This step by step woodworking project is about free 16×16 garden shed plans. This is PART 2 of the project, where I show you how to build the roof for the gable storage shed. You can even make a simple loft for the shed, if you want to enhance the storage capacity of the shed. 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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16×16 Gable Shed Roof Plans
- G – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 32″x48″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x59 3/4″ long SIDING
- H – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 130″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 2 pieces – 21 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long 9xTRUSSES
- H – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 7 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 35″ long SUPPORTS
- I – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 130″ long, 18 pieces – 8″ long 2xOVERHANG
- J – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″x96′ long, 4 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 4 piece – 30 3/4″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 11 1/2″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 11 1/2″x30 3/4″ long ROOF
- 26 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 14′
- 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
- 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 13 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 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
How to build a gable roof for a 16×16 shed
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the 16×16 shed roof. Mark the cut lines on the 2×6 beams and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and make birdmouths to the rafters, so they can fit into place tightly.
The next step of the project is to build the bottom rafters for the trusses. Cut both ends of the rafters at 30 degrees, by using a miter saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and then lay it on a level surface, next to the common rafters.
Use 2×4 lumber for the for the supports. Cut one end of the supports at 60 degrees, then drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the supports to the trusses and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the gussets. Cut the gussets at the right dimensions and then attach them over the joints. Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the gussets to the joints. These are the trusses that are placed at both ends of the shed.
Build the rest of the trusses for the roof of the shed following the instructions in the diagram.
Fit the trusses to the top of the shed and place them every 24″ on center. Use a spirit level to plumb the trusses and lock them to the top plates with rafter ties.
Use T1-11 siding for the gable ends of the 16×16 shed. After cutting the panels to the right size and shape, you need to lock them to the framing with 6-8d nails. Insert the nails every 8″ along the framing.
Build the overhangs for the shed from rafters and 2×6 blockings. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the blockings.
Fit the overhangs to the front and to the back of the shed. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″screws to lock them into place tightly.
Cut the panels for the roof from 3/4″ plywood. Lay the sheets to the roof of the shed and align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the rafters, every 8″. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
This storage shed has a neat result and it also features a lot of space for your tools, equipment and furniture pieces. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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