This step by step woodworking project is about free 12×16 garden shed plans. This is PART 2 of the project, where I show you how to build the roof for the storage shed. The lean to roof will drain the water properly. 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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12×16 Lean to Shed Roof Plans
- H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 11 pieces – 34 1/2″ long WALL FRAME
- I – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 43 1/4″x48″ long SIDING
- J – 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 168″ long RAFTERS
- K – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 25 1/4″ long, 2 piece – 12 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 2″ long SUPPORTS
- L – 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x48″ long, 1 piece – 24″x96″ long ROOF
- M – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 192″ long, 2 piece – 171″ long TRIMS
- N – 300 sq ft of tar paper, 300 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 14′
- 7 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 5 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 16′
- 300 sq ft of tar paper, 300 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 1 5/8″ screws, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- skid ties
- 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
Building a lean to roof for a 12×16 shed
First of all, you need to build the top frame for the back wall. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center.
Fit the frame to the back wall. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.
The next step of the project is to build the rafters for the shed out of 2×6 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the rafters and get the job done using a saw. Smooth the edges with attention for a professional result.
Fit the rafters to the top of the roof. Make sure you lay the rafters every 24″ on center.
Cut the siding panels and lock them to the top of the back wall. Use 6d nails to secure them into place.
Fit 2×4 supports to the lean to sides of the roof. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and lock them into place tightly with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square for a professional result.
Use T1-11 siding for the lean to ends of the shed. Mark the cut lines on the sheets and get the job done with a saw. Attach the panels, align them and use 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the roof of the shed. Align the edges with attention, making sure there are no gaps between the sheets. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the sheets into place.
Fit the 1×6 trims to the sides, front and back of the shed. Align the trims with attention and use 2″ brad nails to lock them into place tightly.
The next step of the woodworking project is to cover the roof with felt. As you can see in the image, you need to make sure the strips of roofing felt overlap at least 2”. In addition, you have to lock the tar paper to the plywood sheets with staples. Attach the asphalt shingles to the roof, making sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
This lean to shed is beautiful and has a classical appeal. You can build this shed in any area, irrespective of you backyard’s style.
If you want to build the frame the 12×16 shed, you should check out PART 1 of the project. Check out PART 3 of the shed, where I show you how to build the double doors and attach the trims. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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