LocostUSA.com

Learning how to build Lotus Seven replicas...together!
It is currently June 20, 2018, 10:48 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: August 17, 2017, 10:42 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 24, 2008, 2:13 pm
Posts: 3433
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
Many of us face the problem of inadequate room for our shop space or build space. A couple of weeks ago, I happened upon a show-and-tell feature on TV regarding using surplus shipping containers for those purposes. After doing a Google image search I found there is a whole world of these applications out there, including companies that sell plans for conversions of same.

You would need space somewhere on your land to place them, and need the local zoning ordinances to permit their use. However, if you live in a more rural area, it's probably not an issue. Here are a few random photos of ones I liked from Google. There are many, many other ideas out there.

Cheers,

Attachment:
File comment: Just one of many I liked.
Exterior View 1.jpg
Exterior View 1.jpg [ 55.33 KiB | Viewed 1704 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: Inside of the container above
Interior View 1.jpg
Interior View 1.jpg [ 52.48 KiB | Viewed 1704 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: You can even arrange them into configurations that create de facto structures.
Shop-Carport #1.jpg
Shop-Carport #1.jpg [ 104.32 KiB | Viewed 1704 times ]

_________________
Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5886


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 17, 2017, 10:49 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 19, 2012, 9:25 pm
Posts: 2692
Location: Summerville, SC
I love the last one. Storage and workspace with a real roof overhead.

_________________
Too much week, not enough weekend.

OOPS I did it again
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=17496

Blood Sweat and Beers
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=15216


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 17, 2017, 11:30 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 11, 2013, 4:47 am
Posts: 841
Location: No. Nevada
Third is the way to go, even if only used for one wall.
I've put a lot of cars into containers.
They are too narrow to build a Locost in comfortably.

_________________
If I must be a one-man PC free zone, so be it!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 17, 2017, 11:36 am 
Offline
Mid-Engined Maniac

Joined: April 23, 2006, 8:26 pm
Posts: 5864
Location: SoCal
The second application is about 1000x more useful than the first. The primary problem with the "box" is that you can't swing anything longer than about 6 feet. I suspect that first one is so expensive (never mind moving on-site) that it might be cheaper to just build a proper stick-based building - one where the floor doesn't rust away.

_________________
Midlana book: Build this mid-engine Locost!, http://www.midlana.com/
Kimini book: Designing mid-engine cars using FWD drivetrains, http://www.kimini.com/book_info/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 18, 2017, 9:43 am 
Offline

Joined: February 28, 2009, 11:09 pm
Posts: 1271
Location: Connersville, Indiana
I vote for the one with the uncluttered workspace. Talked to guy yesterday about clutter. He said he has about 40 lineal feet of workbench, but only about two square feet of work area. I'm close behind.

Bill


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 18, 2017, 10:33 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 24, 2008, 2:13 pm
Posts: 3433
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
There are all kinds of ways to combine these containers. There are also many types of containers beyond the standard "box with end door" we're used to seeing. Here is an example of one with side and end doors that's been converted by a UK company that does it for a living.
Attachment:
File comment: Side door model converted to a small shop.
Open-Shop-1.jpg
Open-Shop-1.jpg [ 75.79 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: Interior detail of above shop conversion
Interior-Detail.jpg
Interior-Detail.jpg [ 77.25 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]


You can go to https://www.mrbox.co.uk/container-conve ... s-gallery/ to see other examples for many other purposes. There appears to be a growing industry world-wide converting these units and making accessories for them to make them more useful.
Attachment:
File comment: Combining 2 or more containers
Combi-1.jpg
Combi-1.jpg [ 60.81 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: 2 combined into a garage.
Interior-2.jpg
Interior-2.jpg [ 16.59 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: Making a "civilized" interior before combining.
Interior-1.jpg
Interior-1.jpg [ 83.32 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: Cobining container and traditional stick frame work.
Combi-Interior.jpg
Combi-Interior.jpg [ 106.38 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]

Attachment:
File comment: Placing on a pier foundation. Notice plumbing drain adjacent to it.
Corner-Pylon.jpg
Corner-Pylon.jpg [ 15.93 KiB | Viewed 1635 times ]


It just represents a very fast, cheap way to create certain storage and workshop facilities. If I lived in a rural area, I would definitely consider them.

Cheers,

_________________
Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5886


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 18, 2017, 10:48 am 
Offline
Mid-Engined Maniac

Joined: April 23, 2006, 8:26 pm
Posts: 5864
Location: SoCal
Someone - and in fact I think it was here - made a building using sea containers. I don't remember who said it but do remember that he said (paraphrasing), "... after it was all said and done, it would have been better and cheaper to just build a regular wood frame shop."

_________________
Midlana book: Build this mid-engine Locost!, http://www.midlana.com/
Kimini book: Designing mid-engine cars using FWD drivetrains, http://www.kimini.com/book_info/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 20, 2017, 4:37 pm 
Offline

Joined: February 12, 2017, 7:57 pm
Posts: 42
KB58 wrote:
Someone - and in fact I think it was here - made a building using sea containers. I don't remember who said it but do remember that he said (paraphrasing), "... after it was all said and done, it would have been better and cheaper to just build a regular wood frame shop."


This is what I have come to as well. If I lived near an ocean port and could buy these for 800$, I would have two right now. At my location 1500+ 200 shipping is a screaming deal. In the first post, second picture, you have two 1700$ boxs where a 2x6 wall would suffice. The major benefit of them is having the ability to pic them up and move them.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 20, 2017, 5:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: January 27, 2010, 1:11 pm
Posts: 409
Location: Jefferson City, MO
One place where these would save alot is you wouldn't need a concrete floor like you do a traditional shop. Concrete alone can run I to the 10s of thiusands

_________________
Build on

Chris
Build: NA Miata based +221 Se7en


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 20, 2017, 7:06 pm 
Offline
Mid-Engined Maniac

Joined: April 23, 2006, 8:26 pm
Posts: 5864
Location: SoCal
Yes and no, the steel container needs to be up off the ground, be it gravel, piers, or some sort of foundation, though I get your point. While they're very "immediate", I'm not sure they hold up over the years, though I'm happy to be corrected.

_________________
Midlana book: Build this mid-engine Locost!, http://www.midlana.com/
Kimini book: Designing mid-engine cars using FWD drivetrains, http://www.kimini.com/book_info/


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 20, 2017, 8:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: July 6, 2008, 11:15 am
Posts: 1049
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
I have 6 of them, ranging in size from 5'X8' to 8'X8'X40'. Very quick to set up, plumb and run electric in them, but I can do it cheaper with frame and stucco (or sheating). But I can't move it after. I mounted vertical manhole racking in almost all of them to make them really versatile and changeable. If you are going to put a gantry crane in one, for God's sake, don't run the I-beam down the middle and take up valuable headroom. Run it down the opposite side from your workbench and put a swing out beam on it. The corners are a helluva lot stronger than the middle of the ceiling.

Tom

_________________
Sometimes, I'm as confused as a baby in a topless bar.

My short term memory is absolutely horrible and so is my short term memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG16m2e4O6I


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: August 21, 2017, 12:39 pm 
Offline

Joined: January 27, 2010, 1:11 pm
Posts: 409
Location: Jefferson City, MO
KB58 wrote:
Yes and no, the steel container needs to be up off the ground, be it gravel, piers, or some sort of foundation, though I get your point. While they're very "immediate", I'm not sure they hold up over the years, though I'm happy to be corrected.


gravel with good drainage is all that is needed and is a lot cheaper than concrete. You need the gravel and drainage under your concrete anyways so there is no difference in cost there.

_________________
Build on

Chris
Build: NA Miata based +221 Se7en


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
POWERED_BY