This step by step woodworking project is about free 6×8 small garden shed plans. I have designed this small shed so you can build one for your backyard, so you store all your tools and save space. This shed requires common materials and basic woodworking techniques, so you shouldn’t have a difficult time building it. Check out the local building codes, so you comply with the legal requirements when selecting the location and when 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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Small Garden Shed Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 69″long FLOOR FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 1 piece – 60 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 3 1/2″ long, 7 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces – 77 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 33 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 38″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 39″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 7 pieces – 81″ long BACK WALL
- H – 6 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x84″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x84″ long SIDING
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 39 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- skid ties
- 6d nails
- 1 5/8″ screws, 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
How to build a 6×8 shed
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 6×8 shed. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Check if the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Lay the joists on the selected location for the shed. Place the skids equally-spaced and then lay the floor frame into place. Use rafter ties and screws to secure the frame to the skids. The skids will protect the shed floor from water damage.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the shed floor. Lay the plywood panels to the floor frame and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes through the panels and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the floor joists. Leave no gaps between the floor sheets for a professional result.
Continue the project by framing the front wall with window for the shed. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the proper dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Moreover, you need to frame the 3’x3′ window for the front wall, so you let the light in.
Build double headers for the window, from 2×4 lumber and 1/2″ plywood. You can adjust the size of the door and window to suit your needs.
Build the side wall frames for the 6×8 garden shed from 2×4 lumber. Cut all the components at the right dimensions and then secure them together with 3 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes through the plates. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square.
Frame the back wall for the shed 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, for a professional result.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush and use a spirit level to plumb the walls. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly, by drilling pilot holes and by inserting 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Attach the T1-11 siding sheets to the side walls. After cutting the sheets to the right dimensions, you need to attach the siding to the side wall frames. As you can see in the diagram, you need to inset the siding 1 1/2″ from the top edges. Use 6-8d nails to secure the sheets to the framing, every 8″.
Cut the panels for the back wall from T1-11 siding and then attach them to the back of the shed, 1 1/2″ inset from the top plates. Use 6-8d nails to secure the sheets into place tightly, every 8″ along the framing.
Cut the panels for the front wall, using the information from the diagram. Use a circular saw to make the cuts to the panels and then attach them into place with 6-8d nails, every 8″.
Leave no gaps between the sheets and insert them 1 1/2″ from the top plate.
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