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    Outhouse Tool Shed?

    Outside of being a really cool name for a band, "outhouse tool shed?" is a question I'd like to pose to the fashionista's of the Foo.

    I live on a little over an acre out in the country and I'd like to build a small shed to store the handled tools I use in my garden. I'm thinking I'd like to build one that looks like an old timey outhouse. What do you think? Cute or tacky? Keep in mind that (A) I live in the country and many of my neighbors actually used outhouses at some point in their lives, (B) this is going at the far back corner of a 1 acre property so it won't be terribly visible to any of the neighbors ruining their property values or scenic views, and (C) I have to do something to store my tools back there so basically I'm asking "do I carve the crescent moon in the door or not?".

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    I'd say do it, looks cool.

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    I say do it as well. The one in the first pic looks better than those plastic sheds they sell at the big box stores anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I'd say do it, looks cool.
    Yeah, until you go out and find a pile of crap on your weed whacker.
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    Not so sure it would make a good band name. Sounds a little um alternative lifestyle...
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    from the title, i thought you might be planning a multi-use building........ check this one out: http://www.hurherald.com/cgi-bin/db_...rticles&id=516


    ps - don't use plywood - use poplar boards. Plywood will warp or rot.
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    As long as it doesn't double as an actual outhouse, I'd say go for it. If it was me, I'd have a stone or cedar pathway going up to the shed.

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    I'm going to do it. Now I just need to, you know, learn construction.

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    First, make yours a bit more plumb than the one in the second picture.
    Second, when considering your shelving and attachment to the ground, remember that you'll be loading what is already a tall slender building. In the end, top loading is not your friend in high wind (a little foo poetry there?).
    No matter what wood you use, warping can occur, as can rot. Don't be thrown off by the plywood detractors. If you plan on painting it, an exterior grade plywood would be perfectly acceptable. You can also look into some of the more rot and insect resistant woods. Cedar is a common siding product because of these properties.
    Wood in contact with flat horizontal surfaces (i.e. a concrete pad at the bottom) runs the risk of rotting. Leave a small gap at the bottom below your siding and flash out from under it. It'll probably delay rotting.
    The outhouse pictured at top looks like a leaking door waiting to happen. I would probably avoid that one as well.

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    I think it's a crappy idea.
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    Instead of a crescent moon, carve a crescent wrench in the door, or some other tool shape, maybe a sicle or crossed hammers, or hammer and sicle, you get the idea, right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
    First, make yours a bit more plumb than the one in the second picture.
    Believe it or not, that one was designed to be 3 off plumb to "make it look rickety".

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    I would also design some utility into it, like maybe a hinged fold up or down table using one of the side walls to give a work area if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    Believe it or not, that one was designed to be 3 off plumb to "make it look rickety".
    I think patina and sagging with age has been confused with rickety in that particular case. Rather than something built for a purpose and used into its current state, they've just built something that looks poorly constructed. Sort of like buying 'aged furniture'...

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    If good at excavating, perhaps have a basement in that, with the place where the pooper normally is covering the ladder?

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    If you want your new shed to last more than a few years, make sure you spend a bit of time on the base. dig out 6" of earth and replace with pea gravel, or equivalent. Put some garden edging around the base to keep back the weeds. If you simply dump the shed directly on the ground, your shed will have a very limited lifespan. I also have patio stones between our shed and the pea gravel. Will last forever.

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    make sure the base is properly built, otherwise you might find new critters living under your shed.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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