How To Build A Wood Shed

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

Building A Wood shed

A customer of mine asked me to construct a wood storage shed for them behind their garage. The firewood is currently being stored against the back of the garage and the lack of gutters has rain water cascading onto the wood pile.  This is part 1 of a series on How To Build A Wood Shed.

Choose A Location and Size

We chose the location to the far left of the garage so as not to interfere with the garage windows.

The storage shed will compliment the garage in trim and siding detail, be approx. 8′ wide by 4′ deep and be able to store two stacks deep of firewood ~ approximately one chord of wood.

Choose A Style and Design

This wood shed will be enclosed on three sides with clapboards on the walls. The front of the shed will be open.

Getting Started

We removed all the grass and organic soil then we dug and poured two 8″ round x 48″ deep concrete footings to support the floor and roof.

After pouring the footings we installed a pressure treated border edging and then filled in the space with six to eight inches of 3/4″ drainage gravel. The stone extends beyond the sheds roof drip line approx. 24″ for rain run off.

The front and two side walls will have approx. 4″-6″ of space above the ground level, to encourage airflow and drying of the wood.

Foundation and Frame

The support posts are 4″x6″ p.t. and the deck joists are 2×6 pressure lumber. The deck was direct nailed and then I added joist hangers and corner braces for added strength.

The ledger is attached to the concrete foundation with 6 3.5″ expanding lag bolts.

Floor

The floor of the shed is 5/4″ x 6″ synthetic decking, spaced 1-1/2″ and be approx. 10″ off the ground for ventilation.

We cut out the garage siding and water table trim away to expose the garage sheathing. Lucky for us both walls ended on a framing stud.

Walls

The wall studs are 2×4 and the roof and wall sheathing will be 1/2″ CDX plywood.

Walls raised, plumbed and secured.

Door Opening

We designed and framed our building to have an open front.  We framed a continuous 2×8 double header to span the opening and support the roof.

Rafters Installed

Rafters installed ~ it’s a 3 pitch to maximize storage capacity.

See Part ~2 Building A Shed.

 

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. https://jointruly.com/robillard Invite code: x22r2

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