Recycled lumber makes storage barn

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Project by Doug Scott posted 05-26-2012 02:27 AM 2750 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This makes the 4th barn I have built from recycled lumber, you just have to know a good source or
know the owner of the business that needs to let you get in on the good stuff first.
My woodworking buddies want to know the location too.

First it takes lots of nail pulling and taking your time taking them apart. And if you get lucky like I have with this find, Two of the skids were almost 4’ X 8’ with 1 X6 pine boards nailed on , with 2 X 4 ’s backing them , but I placed more in between. then I didn’t have enough 2 X 4’s , but most of the runners were pine 4 X 4’s
12’ to 14’ long, so I re-sawed the on the band saw, enough for the roof trusses and few extras.
I built this one and all the other ones in front of my shop ( using deck screws) then disassemble them , load the in the pick-up and drive it to it’s location (Their Home ).

The second photo shows extended beams for the roof to extend over the front and the door.
third photo is an idea from the girl it’s being built for, she wanted a sky light, so I built it to serve two
things, a ridge vent and sky light. I pays to pick up all the stuff factory’s toss out, like half sheets of white lexon plexglass. Heat it a little and shape it to the angle.
Last photo. Pine boards, 3/4 X 8” w X 10’, I cut a over lap joint on both edges like a ship lap.
Boards for the back of the shed, cause it was going to close to another building to get in between them later to paint

I don’t have it all completed on location yet, 2 – 4 hours a week away from the shop to work on stuff
isn’t enough time.

More photo’s to fallow, when complete, check in next month.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#1 posted 05-26-2012 10:19 AM

Any time I see people re-cycle or build from scraps it catches my attention.
There is a LOT of so called “scrap” that people just tosss away because they “don’t want to bother with it”
GOOD WORK so far.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 12:18 PM

Way to go ,Doug, with the recycling. I recycle all the metal stuff you bring me,too!!
wit the price of building materials, recycling pays big time!!

Thanks for sharing…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 03:08 PM

Great looking shed, and good use of material. Just one question, with the Michigan winters, is that roof vent
going to be able to be closed in the winter? Thank you for sharing and I like that extended roof idea.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 05:07 PM

Wonderful way to save

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 07:18 PM

great upcycling thanks for sharing :-)


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