Shipping Container Wood Shed.

Microduck17

Burning Hunk
Dec 21, 2017
240
New Concord Ohio
funny I have been toying with the same / similar idea, more massive scale though 3 40' units in a u shape- build wall to enclose court yard and then add a roof over the whole shebang. would give apx 960 storage area and a 800 work area.
If I had the space I would like to do something like that but space is sort of limited here. That would be an awesome setup. Space under roof is always at a premium here at my place.

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Microduck17

Burning Hunk
Dec 21, 2017
240
New Concord Ohio
That's funny. You hate to work with wood. I am the wood builder, not just my wood shed, but I built my house of big white pine logs. And I have built 8 log cabins. Love to work with wood.

On the other hand I know nothing of welding. I did work with a blacksmith once to make a slick which I use for log building.
He heated up the drive shaft of a '52 Plymouth, and he put it on the anvil, and he made me swing that big hammer on it. Damn that's a lot of work! We made a real nice slick however. Swinging that big hammer one day is all the metal work I ever have done.
I've loved metal working since i was a kid. Always been fascinated by welding and the like I built a small propane forge and 15 and tried my hand at making some things but was met with lack of fuel and limited success. I know how to work with wood I just dont like it. I built my own rabbit hutches and bee hives for 4-H and made pinewood derby cars in Boy Scouts. It never held the interest for me like welding and metalwork did. To each his own. We need carpenters as much as we need welders. I fully respect those craftsman who make beautiful and useful things out of wood.

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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,365
Northern Maine
Great idea but I don't think I could stand to look at it without going bat chit crazy.
 

CentralVAWoodHeat

Minister of Fire
Nov 7, 2015
667
Virginia
We have two on the property behind the house. At first we loved the idea but honestly, they are ugly and more expensive than a lot of other options. We originally got them for secure storage for power equipment and tools which they certainly work for. Good luck with any modifications though-they are tough to cut through. I have tried them for drying wood but get better results from covered, open air drying stacks.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
18,393
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
They are not hard to break into at all. Mine was cut open easily by thieves. Too bad it was empty! I got rid of it after that, it seemed like an attractive nuisance and I actually worried that some kid would get locked inside.

Super easy to cut and weld on a container. It’s just steel. Mostly single wall. They patch them up all the time with little wire feed mig welders.

The good thing is that they’re relatively fire proof. The floor is some thick marine plywood.
 
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Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,882
South Jersey
They are not hard to break into at all. Mine was cut open easily by thieves. Too bad it was empty! I got rid of it after that, it seemed like an attractive nuisance and I actually worried that some kid would get locked inside.

Super easy to cut and weld on a container. It’s just steel. Mostly single wall. They patch them up all the time with little wire feed mig welders.

The good thing is that they’re relatively fire proof. The floor is some thick marine plywood.
I have a 240V outlet in my garage. All our outdoor metal equipment (cars etc) are wired during the night. No break ins. :);)
 

Microduck17

Burning Hunk
Dec 21, 2017
240
New Concord Ohio
Lots of good input from everyone here. Maybe i should get a small one to start with and see how it works. If it sucks then it can just be a tool shed.
aesthetics are of little or no concern to me but my wife may have a different opinion. [emoji848]

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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,201
Downeast Maine
Lots of good input from everyone here. Maybe i should get a small one to start with and see how it works. If it sucks then it can just be a tool shed.
aesthetics are of little or no concern to me but my wife may have a different opinion. [emoji848]

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I guess you could figure out how to put some kind of decorative siding on it. People make houses out of these things.
 
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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,846
Marshall NC
Yes, people make houses out of them. I have seen several shows on tv about guys doing this and it just leaves me scratching my head. Bear in mind, I am, if I do say so, an expert wood worker and have built 8 custom log cabins. Plus have years of experience with framing.

So these guys get three of these things and set them up in a horseshoe shape. Well and good they have some pretty good square feet and a roof that won't leak. Now the problems start. You have to weld the 3 containers together. You have to make openings for doors and windows. Lots of welding there. You have to cover the inside and outside with some kind of sheet rock and or wood, you have to frame up the inside in order to put on the sheet rock. If you want a roof overhang, you have to put a roof on. By the time you are done it would be more work than just building a framed structure in the first place.

Still seems like a good idea for a woodshed to me.
 

blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,568
WI, Leroy
Can always dress them up with some siding or a slew of LIlac bushes or similar hedge type items.
 

blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,568
WI, Leroy
I have been looking at various other types of structures as well , as far as modifying a steel box I have no difficulties in that area , I have a small machine shop. welding - gas and electric + plasma cutter. I have no problem with wood construction as well. As was noted generally the steel boxes are not taxed, around here a pole barn/shed gets taxed- at a higher rate if a cement floor is present- even partial. Both steel and wood supplies for construction have gotten out of hand price wise. I was highly interested in the Quonset type units but they are basically not self supporting as the original design was - require a fair amount of formed concrete ( even with a full slab) is required $$$. only made of 22-24 gauge steel, couple are even thinner. In the sticks / no wife so looks mean nothing to me. Two counties over ( much more urban) big splash in local news- a couple are constructing a container home- high end mutilevel project ( Ozaukee county, WI ) I believe it is the first one in there area.
for me it is a plunk it down instant storage solution - gets equipment out of weather and yep dry firewood storage as well. 4-6 sono tubes to set one on- out last me.
 
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awicherr

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Sep 5, 2020
21
Ohio
I know this is a bit of an old thread but hear me out and point out cons... i have one 53' container that was here when i bought the house. Right now it stores lawn mower misc hunting equipment and basically the tools you dont need often but have trash pump tamper scrap wood bin... i also have a 40'x60' barn house is recorded at 1901 so my guess is the barn is 1880-1900 sandstone foundation is questionable needs jacked up and replaced with poured or cinder block had a few guys out to quote it and asked them if i get another container could i set the barn on the two of them they said absolutely just have to pour a footer down the middle where there isnt one... so that would be alot cheaper than a new foundation.... excess would stick past the east portion of the barn and would be a patio/deck the container i have now has doors on both ends and vents all the way down on both sides if i do solar fans intake on the east side output on the west... east would be on bottom of doors west on top... one container for wood and feed the south container one for pens or storage i think it would be a kiln type given the blast of heat i get when i get the mower out ... thoughts? If this thread isnt to old
 

Gearhead660

Minister of Fire
Dec 20, 2018
561
Southern WI
Check out the beverage delivery trailer wood sheds.
 
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