Building a Shed with (mostly) Reclaimed Wood

I took a week off last August to start building my shed. Just about each weekend since then, I’ve spent a day or two trying to complete the project before the rains hit! I have another 2 or 3 days to finish the trim and ramp.

This shed is for both my wife to have an outside potting/garden area, and so I have a place to store items such as a Thule car storage box, wood, outside lawn furniture, lawnmower, and more.

The entire outside siding, flooring, and floor joists are all reclaimed wood. I helped a neighbor’s remove their 330 ft. fence last summer and have used the wood for various projects (see the cedar fence I built with it in photos below). The wood just needed a little power washing and trimming of the rotting wood ends.

There are no designs for this shed. It’s actually kind of v-shaped as one side is 4 ft. and the other is 8 ft. It’s my first shed to build and am proud of how it is turning out. It’s a labor of love. Some things I’d do differently but that’s for another time. This also also allowed me to tune my building skills before we really tackle remodeling inside the house.

Here are photos of the progress to date.

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Cedar Wood Storage Chest

Cedar Wood Chest
Cedar Wood Chest

I spent most of the day upgrading our wood box to a wooden storage chest. We had firewood up until last week when we finished it off. We didn’t plan on having it the whole winter though. So I took the wood box I made a couple of months ago and added a top with hinges, lined the inside with some sheets and made it into a linen storage box in our front room. We will add a pillow kind of top to it so people can sit on it, or some kids could sleep on it for a nap.

Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.

– Susan B. Anthony