This step by step woodworking project is about free 5×7 outdoor shed plans. Any backyard needs additional storage space for tools, a mower and even furniture. If you are tight on space or you have a small budget, this small lean to shed is the ideal and obvious choice. 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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5×7 Lean to Shed Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 84″ long, 7 pieces – 57″long FLOOR
- B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 84″ long SKIDS
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x60″ long, 1 piece – 36″x60″ long FLOORING
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long, 1 piece – 84″ long, 6 pieces – 89″ long, 2 pieces – 79 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 4″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 63″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 84″ long, 7 pieces – 74″ long BACK WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 4 pieces – 74″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- G – 1 piece of T1-11 – 48″x79″ long, 1 piece – 36″x79″ long, 1 piece – 48″x94″ long, 1 piece – 36″x94″ long SIDING
- 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 27 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 4 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x96″
- 8d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
- 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
- 1 week
How to build a 5×7 lean to shed
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 5×7 lean to shed. Cut the joists at the right dimensions from 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the long joists and then drill pilot holes. Insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square.
Fit 4×4 skids under the frame, as shown in the diagram. Use rafter ties to lock the skids to the floor frame.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Align the edges flush and leave no gaps between them. Insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the framing.
The next step of the project is to build the front wall frame for the shed. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Use 2×6 lumber for the double header. Sandwich a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the headers.
Build the side wall frames from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place double studs to both ends of the walls and make sure the corners are square.
Build the back wall for the shed in the same manner described above. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Fit the wall frames to the floor frame of the shed. Plumb the walls with a spirit level, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Lock the adjacent walls together tightly with screws. Make sure the corners are square.
Fit the T1-11 siding panels to the back of the storage shed. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the sheets. Insert 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing.
Use T1-11 siding for the front of the shed. Make the cuts so you can fit the panels around the door opening.
This 5×7 storage shed is ideal for any backyard, as it will shelter lots of tools and other small items.
If you want to build the gable roof for this 5×7 storage shed, you should check out PART 2 of the project. I will also show you how to build the double doors in PART 2 of the project. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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