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Project by CaptainKlutz posted 07-03-2020 03:33 PM 804 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not fine wood working, only basic construction in this project. :-)

Like everyone in world, needed more storage space. If you read my blog, already know was forced to downsize and moved into this rental home late last year. Decided to build a portable 6×12 shed that could be moved easily when time comes. Making it portable added requirement for solid base, and keeping things light but strong.
Shed size is small enough that no permits were required. Only caveat was HOA requirement to color match house/trim.

Base is 14ga 2×3 steel frame welded. Size is 2” smaller than inside of a U-haul 6×12 trailer. Welded a couple pulling eyes on front end to enable dragging it out of side yard.

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After welding, painted with frame with enamel to increase longevity.

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Glued and screwed down 3/4” pressure treat plywood to complete base. Picture at top shows base leveled on some patio stones in final installation location.

Used simple 2×4 framing for walls, glued and screwed into metal base frame. Walls were glued and nailed with T1 siding, and radiant foil barrier OSB for roof. Roof uses tabbed shingles on 3 pitch slant roof. Since AZ doesn’t have freezing rain and ice dam issues, didn’t need to use roll roofing common despite the low pitch.

A weight saving feature on the shed is trim wood. Used 1/4 thick cedar siding, that was ripped to standard width. This kept the shed to my portable size constraints, and reduce the overall weight.

Construction was completed with base pushed away from house wall by 4ft (pictured at top), and when completed was able to use 2×6 as lever bar to slide it over into final position. Shed feels like similar weight as pushing my 900lb 20” planer around shop? LOL

Before I closed up interior walls with fire rated OSB, wired the shed with small sub-panel. It is fed by a 50A RV circuit using extension cord and locking plugs to solve the lack of power issues in side yard. Picture of power panel is at the top as well.

In the future, if this shed were used next to the garage, the power panel would let me use the shed as compressor and dust collector out building. Shed has 2 GFCI circuits with inside/outside receptacles, an inside overhead light, outdoor security light, plus a 30A 240v receptacle for my welder. There is also enough power to run a mini-split and PC/TV for when SWMBO kicks me out of house and I have to live in there. Wife calls it my ‘he shed’ as all it needs is to have trailer bolted underneath, and it’s a tiny house. :-)

Have built several sheds in past. Normally they take 2-4 weeks? This build was agonizingly slow to finish, built over ~4 months total. Primary issue was only working a couple days a week. It was started at end January, right before Covid-19 shelter orders were given. Then my son and wife descended upon the home 24/7 and my quiet retirement life become complicated. One limit was when I could make construction noise outside the new home office(s). My ongoing health challenges also limited overall shop time.

The inside of shed was painted white, but I forgot to take photo before I moved stuff into shed.
Learned recently that thanks to the 4ft led fixture inside, and led spot lights on front of shed; I can see well enough to work in side yard after dark. So adding the power panel provided flexibility I had not planned. :-)

Thanks for reading and Have a Great Day!

Long live the real Captain Klutz (Mad Magazine)!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 07-03-2020 03:38 PM

Looks really nice. Good thing it is portable…......now I can come pick it up and move it to my house.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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CaptainKlutz

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#2 posted 07-03-2020 03:47 PM



Looks really nice. Good thing it is portable…......now I can come pick it up and move it to my house.

- ohwoodeye

I forgot to mention: it is anchored with 3/8” wire cable to 3ft long ground stakes. We get 100mph straight line winds during monsoon season in July/August. Random sheds not anchored to ground become famous flying wreckage piles on TV every year. :-)

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#3 posted 07-03-2020 04:23 PM

Good looking job there Capt.

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 07-03-2020 07:21 PM

Note to self: Bring wire cutters

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 07-03-2020 09:19 PM

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#6 posted 07-03-2020 11:41 PM

as HOA vice-prez: handclapping for keeping earth neutral color tone… as in, to save you grief from those HOA’s that take things too seriously.
a word of note: fire code (nationally?) says shed has to be 3’ from house/garage wall. When I built my shed, I wanted it as close as possible. After completing the foundation/subfloor, that is when I found out via city inspector and with a car hydraulic jack, moved it out 3’.
I initially only had wood working related material in my 12’x6’ shed. Well, that quickly changed.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#7 posted 07-04-2020 04:32 AM

If it is attached directly to an established building ( in this area ), it wouldn’t be considered a shed. It would be an addition, which would negate most zone codes for being a shed. Codes differ so much between communities and states it would be next to impossible to know without contacting the city people. Where I live people have been doing this forever and nothing has ever been brought up. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 07-04-2020 04:50 AM

Sounds like a storage shed/portable bomb shelter Capn. I like the portability aspect.


If it is attached directly to an established building ( in this area ), it wouldn t be considered a shed. It would be an addition, which would negate most zone codes for being a shed. Codes differ so much between communities and states it would be next to impossible to know without contacting the city people. Where I live people have been doing this forever and nothing has ever been brought up. Mel

- mel52

As you say everyplace is different, but with an outside access door, I think most places would still allow for shed. But I wonder if they know of a private entrance from the shop portion, that the “shed” is attached to. For the most part I go with the what the HOA folks don’t know, is a good thing

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 07-04-2020 03:29 PM

HOA’s bah humbug

nice shed, you’ll surely fill it up soon enough

-- 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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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 07-04-2020 06:33 PM



HOA s bah humbug

- recycle1943

Absolutely. After living on my own land in the country most of my life I hope never to have to be wedged into a shoebox again, and NEVER when I own it, and someone tells me what to do with my home. I understand a lot of decisions go into where anyone lives. I just can’t fit that into my life. Plus if I’m outside, away from the house and have to P, well I can just go ahead…...

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 07-05-2020 07:51 AM

Nice work on the shed Captain Looks good!
I made one very similar just to fit a small tractor in!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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