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Sheds for Her, Sheds for Him at Abbott’s Wood Enterprises

Family Business Founded 1958
Sep 14, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson OUTSIDE EXPANSION: Jenny Abbott serves Jennifer and Ilan Lancry from the new shed bar model that Abbott’s Wood Enterprises created this year.

You’ve heard of man caves, where guys can go and lounge in their favorite chair, watch football and eat snacks from the mini frig without being disturbed. Well, fair is fair. How about “she sheds” for the misses?

Jenny Abbott of Abbott’s Wood in Manahawkin is proud to show off three new designs in the Abbott’s Wood Enterprises line of outdoor storage sheds including the newest: She Shed.

Being an artist and jewelry designer, Abbott knows there are craftswomen out there who yearn for a workspace of their own. The 10x12-foot She Shed is a perfect fit. It’s 120 square feet of space for sewing, quilting, painting, crafting, gardening or just hiding out in luxury from the kids and hubby. It features carriage house-style doors with decorative hinges, eyebrow or dormer windows, and two windows for natural light. These styles can be changed to fit the needs of the particular woman. Who doesn’t need a hideaway?

Also new is the poolside cabana shed featuring a cathedral ceiling. This spacious cabana’s porch (8x10-foot) is trimmed in vinyl siding to withstand the weather and has sturdy Trex decking underfoot. Inside the 10x16-foot cabana is room for a closet or a water closet (bathroom).

“This is great for changing into your bathing suit. And if you need the bathroom while at the pool, it’s right here; you wouldn’t drip all through the house,” suggested Abbott.

If you wanted to add plumbing, a shower could be added to the end of the shed.

“We are glad to help with customizing any of our sheds,” said Abbott.

The cathedral ceiling makes it so easy to change clothes, too. The shed is made of pinewood, not particleboard or pressboard that might swell from the moisture.

The third newest addition at Abbott’s is an outdoor entertainment shed with bar. This 10x16-foot shed has room to seat up to six at its flip-up bar. The hinged bar is made of solid wood and poly-coated to withstand those sweaty cold bottles and glasses.

Lots of fun can be built into this entertainment space, with your imagination the only limitation.

Around all these cool summer sheds is a product that Jenny’s grandfather created: an attractive roll-up walkway or boardwalk made of pressure-treated pine and connected by PVC piping. This keeps dirt or sand off your feet and out of the pool and house. “We can make these different widths and lengths – as long as you need them.”

All the different styles of sheds that Abbott’s sells can be customized to fit your budget. “We love to help people design their sheds and furniture,” Abbott said.

Free delivery is provided to customers who live within 20 miles.

Yes, they also sell sturdy polyvinyl Adirondack chairs and tables. There are two new colors: birch and antique walnut, besides the bright color hues previously available.

One other shed that needs to be talked about is the Cabin shed. This is a big 12x24-foot shed that could serve as a tiny house or guesthouse, and includes a porch and a sleeping loft. Adding or subtracting windows and features can negotiate the price of the cabin.

“We actually sold a lot of these and other sheds for people who were fixing up their houses after Superstorm Sandy,” said Abbott.

“All our sheds are Abbott’s-made, in the USA,” she continued. “We don’t ship them from China or over-seas, like some do. We have the same craftsmen working for us for years.”

Abbott’s Wood Enterprises has always been a family-run business, located in the Cedar Run section of Stafford Township for over 50 years. It started in 1958 with Herschel Abbott and his wife, Eldora. Their cedar sawmill business was the largest in New Jersey.

Herschel Abbott Jr. worked alongside his parents in the sawmill and at the age of 16, he started his own firewood business. In 1978, he married Linda, and they had three daughters, Jenny, Kristie and Lori. In 1986, Herschel Sr. and Jr. started Abbott’s Wood Enterprises, selling hand-built products such as lawn furniture and picnic tables. The business grew rapidly and they sought out highly skilled craftsmen to build an expanded line of 25 different products.

In 1998, Abbott’s Wood Enterprises became incorporated. Jenny works with her mom and dad. Lori married Alex Scherer, who owns Jersey Shore Pavers next door to Abbott’s Wood Enterprises.

“It makes it convenient for people looking to redo their whole yard. We always recommend them!” Jenny remarked.

Abbott’s Wood Enterprises stock more than 300 sheds on their 3½-acre display at 239 Route 9 in Cedar Run. Stop at the place with the whirligigs, lighthouse landmarks and friendly salespeople. To add to your own curb appeal, they sell benches, flower boxes, mailboxes, solar lampposts, bird feeders and birdhouses and much more. Check them out on Facebook.

—P.J.

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