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All Over Again

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If the project to build the Toolbox is Déjà Vu, then this one must be déjà vu, all over again.

So, that's what I'm calling it Project: All Over Again.

This time, I'm constructing the Toy Box Inventory Shed to house the parts, materials, and supplies for the Car Projects I'm working on that won't fit in the Wrench Works Service Garage.


Like the Toolbox, the background for the Toy Box lies in the design for the Wrench Works.

In fact, that background is virtually identical: To keep development costs down, I had to design the smallest Service Garage I could use, but with that size comes space limitations that won't allow me to keep all the parts, materials, and supplies I need to work on the Car Projects.

Due to time and energy costs needed to run to the Warehouse to find parts for active projects, I realized I needed something that would allow me to keep those components nearby, if not, within reach of whatever I was doing.

The solution is a small Inventory Shed I'm calling the Toy Box, 'cuz, it's holding all my fun toys — or, at least the stuff necessary to build my fun toys.

Like the Junk Box and the Toolbox, the design of the Car Lot allows them to fit neatly without increasing the lot size requirements.


The Toy Box is an off-the-shelf design from VersaTube called a Summit Utility Building. It's 12'x9'x7' and identical to the Junk Box and Toolbox except, of course, for its position in the Hobby Complex and its intended use.

Because it is a copy — and the third one I'll be building — I'd like to think this will be the easiest build in the Hobby Complex.

Everything from the color to the frame, to the siding, to the foundation, to the utilities, and the door is the same as the other two. That means that it has a 2"x2" frame, vertically oriented corrugated and painted steel siding. It also means the foundation will likely be whatever is used on the other two — which I hope is a simple concrete pad, but could be a monolithic or two-part design. The door will be a 6'x6' garage-style door to match the other buildings and the only utility is electrical for the lighting.


The reasons behind the Toy Box are very similar to those behind the Toolbox. The major difference being that the Toy Box hold parts, materials, and supplies. However, beyond needing a place to store those things, the Toy Box serves several related purposes:

  • Keep stuff out of the way. It's difficult to make progress on Car Projects when you have to move stuff around to do that work.
  • Keep stuff organized. When you have to constantly move stuff around, it's difficult to keep it organized and keep track of it all.
  • Keep stuff nearby. I won't use all of the parts for a project immediately, but, I still don't want to lose time and energy traipsing all the way to the Warehouse to find them.

The Toy Box is a staging area for parts, materials, and supplies for whatever project I'm working on. It needs to be configurable so that I can fit whatever kinds of components I'll need for any given project. The Warehouse will still hold parts not related to what I'm working on, but the Toy Box doesn't need to contain body parts if I'm working on the chassis, etc. Having it flexible and nearby the Wrench Works makes it more useful than some old a shed full of junk.


First and foremost, I need to build the Toy Box.

Beyond that, it's the same old song:

  • Keep the Toy Box as inexpensive as possible while still meeting my needs.
  • I need to gain the most functionality out of a limited space as I can, which will mean spending more in some areas to achieve greater versatility.
  • Although the Toy Box is important to my hobby, building it is not my actual hobby. Every day this thing isn't done is a day I can't spend wrenching on my Car Projects, which means I need to get it done as quickly as possible.

That's all folks!


The scope for Project: All Over Again is identical to all the buildings but the Parking Garage.

That means the project entails pouring the foundation, constructing the building, and installing the electrical and lighting.

It doesn't include site prep, running utility services, or outfitting and moving in.

It also doesn't include corner cutting. This is a simple building and won't gain anything worthwhile by cutting any corners, so none will be cut for fit, finish, functionality or appearance.


The great part about Project: All Over Again, is that I will have just completed Project: Déjà Vu — which is identical to this project, so the timeframe is easy to figure out, here. I'll just use the same timeframe I did for Project: Déjà Vu and Project: Test Case, the first Box.

The time is broken down in the table below, based on two, five-hour workdays a week:

Per: Day Week Year Totals
Hours 5 10 40 40
Days 2 8 8
Weeks 4 4
Years 0


Because everything else is the same, the budget for Project: All Over Again is the same as Project: Test Case and Project: Déjà Vu, which is $9,000.

Below is the same scheduled budget I used for both of those project charters:

Week: 1 2 3
Initial Financing $7,000 $0 $0
Scheduled Financing $500 $500 $500
Scheduled Cost -$2,250 -$2,250 -$2,250
TOTAL $5,250 $3,500 $1,750
4 Totals
$0 $7,000
$500 $2,000
-$2,250 -$9,000


The location is right next to the Toolbox, behind the Wrench Works, on the Car Lot — which will be in my back yard.

Work Requirements

The work requirements for this project are identical to Project: Test Case and Project: Déjà Vu and are broken down by building section.


  • Foundation design
  • Site prep and excavation
  • Form construction and teardown
  • Concrete pouring and screeding


  • Frame construction
  • Sheet metal fitting and installation
  • Insulation installation
  • Garage door installation
  • Walk door installation


  • Electrical service hook-up
  • Electrical panel installation
  • Electrical rough-in
  • Lighting and electrical outlet installation


It feels like I just did this project. Well, wrote the charter, anyway.

I'm sure it will feel that way when I actually get to it, though.

Since I will have just completed the identical Toolbox right before starting on this one, the milestones will be pretty well sorted, but as of right now, without having a site to assess, contractors to consult or a detailed plan made, the sequence of those events and their accuracy are as good as I can make them.

You'll find all seven of those milestones below.

Assessment, Feasibility and Go/No Go

At this point, after having completed both the Junk Box and the Toolbox, this phase is really just a formality.

I'll already have assessed the site during Project: Plotting and Scheming, I'll know exactly what needs to go into it after having just completed an identical project. The only things that needs to be addressed are finances and sufficient time in my schedule, then it's all systems go on Project: All Over Again.


Looking at writing the planning phase in the charter for Project: All Over Again has given me pause.

If I have enough time and money on hand, I may very well build the Toolbox and Toy Box at the same time.

If not, I'll already have a solid, well tested plan in place for this project, so I should only need to make a few minor tweaks should the circumstances be slightly different for some reason.

Once that's done, the final go ahead for Project: All Over Again will be given and I can begin preparing for principle project work.

Preparation and Coordination

By the time I get here, there shouldn't be a great deal of prep or coordination needed.

I would like to think there won't be anything I can't handle about this build on my own. However, should that be incorrect, now is when I'll coordinate with contractors and get set up to move forward into pouring the foundation.


Just like the Toolbox, the foundation should be the same as that of the Junk Box.

Again, just like the Junk Box and the Toolbox, I don't know what type of foundation I'm going to end up using. I'd prefer a simple pad, however, I may be forced to go with a two-part T-style or monolithic slab.

Regardless, before I get to Project: All Over Again, I'll already know what it'll be, I just don't know for the charter.

Building Structure Construction

Like I've mentioned throughout this charter, I will just have put up one of these buildings.

I should be able to say "I've got this."

Should, but one never knows until the fat lady sings something inappropriate and punches you in the face — or some such horseshit.

The same caveat applies here that applies to the other two Boxes. I may need to call in someone for the door.

Utility Installation and Hook-Up

The electrical installation and hook-up fall under the same category as the door, if I can't handle it on my own, I'll have to call a contractor — but I'd like to think that by the time I get to the Toy Box, I can take care of it on my own.

Close Out

Go over lessons learned, tie up loose ends, and I'm all done with Project: All Over Again — then just one more building to go.


The Toy Box is all about parts, materials, and supply inventory for whatever project I've got going on in the Wrench Works. Which is why it's situated so closely. Since I can't afford a larger building that can hold all the inventory and allow me to work on the Car Projects, this Inventory Shed is my compromise.

This is likely going to be the easiest build in the entire Car Lot, since I will have already built two before it. It's also the last stop on the way to constructing the Wrench Works Service Garage so that I can finally get to wrenching on my beloved and long-ignored project cars.


One day when my automotive wet dreams come true, you'll find progress on the Toy Box posted right here. Until that day comes, you can imagine I'm just sitting here behind a computer screen fantasizing about what it would be like to have this shed sitting behind my house, holding parts for my Car Projects — 'cuz, that's all I'll be doing.

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