How to build a saltbox shed

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a saltbox shed. If you want to learn how to build a saltbox shed, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article and to check out the related projects. There are many shed projects featured on our site, so don’t be afraid to browse through the rest of the woodworking plans.

In most of the cases, a building permit is required so make sure you go to the town hall and ask information about the legal requirements you have to comply with. In this manner, you will also find out useful details about your shed construction. When building the shed, you should make sure the plans are detailed and come with step by step instructions, as well as with a complete list of the materials.

It is essential to invest in high quality materials, that are also water-resistant, such as pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size by using a circular saw and smooth the cut edges with a sand block. Don’t forget to ask a skilled friend to assist you during the project, especially if you don’t have a large expertise in the field. You need someone to hold the components into place, while you drive the screws in.

 

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How to build a saltbox shed

Building a saltbox shed

Building a saltbox shed

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 117″ long FLOOR
  • B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x48″ long FLOORING
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×4 – 89″ long, 2 pieces – 92 1/2″, 14 pieces – 80″ SIDE WALLS
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 1 piece – 113″, 12 pieces – 80″ BACK WALL
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 10 piece – 90″, 4 pieces – 10″, 2 pieces – 76 1/2″, 2 pieces – 48″ FRONT WALL

 

Tools

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building a saltbox shed

Building the base of the saltbox shed

Building the base of the saltbox shed

 

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame of the saltbox shed. As you can easily notice in the image, we recommend you to cut the joists at the right size and to assemble them with 3 1/2″ galvanized screws. Drill pocket holes through the perimeter joists and insert the screws into the regular joists. Check if the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

Attaching the flooring

Attaching the flooring

 

The next step is to cut the plywood sheets at the right size and to attach them to the frame of the floor. Make sure you align the sheets at both ends before inserting the screws, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Drill pilot holes through the plywood sheets and insert the 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the joists.

 

Building the back wall

Building the back wall

 

Next, you need to assemble the back wall, using the information from the plans and to lock it to the floor with 3 1/2″ galvanized screws. It is essential to invest in high-quality lumber that is also weather-resistant, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

Building the side walls

Building the side walls

 

Continue the job by attaching the side walls, as shown in the plans. It is essential to assemble the side walls on a level surface, otherwise they might not fit into place. Pay attention to the top rails, as they ensure the rigidity of the structure.

 

Building the front wall

Building the front wall

 

Building the front walls is maybe the most complex step of the project, as it requires complex measurements and cuts. Work with great attention and make sure you frame the door in a professional manner. Use a spirit level to make sure the studs are perfectly plumb. Drill pilot holes in the rails before inserting the nails, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

Building the frame of the shed

Building the frame of the shed

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Use several braces to lock the walls together, otherwise they might move from position.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the shed. Check out the rest of the project to see how to attach the exterior siding and to build the roof.

 

 

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