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Discussions elsewhere might lead to clogging up threads with talk of sheds.

We could have examples of the "housing issue" here, to keep things organised and show/examine details of the various possibilities that exist.

I'm (slowly) reorganising this one.


Cavity blocks and a steel roof, but I did put in an insulated plasterboard ceiling, just before the Plague hit.

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2 hours ago, murphaph said:

A fine structure indeed. It actually looks like you'd be able to add external wall insulation relatively cheaply and easily yourself, unless it's built right up to the boundary and the neighbour would object to the overhang?

That might happen one day, but it hasn't really been an issue - the fire helps and only burns €1 to €1:50 of wood a day.


I did use it to 'isolate' for a couple of fortnights during the Plague, to avoid potentially contaminating the house - hence the camp bed and sleeping bag.

Another possibility is to 'glaze in' the space between the greenhouse and the window, there's a lot of free heat to be had there.

Baking the wood in the greenhouses definitely had a hugely beneficial effect on the efficiency.

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I have another shed happening as well as the 'Lathe Shed' I'll post up a few photos soon- this one is a timber 2.4x1.2m shed taken from my brother's place and am using it for shelving storage to keep the Lathe Shed as clear as possible.



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22 minutes ago, murrayec said:

shelving storage

On the basis that there's no point having it if you can't find it, shelving has been a large part of the recent renovations.

Any area of 'dead volume', behind the door, along the eaves, etc, has been filled with shelving, so that stuff can be stored in a visible manner.



This is an ongoing project, with the intention, so far unachieved, of keeping the benches clear of tools and materials that aren't actually in use.

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8 minutes ago, Galteemore said:

Looks good. Although if that’s an ingredients shelf above the food mixer I’d be reluctant to partake in any cake or buns at your house….

Oh, Come on, David, the mixer is for grinding up surface scatter, as recommended in all the Good Books.

There must be suitable Biblical quote, but I can't think of one offhand. (Parable of sewer, perhaps .....).

(Filling in the car parking form for Warley has addled my brain)

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The mixer is mostly for the birds.

They do like to supervise the process.



When I was living in the Shed, people sometimes commented on the amount of alcohol in the larder, but nobody ever noticed the bottle of meths in the middle.



I did build the cooker in, when the benches were rearranged, to avoid going back up to the house unnecessarily.


2 minutes ago, leslie10646 said:

Oh, Come on, David, the mixer is for grinding up surface scatter, as recommended in all the Good Books.

There must be suitable Biblical quote, but I can't think of one offhand. (Parable of sewer, perhaps .....).

(Filling in the car parking form for Warley has addled my brain)

For the shepherds have become stupid
And have not sought the Lord;
Therefore they have not prospered,
And all their flock is scattered.                         Jeremiah 10:21

When the truly righteous would have used a proper electrostatic machine.

Or, have you led me into discussing religion..?

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Storage/retrieval is a serious issue, that you do have to confront, as best you can.

One thing I have been doing is mounting 'occasional' machinery on plywood plates, so they can be clamped (almost) anywhere when needed and stored away when the empty bench-space is more useful. 


They can then be used around the main shed or in the greenhouses.

The plates have an M6 T-nut sunk flush into the bottom of the plate and threaded rod to pull the machine down firmly.


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Yes I do the same, a lot of my tools are mounted on an MDF board which are clamped down like your photo above.

I use ujktechnology.co.uk T slots and clamping system on the low workbench which takes most of these mounted tools.



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There is an island bench in the middle of the shed which is just a 'pile of stuff' at the moment. Eventually, it will have this ex-school workbench with a plywood extension behind it.


It'll be raised to the same height as the main bench along the back wall and provide a decent open workspace.

Thinking about the external insulation possibilities, the side with the window faces square east, and the side with the double doors faces south. There's a good bit of solar input on any half-decent day - the doors, particularly, get quite warm - so, I might just insulate the north and (shaded) west sides. Painting the sunny walls a bit darker has been on the cards anyway, as the glare is a bit trying in the summer. But, the glazing-in of the window/greenhouse space looks very enticing for the future.

The north wall is fully blank and the west wall has only the woodburner flue and the gas pipe defacing its smoothness.

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Photos of the 'Shelving Shed'

It's your common 2.4x1.2m timber garden shed with tar sheet roof, tight headroom and a 'Duck' door head.

All the timber was liberally oiled with Creocoat and then a few mods were made.



The floor was insulated with aeroboard and silver stuff- the floor is upside down in the photos.


The ground was prepared by removing the sod, levelling with gravel, installing level bricks with a bit of dpc stuck on top.


Floor down sitting on the dpc/bricks.


The walls up, their sitting on a dpc dressed down over the floor and will be carried up the inside of the walls. the walls were screw fixed with galvanised steel L brackets- so easy to dismantle if needs.  I added a few roof frames to give extra support to the roof- these type of shed roofs always droop in the middle!


Aeroboard being installed in the walls. Not much room here, I want an air gap behind the wall sheeting so I installed 12x12mm strips adjacent the studs and then fitted 18mm boards on top of the strips- flush with the inner face of the studs.


Silver stuff was then installed on the walls, the ceiling will be later as I am insulating the roof on the outside and finishing with corrugated iron sheeting, so holding off silvering.


Shelving going in,

Yet to do the electrics and the roof......


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