Lumber Storage Shed

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Project by KnotCurser posted 10-17-2010 09:16 PM 25348 views 33 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There she is, all ready to start filling with cords of lumber!!!!

I started on this towards the end of August with every intention of finishing by mid-September.

A week or so into the build I found out I needed abdominal surgery – doh! All I could think of when the Doc told me not to lift anything heavy for the next three weeks was “how much does a 2×4 weigh???” ;-)

Anyway, with a few weeks off, I went back on attack mode and totally finished just this morning. Ain’t she a beauty! It felt really great to put the first piece of wood on the racks today!

Dimensions are 11 feet wide, 12 feet deep and 10 feet high at the center. Plenty (I hope) room for lumber!

The doors are a full 8 feet high and swing totally open to allow for easy access to the lumber.

Incorporated into this building, which will ONLY be used for stacked lumber, is 108 hangers attached by half-lap joinery, glue and crown staples. I was able to attach the hangers to the outer walls prior to putting the wall together – much easier to attach them that way! The centers were all matched, numbered and then attached after the roof went on.

As you can see, the center wall is 2×6 construction because the hangers span both sides and I felt they needed the extra strength – I am fairly sure I over-built this thing, but I can now use the hangers for a ladder if I need to! I can put over 175lbs of weight on each hanger with no sagging!

Now I just have to figure out if I need to install lights or not….........hmmmmmmm…........

Comments welcomed!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 09:22 PM

She is sweet!

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 09:33 PM

hi nice wood shed what a great idea but it will cost you a little fortune to fill it with wood
or is it for drying wood

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 09:52 PM

great work and a great idea to make it with build in hangers :-)

and yes two light in each end of the shed will help you alot
in the winthertimes and evenings
its realy hard to have a lighttorch in one hand and try to get lumber out with the other….LOL

well done

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 09:56 PM

Could you come over and build me one but about 4 times the size.. or bigger if possible..

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 09:56 PM

Wow! That will hold a lot of lumber! Seems like a light would be a good idea, but I think it is a safe bet that you will have at least one door open if you are in there. Do you think you will be getting lumber when it is dark out? If so, then definitely need a light or two.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 10:52 PM

This is nice. I think any of us would enjoy having a dedicated shed for lumber storage.

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

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 10:55 PM

Larry, I don’t think I could build a big enough shed for your stash of lumber!

This will suffice for mine however. I am fortunate enough to have a great Dad who likes to frequent auctions – he gives me a call whenever there is lumber. Most of the time I get it for next to nothing! I’ve already gotten over 1000 BF of Air Dried Walnut for less than 40 cents per foot.

I always make it worth my Dad’s trouble, however! :-)

Thanks again all!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 11:27 PM

Oh my, This lays heavy on my soul. I am so jealous. That looks fantastic.

Congrats, That is a beaut.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 11:29 PM

1000 bf of walnut will fill up your shed very quickly…maybe you should have built it larger.

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#10 posted 10-18-2010 12:36 AM

Great Lookin Job Where Is The WOOD

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 10-18-2010 01:03 AM


The WOOD is currently in a huge, unorganized pile in another shed of mine – the one that is supposed to house my tractor and lawn tools. The pile is now taking up over half of the shed and growing – I can’t sort through it any more. It’s become quite the monster! I will be taking the next month or so to SLOWLY move the pile into it’s new home – labeling every piece as I do so!


Actually, a 1000 bf of walnut will only take up a little less than one of the outside walls – believe it or not!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#12 posted 10-18-2010 01:17 AM

Nice project Bob. Good idea rounding the lower edges. That’s thinking ahead. Or maybe you hit your head on a sharp one and it sparked the idea. :)

Lights? Yes! And an outlet or two for lopping off boards with a circular saw.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 10-18-2010 01:41 AM


A little of each ;-) If you take a look at the rack I built in my garage, I learned the hard way and ended up rounding off all the corners of this one as well. It only takes a few seconds on the router table and potentially saves some important body parts!

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#14 posted 10-18-2010 03:14 AM

Beautiful, and a great idea! I think I’m going to have to build one. :-)

Did you build it on a gravel base, or is there something else underneath?

-- Shawn, Ottawa Canada,

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#15 posted 10-18-2010 05:05 AM

Great idea.
Organized lumber !
You will enjoy this one.

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

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