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Machine Shed Built From Discarded Shelving
FARM SHOW has featured a lot of innovative ways to build economical farm buildings over the years. But this machine shed built by an Illinois farmer out of steel shelving is a first.
Robert Brune of Jacksonville, Ill, used 12 and 14-ft. tall sections of heavy industrial shelving (from a store that went out of business) to build a 34 by 56-ft. machine shed. He set up the shelving in a large rectangle to form a framework for the outer walls of the building, and then sided over the out-side of them and put up a roof on top.
The result is a sturdy structure with built-in shelves along all four walls.
The shelving sections are anchored by 8-in. dia., 5-ft. long wood posts set 3 1/2 ft. deep in the ground at 9-ft. intervals around the perimeter of the building. Then he bolted 2 by 6's and 2 by 4's around the outer side of the shelving to hold them together. The metal siding that encloses the building is nailed to these cross pieces.
He built the A-frame roof out of 2 by 6's taken off surplus shelving. It's covered with 48-in. sheets of corrugated aluminum. Over-all height of the shed at its peak is 28 ft. He sided the shed with 6-ft. lengths of painted sheet metal, leaving space for three windows on each long side.
He uses a 30-in. wide steel staircase, also purchased from the defunct store, to reach the upper storage areas.
He uses an 18-ft. long by 2-ft. wide stain-less steel serving counter he got from a burnt-out local fast food restaurant for a workbench. He set the bench along one side of the shed and mounted a vise on it. Shelves underneath are ideal for tool storage. "Including the $3,250 I paid for the 40 shelves, some of which I haven't used yet, it cost me only about $7,500 to build," Brune says. "It took me five years to complete it. Whenever anybody sees it they tell me they can't believe the job I did." Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Brune, 345 Pine St., Jacksonville, Ill. 62650 (ph 217 243-2568).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2