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Forum topic by Charlie posted 10-29-2012 11:35 AM 1162 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2012 11:35 AM

My workshop building is basically a 1 and a half car garage sized building. 24×16. I have 6 feet of one end partitioned off for my wife’s gardening stuff. She has OFFERED to give up that space and give me the whole building if I can come up with some kind of garden shed or something to hold her stuff. Even a big “garden closet” against the back of the (attached) garage. I built a pergola off of the end of the shop building kind of like a potting area for her. I wonder if I can build a cupboard on the outside of the building for a lot of her pots and hand tools. I’d only gain about 100 sq ft, but I’d go from 16×18 for my shop space to 16×24. A full 24 foot wall against the back sounds nice. :)

So I guess it’s time to start hunting for creative and attractive garden sheds and cupboards. :)

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 12:07 PM

I have heard of people buying those partial display sheds that usually are placed up against the building for just that purpose. They have attached them to the backs of buildings so that it was handy. Just thought I’d suggest it as a possibility.

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

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 12:11 PM


Have you checked on GardenTenders ( sister site to this one). They may have some ideas about garden storage.

-- John @

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 12:23 PM


With a smile … through out: 1) scrap wood that’s too small to use, or will not be used within the next year; 2) sell on Craigslist tools that you haven’t used in the last two years; 3) use under/over spaces to store things you need (!) but won’t use at least once per month (see #1 & #2); 4) move extra storage containers to somewhere else.

To a certain extent, get angry with your shop layout, and what you have in it. My space is the same size, and while I always need more, I’ve found it both therapeutic and effective to take a day or so, every two months or so, and ask myself ‘why am I using my shop space this way’ – and to then do something about it.

Again, with a smile …

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 12:42 PM

I do not disagree. I look at some of my “storage” and think to myself, “you don’t need that much DEEP storage. I have very few items to store that require an 18 or 24 inch deep cabinet. I am discovering that I’d REALLY like to get my dust collection out of the main building. Maybe instead of a garden cupboard, I should build a small extension on the workshop end to get the DC out of the shop. :)

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 02:44 PM

Very good for you. It is a great bargain. Go and make that cupboard.

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 02:55 PM

If you have an area in the back of the house that you could build a lean-to shed, that would work. Big double doors and lots of shelving.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 10-29-2012 02:59 PM

Good idea. In prep for this storm my wife wanted me to pull my truck into the garage which will serve as my shop, once the house is settled. I thought I had more depth than I do, but it will be a good chance to plan how I can lay things out to give me maximum storage and usage. I don’t plan on usually pulling the truck inside, but I will probably do it when we have particularly bad weather.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 10-29-2012 03:27 PM

Charlie, if you decide to move the DC to an exterior shed, consider a method of returning your heated/cooled air to your shop. You might also want to make that shed large enough to contain an air compressor as well.

Could the gardening tools fit into a long, narrow “cupboard” that sits against the exterior wall of the shop under the roof overhang? Maybe the dimensions would be something like 12-16” deep, 4-6’ high and as long as necessary to accommodate everything.

-- Art

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#9 posted 10-29-2012 08:01 PM

Why don’t you build her a combo. potting shed and greenhouse. You just don’t know how good life can be until you do something like that for your good wife.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#10 posted 10-29-2012 10:01 PM

I built a shed last year and moved most of the family “stuff” (kids’ bikes, lawnmower, gardening tools, etc.) out of the garage. It was 100% worth it to get the extra space. Last week my wife made the suggestion to move the few remaining shelving units downstairs to the basement. You better believe I jumped on that offer in a hurry!

Take care of your wife, and she takes care of you! :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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