This step by step woodworking project is about free 6×8 lean to shed plans. This is PART 2 of the lean to shed project where I show you how to frame the roof and how to build the double front doors. The lean to roof is sturdy, easy to build and it drains the water easily. The double shed doors will give you a quick and wide access to the interior of 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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6×8 Lean to Shed Roof Plans
- H – 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x85 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x77 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x92 3/4″ long SIDING
- G – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 4 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 10″ long RAFTER
- I – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long ROOF
- J – 100 sq ft of tar paper, 100 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- K – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 100 1/4″ long TRIMS
- L – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 83″ long, 1 piece – 67″ long JAMBS
- M – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 30″x83″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 76″ long, 2 pieces – 30″ long, 1 piece – 23″ long DOOR
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 10′
- 16 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 7 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 100 sq ft of tar paper, 100 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- hinges and latch
- 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
- One Day
How to build a small lean to shed roof
The first step of the project is to attach the siding sheets to the back of the shed. Cut the sheets at the dimensions shown in the diagram and then align the edges flush. Insert 6-8d nails to secure the sheets into place, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
Next, fit the T1-11 siding sheets to the front wall of the small lean to shed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make a few cuts so the panels fit around the door opening. Align the edges flush and insert the nails, as shown in the diagram.
Build the rafters for the lean to roof using 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats and get the job done with a circular saw. The birdsmouth cuts are needed so you can fit the rafters into place tightly.
Fit the rafters every 24″ on center and align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws so you can secure the rafters to the top plates.
Use T1-11 siding for the side walls for the shed. Make the cuts to the sheets and then align them into place. Use 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Next, attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the roof of the she. Leave no gaps between the sheets and align the edges flush. Insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the rafters, so you can lock them into place tightly.
Fit 2×6 trims to the sides of the lean to roof and 1×6 rafters to the front and back of the shed. Use 2 1/2″ screws to the side trims and 2″ nails for the front and back.
You could fit asphalt shingles to protect the shed, as it is a straight forward solution. Therefore, install roofing felt over the roofing sheets, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under. Place a starting course at the bottom of the roof, before installing the asphalt shingles. Always read the manufacturing instructions before starting the installation, as there are several aspects that differ.
Smart Tip: The first course should star with a 3 tab shingle, the second course with a 2 1/2 tab , the third course with a 2 tab, the forth course with a 1 1/2 tab, the fifth course with a 1 tab, the sixth course with a 1/2 tab. Repeat the process from the beginning, starting with the seventh course. Don’t forget that the shingles should overhang from the drip edge about a 1/4″. In addition, secure the asphalt shingles to the roof decking with tacks.
Attach the 2×4 door jambs around the opening. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the jambs into place tightly. Align the edges flush for a professional result.
Build the doors for the lean to shed from 2×4 lumber and T1-11 siding. First, you need to make the frame for the doors from 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes and assemble the door frames together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square for a neat result.
Attach the T1-11 siding that you have cut out in the previous steps and lay them over the door frames. Use 2″ nails to secure the panels to the frames tightly.
Fit the double doors to the front of the shed. Align the doors to the jambs and then secure them into place with hinges. Make sure the doors open and close easily and then install a latch so you can lock them into place tightly.
I have designed this small 6×8 shed so you can store all your garden tools and organize the rest of your items (sports equipment and so on). See all my SHED PLANS, as well, as I have lots of designs that come in many sizes.
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