This step by step woodworking project is about building a saltbox shed roof plans. This is the second article about how to build a 4×8 wood storage shed, where I show you how to make the rafters and install the front door. My plans come with step by step instructions and you can easily adjust all the dimensions to suit your needs. 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.
Made from this plan
4×8 Saltbox Firewood Shed
- G – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 57 1/2″ long, 7 pieces – 12″ long RAFTERS
- H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 9″ long, 2 pieces – 16 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- I – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x91 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x91″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x63 1/4 long SIDING
- J – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x55 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 12″x48″ long ROOF
- K – 60 sq ft of tar paper, 60 sq ft of shingles ROOFING
- L – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 59″ long, 2 pieces – 12 1/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 88″ long, 2 pieces – 61 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long, 2 pieces – 82″ long, 1 piece – 98 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 97 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 68 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 73″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 11 1/4″ long TRIMS
- 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 1 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 6′
- 13 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 60 sq ft of tar paper, 60 sq ft of shingles
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 2″ brad 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
- One Day
Building a 4×8 saltbox shed roof
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the firewood shed. Mark the cut lines on the 2×4 slats and then get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the rafters to the top of the shed frame, making sure you place them every 16″ on center. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws, so you can secure the rafters into place tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the side supports. Cut the top of the supports at 60 degrees. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.
Attach T1-11 siding panels to the sides of the firewood storage shed. Align the edges flush with the frame of the wall and insert 2″ brad nails so you can secure the sheets into place.
Attach the T1-11 siding sheets to the back of the shed. Leave no gaps between the components and insert 2″ brad nails so you can secure them into place tightly.
Use T-11 siding for the front wall as well. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make notches to the top of the sheets, so you can fit the front overhangs into place properly.
Fit the sheets to the front of the storage shed and lock them into place with 2″ brad nails.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood to the top of the storage shed, as shown in the plans. Align the sheets with attention and secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit 1×3 trims around the door opening, so you enhance its look. Use 2″ brad nails to secure the trims into place tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the sides trims. Make the angle cuts to the trims and then secure them to the roof of the shed with 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit 1×3 trims to the sides of the shed.
Fit the 1×3 and 1×4 trims to the back of the shed, in the same manner described above.
Fit 1×3 trims to the front of the storage shed.
Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the trims and to the siding, so you protect them from decay and to enhance their look.
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