Project by kiefer posted 06-13-2011 06:07 AM 9622 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my idea of a very easy to build and also very efficient space saving way to build a small shed.
After looking at metal vinyl and the common sheds build with stud walls I decided to give my idea a try.
My wife wanted a bit more privacy for our fire pit patio and I wanted the lawn mower ETC. out of the garage.
I started with a pressure treated 2×4” frame 10×3 foot for the base and build the walls out of 1/2” sheathing
plywood reinforcing the seams with a 6” plywood strip glued and stapled ,then I applied 1” strips and 1×4” spruce boards to give it a board and batten rustic look .
The door opening is reinforced with a couple 2×4” and the rafters are 2×4” with a plywood gusset plate on both sides at the peakto give strength .

The rafters are notched into the wall and held in place with metal rafter clips and glued and screwed in place.
The roof sheathing is 1/2” plywood covered with tar paper and rubber shakes a roofing company had left over from a project.
For the doors I used a piece of 1/2 ” plywood and 1×6” spruce on both sides to make a frame and panel look set of doors holding it all together with construction adhesive and staples .
The doors are on heavy gate hinges repainted brown to match the the small garden fence around our flower beds and a simple slide bolt at the top holds the doors closed and out of reach of the little grand kids .
The floor is concrete mixed in the wheel barrel and holds this shed down real nice .
This was a fun project to build in the shop and simple to move in place by dismantling it and reassembling it in place then putting on the shakes .
For the outside finish i used my belt sander to roughen up the plywood and battens to give it a rough sawn look and a coat of stain.

I also made a small lattice for a clematis on the gable end by simply adding 1×1” strips on the battens .


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posted 06-19-2011 02:55 AM

looks good…cool idea…it will be interesting to see how it holds up.

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posted 06-08-2016 08:28 AM

An amazing project that will help to store some of the most used items for proper maintenance of the garden.

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posted 07-12-2016 06:10 AM

I think this is an interesting idea. I am really impressed on this concept. I appreciate you for developing such a wonderful idea. If it is there in the garden, then it will be very much easier to keep the necessary items inside it!
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