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Shipping Container Wood Storage #1: Intro

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Blog entry by splintergroup posted 04-05-2021 07:09 PM 450 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We all seem to reach that point in our hobby where we just have too much “stuff”.
I planned ahead and bought a shipping container to better store my expensive collection of wood and make it easier to keep track of what I have in stock.

Nothing earth shattering in this post, just a look into a reasonably simple approach I took and some of the reasons others might want to explore alternative wood storage.
Ideally I’d love vertical storage, easy access to every board, but with 12’+ lenghts on some boards, just isn’t going to happen.

The container is a typical 20’ (8’x8’) unit, called a “one trip” since apparently it has only made one trip across the ocean.

The advantages are big.

Looks great: no rust, peeling paint, graffiti, or huge dents from forklifts.

Inside is pristine: No stains or spills, perfect floor, doesn’t smell like ass 8^)

Also the door opens and seals perfectly, plus a new, fresh, pliable door gasket.

I’m not worried about what the neighbors say since I am in a very rural area and they have old toilets sitting around their yard (spare parts collection?)

Aside from keeping things dry (not that it rains much) , the seal keeps the riffraff out (squirrels!)

My old storage area is a structure behind the shop, 16’ deep, but only two tiers for storage.

A collection of red/white oak (attracts squirrels, obviously), walnut, cherry, ash, etc

Based on the stains, crap, candy wrappers, and empty beer bottles strewn everywhere, I need to save my wood from the evil squirrels.

They taunt me by endless staring and shaking their nuts in my general direction….

I’m gonna build a lumber rack inside the cover of my “new” container.

...To be continued



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#1 posted 04-05-2021 07:26 PM

In a year (maybe less) you will find squirrels inside your one trip unit. There is no way to defeat NM ground squirrels. haha!

-- Art

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#2 posted 04-05-2021 07:29 PM

great solution splint,how much do those go for ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 04-05-2021 08:50 PM



In a year (maybe less) you will find squirrels inside your one trip unit. There is no way to defeat NM ground squirrels. haha!

- AandCstyle

Art! Glad to here from you!

Was worried you were kidnapped by some of those “defender of the white oak” activists and being punished for your crimes 8^)

I am worried about the squirrels skill set. They’ll certainly smell the oak inside and “think” of a treasure trove of acorns.
Perhaps some robotic lasers and punji sticks. I might be able to hold off their armies for a while.

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#4 posted 04-05-2021 08:54 PM


great solution splint,how much do those go for ?

- pottz

The container or the 90’s vintage TV set?

You can have the TV for $100, but you’ll need to pick it up.

The container was $3k. Not too bad considering I’m 800 miles from any port and was able to buy locally.
The beat-to-crap versions are running about $2k

I imagine in your local you have to pay someone to take it away 8^)

Now that I think about it, plenty of buried school buses in Art’s old neighborhood, I should have taken a drive up there for a look-see.

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#5 posted 04-05-2021 11:57 PM

BTDTGTTS, and little jelly.

Be sure to check the underside of the floor on any used shipping box. They are simple wood floor covering metal beams like this:

Some are nothing more than 3/4” marine grade plywood, reusable versions tend to be 2”+ laminated hardwood.

Why?
Have bought shipping boxes several times for storage and temporary work shops. Lived in rural area of Tucson, and the desert critters found the cracked floor board in the corner on my storage box, and ate a hole the rest of way. Had both ground squirrel’s and pack rats inside the box within 6 months. Eradication was PITA as they burrowed underneath and made maze of tunnels/nests in shaded 20×8 area.

Nice part about 20ft box is flat bed tow truck can pick up and move the box. Depending on weight, can often move them with partial load too. Cost me $75 to have tow truck move my box 10ft sideways from existing spot, to nice new flat spot; so I could clean out the mess. Then jacked up one end of box at time, ~4ft into air, and applied spray foam to seal and close off the bottom. Closed off the fork lift holes with metal plates and sheet metal screws, in case next owner wanted to use them. Last but not least, placed gravel 6” up each side, so I could see if critters were attempting to dig under it again.

My used boxes sold for more than I paid for them, thanks to spray foam bottom and reflective white rubberized roof coating. If didn’t have HOA now, would probably still have one, or more. :)

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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#6 posted 04-06-2021 12:04 AM

Thanks for that photo Capt’n! I spent some time looking for photos of the beam layout adn what they were made with.

Several holes I drilled into the floor penetrated about 1-1/4” of wood before striking metal.
It was delivered with a tilt trailer that could winch it on and off, pretty darn heavy. I managed to floor jack up the end and slide a length of drill pipe underneath, then do the same for the other end.

Made it relatively easy to then slide into position with my smallish backhoe.

I’ll have to look into sealing off the underside, the squirrels can’t win this battle!!! 8^)

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#7 posted 04-06-2021 12:16 AM

Looks great Bruce.
I sure could use one but no way to get it into my backyard.
These two features alone make it worth it.

Looks great: no rust, peeling paint, graffiti, or huge dents from forklifts.

Inside is pristine: No stains or spills, perfect floor, doesn’t smell like ass 8^)

You can paint over graffiti but the smell you’d be stuck with.
Keep us updated!

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#8 posted 04-06-2021 03:37 AM


Inside is pristine: No stains or spills, perfect floor, doesn t smell like ass 8^)

- splintergroup

Is that first hand experience or just an assumption?

That’s nice, very clean container. Always thought about having one.

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#9 posted 04-06-2021 01:36 PM

Thanks guys 8^)

LRM, I was hesitant to spend the extra for the “one trip”, but after inspecting the half dozen other (used) containers, each one had major issues.

Door gaskets were usually mostly intact, but very dried out and the doors on some had poor alignment for closign up tight.

All of these others had signs of something nasty being spilled inside, either a strong chemical smell or something like liquefied rotten cabbage (a.k.a.ass 8^)

I’d assume some quality time with a pressure washer and a few dozen of those pine tree deodorizers could make it all better.

While researching this a bit, I found that new. replacement door gaskets are available which also made the decision easier.

The real clincher is the choice is a lot like buying a car, You can save some money buying used, but every once in a while it’s nice to get something that hasn’t had the seat farted in over the years.

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#10 posted 04-07-2021 04:34 PM

That’s a great solution for storage. For 3K it’s a bargain. It’s bigger than my shop.
The older versions used to have Apitong. What type of woods in yours?

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 04-07-2021 04:48 PM



That’s a great solution for storage. For 3K it’s a bargain. It’s bigger than my shop.
The older versions used to have Apitong. What type of woods in yours?

- James E McIntyre

Thanks James!

Nor sure on the wood type. It might be bamboo, but it looks like a weave of a reddish/purple plywood. The color may be from the resin involved.

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#12 posted 04-08-2021 04:26 AM

Best of luck with the squirrel battle. Little beasties are a major PIA if they get a foothold, and mine are the tree roaming variety. I understand yours will unearth a house if it sits on their territorial lands.

This wood hoarding addiction can be expensive!!!!

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 04-10-2021 02:53 PM

Thanks George 8^)

At least the squirrels and I have an uneasy truce going on, live and let live, but draw a line.

I look at the hoarding as an investment. The price certainly won’t be going down so the value of my stash generally will be going up. Up that is until the estate sale where some future woodworker get s the whole pile for free as payment for “helping” to clear away all the clutter of old tools.

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