Garden Tool Shed

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Project by Tom Landon posted 05-10-2008 05:30 PM 2411 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After many years of chasing down rakes, shovels, trimmers, posthole diggers, etc., I figured it was time to consolidate the lot of them. Last December I went tho the sawmill in Bushnell and bought 400 bd ft of mill run 4/4 cypress stickered it and let it dry for five months.

I would have let it dry longer but wanted to finish the shed before I left for the summer in Alaska. As it turned out it was more than dry enough for planing and shaping

After planing the cypress I used a panel raising bit and rabbiting bit to make the novelty siding. Start to finish the shed took about two weeks to complete and as a bonus, the wife got 12 30gal plastic bags of cypress chips (mulch) for the gardens.

I didn’t have enough of the Bald Cypress left to make the door so I bit the bullet and bought two 1 X 10 X 14’ kiln dried cypress boards for the door.

My thought is to leave it unfinished and let it gray out naturally.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 07:38 PM

Thom, that is cool as heck!! My wife would love to have one of these. I absolutely love the look of it, you’ve done a fantastic job! Thanks for the post…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 08:05 PM

great looking shed, and i love the outhouse style door.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 09:19 PM

SWEET! Love the trim over the door. Nice job


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#4 posted 05-10-2008 09:21 PM

I really like the half moon door. It reminds me of the old WPA outhouses. My folks had one at a cabin they had….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 10:25 PM

Hope someone doesn’t mistake it…Great looking Out Hou….I mean, Garden tool shed.

-- JJohn

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Paul D

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#6 posted 05-10-2008 11:50 PM

Great looking shed and something I can really use for my house.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 12:43 AM

very nice…I like the door as well…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 01:53 AM

That is a great design. Is it yours? I have showed that pic to friends of mine and they all want one. Wanna start a small business here in So. IN.? I got buyers lined up. Really though, its a great lil shed. Very nice details. Keep up the good work.

-- God bless the men and women who protect our counrty.

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 02:10 AM

I’d HAVE TO put a lock on the door lest one of my practical joker friends decided to visit my… ahem, shed.


P.S. Nicely done and by the way, I live in Lakeland too. Better get a lock on that door… and soon!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Tom Landon

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 03:40 AM

Thanks for all the compliments folks. As to the design, I started by building the floor 52” X 70” so with the siding on it would be 4 1/2 X 6 feet and went from there. The studs I cut at 90” and the rafters were something like a 5.5/12 pitch. Made the door 30 X 80 then built the jamb to fit. Overall, I just wanted it to be in proportion and pleasing to the eye.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 12:30 PM


You put together a nice shed with this. It not only serves a useful function but it looks good as well. The door does add an interesting touch to the shed.

Well done and have fun in Alaska.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 02:00 AM

Love your tool shed. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dave Dufour

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#13 posted 01-12-2013 05:59 PM

Nice Job

-- Dave, from Canada,

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