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Old 02-27-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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Hi,
I would like to build a shed big enough to store extra plywood sheets, fasteners, tools, etc.

The size I am thinking is 4 feet wide x 10 feet long x 8 feet total height. (4 feet wide works great for where I am planning on placing it)

I need it to be portable without the use of any special equipment.
I was thinking of using some sort of heavy duty caster wheels or similar.

The shed will be located on my side lot that is paved solid with asphalt and therefore do not need to worry about getting stuck in dirt/mud.

The construction method I am planning on using is a typical wood frame house construction with 2x4 wall framing, plywood sheathing, vinyl siding and something solid in the floor framing for the casters to fasten onto.

I haven't built a portable shed like this before and would love some suggestions and tips.

Things to consider:
-What kind of caster wheels to use?
-How many caster wheels?
-Will it tip over?

Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:54 PM   #2
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Enclosed trailer?

I would think a shed would cost a minimum of $1500 for materials, unless you salvaged materials from somewhere. Depending on how you value your time, a couple days to build it might be worth that much as well.

If you put a shingled roof and a sturdy door on it, the weight makes it less and less portable.

$3000 for a used enclosed trailer sounds like a decent solution. Lockable portable dry storage with resale value.




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agree with Mordekyle....

buy a enclosed trailer.

more useful, and great resale value.
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I built something like this about 10 years ago to be used in a warehouse to store peoples contents with the intention of building several more eventually. But despite being very conscientious about weight, the thing was still pretty tough to roll around and it didn't have siding or a roof on it. I wouldn't plan on moving it if you build one.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
I will most likely either just buy a used enclosed trailer or build something on a trailer frame.
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Of you want to be able to drag it around with a truck, build the base as a sledge. If you want to drag it around by hand, build the base as a sledge and use rollers.

You'd need buckets full of casters, probably a few hundred $ worth.

Lightest weight construction would use fir ply and cedar for joints. Built like a plywood boat or a single wall house. Lightest weight roofing is rubber. PVC, EPDM, whatever. Cheapest is 6 mil poly attached with battens under the eaves. May have to change that every 5 years.

Stick built you can go to 24oc framing. Cedar makes it light but very expensive.

The only downside to building on a trailer is you'll have to deal with the step height.

If you build one, consider it disposable, it isn't going to have much resale value.
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interesting options there.
I would rather build what I can just for the fun of it and to expand my skill set.
I am looking into just welding something up. It's just a side home project, no rush.

Thanks for the tips.
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Build the frame from aluminum square tubing.
Or light guage steel.

Better yet steel studs

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I like the steel stud idea. I may do that on my next shed.
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Hi,
I would like to build a shed big enough to store extra plywood sheets, fasteners, tools, etc.

The size I am thinking is 4 feet wide x 10 feet long x 8 feet total height. (4 feet wide works great for where I am planning on placing it)

I need it to be portable without the use of any special equipment.
I was thinking of using some sort of heavy duty caster wheels or similar.

The shed will be located on my side lot that is paved solid with asphalt and therefore do not need to worry about getting stuck in dirt/mud.

The construction method I am planning on using is a typical wood frame house construction with 2x4 wall framing, plywood sheathing, vinyl siding and something solid in the floor framing for the casters to fasten onto.

I haven't built a portable shed like this before and would love some suggestions and tips.

Things to consider:
-What kind of caster wheels to use?
-How many caster wheels?
-Will it tip over?

Thanks.
i get storing tools

but why store plywood , and lumber and fasteners ?
leave them at the supply house till you need them , and get them in perfect shape everytime.
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i get storing tools

but why store plywood , and lumber and fasteners ?
leave them at the supply house till you need them , and get them in perfect shape everytime.
Good point. This is just at my house and I would like to organized my garage up. I usually have some scraps left over from projects. Maybe not full 4 x 8 sheets, but off cuts and sometimes might get a good deal on stuff and need to store a few sheets for later use. Good to have the extra space.
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