This step by step woodworking project is about free short shed plans. If you need additional storage space, but you don’t put a priority on design, this simple short shed is the ideal choice for you. 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
Free Short Shed Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long, 10 pieces – 93″ long FRAME
- C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 9 pieces – 57″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long FRONT WALL
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12′
- 10 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 14 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 6 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 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
Building a short 8×12 shed
Build the floor for the shed from 2×4 or 2×6 lumber. Cut the joists at 144″ and at 93″ using a sharp saw. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the edges are flush.
Attach 4×4 skids to the floor frame, so you can lift the shed from the ground and protect it from moisture. Drill pilot holes through the joists and insert 4 1/2″ screws into the skids.
Attach 3/4′ plywood sheets to the floor frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the sheets into the joists.
Build the side walls for the frame from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to double the studs placed at both ends of the frame. Place 1/2″ plywood between the double studs.
Frame the front wall, making sure you leave enough room for the door opening. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. You can adjust the width of the door, so it suits your needs.
Frame the back wall in the same manner described above.
Fit the walls to the shed floor, aligning the edges flush. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls and then lock the adjacent walls together tightly with with screws.
Attach 5/8″ T1-11 siding to the exterior of the side wall frames. Align the edges with the top of the side walls and use 6d nails to secure the sheets into place tightly. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a neat result.
If you want to build the roof and the door for this shed, make sure you take a look over PART 2. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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