This step by step woodworking project is about free 10×16 garden shed plans. I have designed this gable storage shed so you can create a lot of storage space and enhance the look of the backyard. I have designed this shed with large double doors on the front and a smaller door and a 3’x3′ window on one side. Remember that you need to read the local building codes before selecting the right location for the shed and before building the shed. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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10×16 Shed Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 117″long FLOOR FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 24″x48″ long FLOOR
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 185″ long, 1 piece – 192″ long, 1 piece – 152″ long, 1 piece – 8″ long, 13 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 37″ long, 5 pieces – 7 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 39″ long, 2 pieces – 35″ long SIDE WALL WITH WINDOW
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 2 pieces – 113″ long, 2 pieces – 20 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 86″ long, 4 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 75″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 113″ long, 1 piece – 120″ long, 6 pieces – 91 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 11 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- H – 8 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x94 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 24″x94 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 7″x24″ long SIDING
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
- 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 42 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 13 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails, 6d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
How to build a 10×16 shed
First of all, cut the joists for the shed floor from 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular joists. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. Place the joists every 16″ on center. Measure the diagonals and make sure they are perfectly equal.
Use 4×4 skids for the shed. Lay the skids on the selected location, as in the diagram. Fit the floor frame over the skids and align them properly. Use rafter ties and screws to secure the joists to the skids.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the frame. Leave no gaps between the sheets.
Build the frame for the front wall from 2×4 lumber. Use 2×6 lumber for the double header. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. In addition, fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the 2×6 headers and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly. Add glue to the joints.
Continue the project by assembling the side wall with window for the 10×16 shed. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, except for the headers for which you need to use 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and place the studs every 24″ on center.
Frame a 3’x3′ window and a nice door for an easy access to the shed. The window will let enough light inside the shed, while the side door is ideal to use when you don’t have to take in or out large items.
Frame the opposite side wall in the same manner described above. Drill pilot through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center.
Frame the back wall, as well, using the techniques described above.
Fit the four wall frames to the floor of the 10×16 shed. Align the edges with attention, making sure the bottom plates are flush with the exterior of the floor. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, you need to lock the adjacent walls together by using 3 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes and insert the screws, for a neat result.
Attach the 4’x8′ T1-11 siding to the side wall of the shed. Align the edges flush with the top and insert 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the sheets, for a professional result.
Fit the siding sheets to the back of the shed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to inset the sheets 1 1/2″ from the top. Use 6-8d nails to lock the sheets into place. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result. Cut the middle panel to 24″, so it can fit into place properly.
Fit the T1-11 siding to the other side wall of the shed. As you can notice, you have to make a few cuts so the panels fit around the window opening and door opening. Align the edges and lock them into place with 6-8d nails.
Fit the panels to the front wall of the shed. Make the cuts so the panels fit around the double door opening.
If you want to build the gable roof for this large storage shed, you should check out PART 2 of the project. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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