This step by step woodworking project is about free 8×16 gable shed plans. This is PART 2 of the storage shed project, where I show you how to build the roof for the structure. Building a gable roof for a garden shed is not difficult, if you use the right framing techniques and quality materials. 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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8×16 Gable Shed Roof Plans
- H – 4 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 48″x27 3/4″ long GABLE ENDS
- I – 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 66″ long, 1 pieces – 92 1/2″ long 9xTRUSS
- I – 4 pieces – 10 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/4″ long GABLE END SUPPORTS
- I – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 38″ long SUPPORTS
- J – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 66″ long, 24 pieces – 7″ long OVERHANGS
- K – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 10 3/4″x64″ long, 4 pieces – 16″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 16″x96″ long ROOF
- L – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 68″ long, 2 pieces – 213 1/4″ long TRIMS
- M – 250 sq ft of tar paper, 250 ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 36 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 6d nails
- rafter ties
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- 250 sq ft of tar paper, 250 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 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 8×16 gable shed roof
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the gable shed. Make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the 2×4 beams. In addition, as you can easily notice in the plans, you need to make the birdsmouth cuts to the rafters, so you can fit them into place tightly.
Lay the rafters on level surface and then add the bottom rafter, after cutting it at the proper size and angles. Leave no gaps between the rafters for a professional result.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the gussets. Mark the cut lines on the 1/2″ plywood and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges smooth with sandpaper. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the gussets to the trusses.
Fit the trusses to the top of the shed, every 24″ on center. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to use a spirit level to plumb the trusses. Use rafter ties to lock the trusses to the frame properly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the gable end supports. Make angle cuts to the supports and then drill pocket holes at both ends. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports into place tightly.
Cut the sheets for the gable ends at the right dimensions and shapes. Align the edges flush and use 6-8d nails to secure the sheets into place, every 8″.
Assembling the overhangs for the gable roof is a straight forward job. Cut the rafters and then the blockings. You can adjust the size of the blockings by cutting the blockings shorter or longer. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 3 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.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood to the top of the gable shed. Cut the sheets to the dimensions shown in the diagram. Fit the sheets to the rafters, leaving no gaps between them. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the sheets into place tightly.
Use 1×6 lumber for the front and back trims. Make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the trims. Smooth the edges flush.
Fit the trims to the front and to the sides of the shed. Use 2″ brad nails to lock the trims into place.
The next step of the woodworking project is to cover the roof with felt. As you can see in the image, you need to make sure the strips of roofing felt overlap at least 2”. In addition, you have to lock the tar paper to the plywood sheets with staples.
Next, you should install the shingles to the roof of the large shed. Start with the bottom of the roof, by fitting the first course, as in the image. Use roofing tacks to secure the shingles to the roofing sheets.
Start the first course with a full tab, the second with 2 1/2 tabs, the third with 2 tabs, the forth with 1 1/2 tabs, the fifth with 1 tab, the sixth with half tab and the seventh with a 3 tabs. Secure the shingles with roofing tacks.
If you want to build the frame for this storage shed, you should check out PART 1 of the project. Make sure you take a look over PART 3 of the shed, to see how to build the double doors and how to attach the trims. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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