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Project by Raymer posted 03-13-2019 05:37 PM 1363 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Obviously this isn’t a shop built project, but it is a custom site built shed. I started building these about 8 years ago as a way to make extra money for vacation or pay off other debts quicker.

Now it is primarily a way to fund my ever growing woodworking hobby and to acquire tools for my workshop. I also do something for my wife and her hobby with each unit I build. This one here netted $2,200, although would have been slightly more had I not had to buy another framing nailer.

I have tried finding other woodworking projects to do to make a few bucks, but none have come close to this. Since I work full time and I don’t work cheap, I miss out on a few jobs I’m sure, but usually do 5-7 a year.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 03-13-2019 07:33 PM

Pretty sure terminology is flexible
But is a really attractive shed

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 03-13-2019 09:41 PM

Wow! That’s a beauty!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 03-13-2019 11:20 PM

Looks good. That’s a side job I wouldn’t mind doing if my house ever will get finished.
I don’t know where u live but you can always market some of them to hunters as cabins or try building some elevated hunting blinds

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Raymer

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#4 posted 03-14-2019 12:04 AM



Wow! That s a beauty!

- fivecodys


Looks good. That’s a side job I wouldn’t mind doing if my house ever will get finished.
I don’t know where u live but you can always market some of them to hunters as cabins or try building some elevated hunting blinds

- JCamp

Not a bad idea, those I could build in my shop and deliver complete. I thought about rebuilding sheds and build the walls separately, stack it all on the trailer and deliver to the site and throw it up. Only problem with that is I can’t carry a 12×8 wall by myself. If I built in smaller sections, then might as well build on-site as I do now.

Deer blinds would be something worth looking into. There are lots of hunters in Central Texas, but also tons of options for them to get blinds. However all I need to do is pick up a few.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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#5 posted 03-14-2019 02:36 PM

That’s a pretty little shed. Nice side gig. We all need to find a way to feed our habits. ;-)

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 03-14-2019 06:59 PM

Looks super nice work.

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#7 posted 03-14-2019 07:03 PM

Do you build them in place or deliver them? This seems a bit big to deliver, but I imagine it takes quite a bit of time to build one of these as a second job.

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#8 posted 03-14-2019 07:04 PM



That s awesome. What would you say your average time investment is for these?

- bhud35

Well, since I work a full time job, most work is done on weekends. If the customer location is close enough to work/home, with daylight savings time in effect, I often will put in a bit after work. This red one in particular took me two full weekends, basically all day Saturday and Sunday, two weekends in a row.

Bear in mind I am working alone, so some stages are easy, but running soffit on a 24” eave can be a PITA.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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Raymer

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#9 posted 03-14-2019 07:31 PM



Do you build them in place or deliver them? This seems a bit big to deliver, but I imagine it takes quite a bit of time to build one of these as a second job.

- JimPilsner

Definitely have to build on-site. I do most of, if not all work on weekends. It doesn’t take me quite as much time as it used to. Site prep is determined by how flat the build site in and I always inspect before quoting a price.

Some people seem to think their site shouldn’t matter or affect the price, but those are the tools I would rather not work for. I have spent as much as a full day prepping a site.

I have gotten fast at framing with only slight speedbumps if I have to frame for rough openings of multiple windows, like this building here.

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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MinnesotaMarty

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#10 posted 03-17-2019 01:49 AM

Shed building is a great part-time business. about 20 years ago I built sheds to retire debt and get my financial house in order when I almost went off the deep end. I taught my son how to build sheds and he did well all through college. He is now employed full time by a large national window manufacturer but is going to build probably 5-6 sheds this summer for funds for a new vehicle.
Since I am now retired I have toyed with the idea of building sheds again to pay for my wife’s and my travel plans.
Raymer, keep up the good work. It is all word of mouth. Take lot’s of photos.

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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Raymer

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#11 posted 03-17-2019 02:51 AM



Shed building is a great part-time business. about 20 years ago I built sheds to retire debt and get my financial house in order when I almost went off the deep end. I taught my son how to build sheds and he did well all through college. He is now employed full time by a large national window manufacturer but is going to build probably 5-6 sheds this summer for funds for a new vehicle.
Since I am now retired I have toyed with the idea of building sheds again to pay for my wife s and my travel plans.
Raymer, keep up the good work. It is all word of mouth. Take lot s of photos.

Marty

- MinnesotaMarty

Marty, you’re right. Building sheds is strange forward, albeit hard work alone. It isn’t easy getting the jobs as most people want to pay the price they can get from a sloppily built shed with inferior materials from a kit, but they want my custom shed framed and trimmed out like a house.

I have even turned jobs down, most recently someone wanted a shed that would cost $2,300 in material alone and rather than me giving them a quote, he let me know that he would generously pay me $2600, if I also painted it. After telling him, “Sir, I wouldn’t load my truck up and even get started for that.” He let me know that I was greedy if I would pass up a job for $300…

-- -Measure once, cut twice, cut once more for good measure.

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 01-31-2020 06:54 PM

Wow nice side job. Beautiful build. Wish you lived closer to me.
Your lucky you turned down Scrooge and his puny $300. He would have chiseled you down even more.

What size is this red shed?

-- James E McIntyre

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