repurposed trampoline for lumber storage

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Project by Built2Last posted 10-26-2012 02:27 AM 21414 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately, seems like I’m on a never ended quest to find room to store lumber, especially to air dry. I don’t like leaving walnut, white oak, etc outside with just something over the top to air dry.
My main storage building burned to the ground this summer and since then my lumber shed has filled with lawnmower’s and such.

I’ve had these 2 old trampoline frames for a while now, so I decided I could make me a building from them. They were bent up a little but I managed to get them close to being the same. I cut a couple of the legs up into 30 something each pieces
. Then I made a cap for them (in the last two pictures) so that I could drive them in the ground 24 inches without mushrooming the ends.

I then used self-drilling 1/4 diameter screws and fastened 2 quarters of a frame together to make 4 half circles. Then I slipped them over the pieces I had drove in the ground and screwed them to each other.

I had milled some cypress so I used it instead of treated on the bottom of one end frame to screw the tin to. I put the end pieces on first then trimmed them to match the frame with a saws-all. Then it was just a matter of fastening the horizontal pieces of tin to the frames. Later, when I decide exactly whats going in here, I will take cypress slabs and enclosed the other end and perhaps add door.

The long pieces of tin I had were 12’ 6” long, so I set it up to be 12 foot long and the frames spread out 14 so I ended up with a 12 by 14 building.

Even working by myself, it only took about 6 or 7 hours to put up.
The best part was that its basically a “FREE” BUIILDING. I didn’t have to spend anything at all to get it up. The horizontal tin came from a home that was damaged in the April, 2011 tornados we had here in Alabama, and the ends from a garage that was upgraded a few years ago. I even managed to dig up enough screws without have to go buy any. Its not perfect, but if it were horseshoes or hand gernades, it would be close enough.
Not sure if I shared this in the right place or not, project or a blog. If not, I apologize.

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 02:46 AM

well aren’t you
the bright eyed
bouncy boy

what a great shed

i did something similar for my water tank in a hole
just drove rebar and with 3/4”x20’ pvc
made half hoops
and duct tapped a ‘ridge’ of the same
and covered it with a blue tarp
(which only lasted a year)
drove some big spikes thru the eye holes
and covered the tarp bottom with dirt
(both ends were old wafferwood panels)

but my water didn’t freeze that year

sorry to hear about the fire
you are moving on
and that’s the main thing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 03:11 AM

Neat idea!

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 04:00 AM

Great idea! Looks like a great storage building.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 04:37 AM

You had a nice opportunity, and you JUMPED on it. Nice repurposing.

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 06:45 AM

What rance said :D

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 11:05 AM

Well done. Great idea

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-26-2012 11:53 AM

When everyone else was inside sitting, you were “outstanding”. What a crazy, great idea!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#8 posted 10-26-2012 01:14 PM

American ingenuity.
God job my friend.

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#9 posted 10-26-2012 01:52 PM

Sort of like a trampoline and a quonset hut got busy and this is the offspring, sort of a funky but effective idea… I bet my HOA would have a fit if I tried this…

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#10 posted 10-26-2012 02:42 PM

Gotta admit, I am not exactly sure where the trampoline parts are. If you mean your radius supports, then that means we are not talking about your average back yard trampoline. Right?

Quonset hut, like dbhost mentioned, is the first thing that jumped into my mind too.

There’s something to remember about cypress. It can be bug proof BUT, only from trees in excess of 300 years age! I live not too far from Jefferson, Texas and there is a major Cypress forest there. But, the only place you’ll find any of that special variety of cypress lumber is in the areas oldest houses. There’s hardly a tree left older than 150 years old. Once they said there were none but, now I believe they are saying a couple of old timers have been found but, they are not saying where!

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#11 posted 10-26-2012 03:00 PM

Thanks folks for the positive comments!!!!
Jim55, yes, the radius supports are the trampoline parts. And, yes, they are from your average backyard trampolines, two of them.
dbhost, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but I have to agree with you.
I enjoy thinking outside the “circle” sometimes!!!!!!

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#12 posted 10-26-2012 03:46 PM

I never realized those things were that big around!

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#13 posted 10-26-2012 06:08 PM

I better watch out when the neighbour outlive theres
we have one ourself ... that will only last a year or two
if I have something to say about it …. :-)
set them up and take them down every year is a tedius work

thanks for sharing the recycling idea … :-)


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#14 posted 10-26-2012 07:04 PM

I know for myself, from now on when I see a trampoline, I’ll think, another building….....
I have built quite a few storage buiidings and such over the years but I’ve never had one go up as quick as this thing did. Now I see the appeal with quonset huts..

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#15 posted 10-26-2012 07:50 PM

ever since I saw how the English made hangars and barracks under the last big war
I have thought of making a shed like that ... since the arch is the strongest way to build
with other words need thinner material to take the same load of snow = a cheaper/and better build
.....but never have I thought of using the trampoline …...

I gess you have started a new trend here on L J … just wait and see :-)


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