23-2010 03:07 AM

So wonderful.
Best thoughts, and marry christmas,

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

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#14 posted 12-23-2010 03:34 AM

Beautiful looking shed! How big is it?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 12-23-2010 03:56 AM

Hi Todd;

This is really a beautiful little shed! Great job.

I feel kind of bad for your wagon, though… hauling those stones!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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