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Forum topic by BobD posted 07-02-2010 08:21 AM 1140 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2010 08:21 AM

I want to build an outside storage shed, bin or structure next to my shop to store unused lumber. Lumber would consist of hardwood and softwood scraps and cut offs and staging for a new woodworking project. Sheet goods would consist of cut offs and less than full sheets. I’m trying to decide if the storage shed should be water tight or waterproof or if it should be vented.
Comments and design suggestions welcome.

-- Bob, San Diego

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 04:13 PM

Waterproof for sure, unless you’re going to tarp everything.
Vented also, but make sure that insects can’t get in.

Plan on plenty of time for wood to acclimate after moving from the shed to your shop, and monitor the wood for the first pass through each season to see how much moisture it is sucking up and dumping.

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 05:12 PM

Just had a thought; rare for me. I remember meeting a fellow that worked part-time at a campground near the Smokies. He had a trailer for his motorcycle. He scattered moth balls under the trailer to keep the little critters out. I have used moth balls to keep the squirrels away from our deck garden.

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 05:06 AM

If your building a shed that has vents, it will allow moisture to escape and not create a mold problem.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 06:32 AM

Here is one built by a lumberjock
Click for details: My little wood storage shed
I’d love to have this on the side of my shop.
Its attractive finish and ability to be moved makes it very useful.
You might look into making your shed a drying kiln, or a dehumidifier.
I don’t know much about them or what hazards they might have.
You wouldn’t want to build something that would be three times more likely to burn up your shop. It would be cool to store your wood in a shed that is preparing it for woodworking.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 07:30 PM

Throw a few mothballs under it and a few inside to keep the critters out. Idea was from a guy who did this to keep bugs out of his motorcycle trailer.

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