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Building a Wood Shed - Part 1

Building a Wood Shed - Part 1

A shed is basically a small house with stud walls, windows, doors, and a roof. Shed kits are for do-it-yourselfers who want a shed without the hassle of building a house. The parts come pre-cut and ready to nail. Wood sheds include neither the floor, roofing, nor paint - ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 hours

Make a Hidden Storage Closet

Make a Hidden Storage Closet

Add a hidden storage closet by cutting a slanted door into a stairwell. Camouflage it by painting broad stripes across the entire wall. Trick the eye further by adding a strip of matching baseboard to the bottom of the door.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 days

Versatile Pine Shelf

Versatile Pine Shelf

Take just a few hours on the weekend or in the evening to put together this multi-purpose shelf that will help organize your hallway, bath or bedroom.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Building a Vinyl Shed

Building a Vinyl Shed

Vinyl sheds are the low-maintenance solution to your outdoor storage problems. The thick vinyl panels that make up the shed are durable and will neither rust nor rot. The colour you buy is the colour you get- no painting required.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 7 hours

Building Utility Shelves

Building Utility Shelves

Why take the time to build your own utility shelves when there are so many good off-the-shelf solutions to choose from? Well, for one thing, you can build this custom unit to fit the exact space you have available. And because you'll anchor it to the ceiling joists and the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Building a Subfloor

Building a Subfloor

Most shed kits don't come with a floor, so you have to decide what you want and build it yourself. If you're building on a concrete slab, a subfloor is optional: The concrete is its own subfloor. If you choose to build a subfloor over a concrete pad, anchor it to the ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 8 hours

Laying out a Shed

Laying out a Shed

Laying out a shed is the first part of building a shed, but before that, you need to plan. Does your municipality require you to set the shed back from the property line? Does it require a building permit? Is your site easy to access? Does it use space wisely? Think it through....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Roofing a Wood Shed

Roofing a Wood Shed

When it comes to keeping out water, roofing is an art. Most of this is done in layers: Roofing felt overlaps the sheathing, and shingles overlap the paper. Each row of shingles overlaps the one below, and a full shingle overlaps the joint between the sides of the shingles below...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Applying Trim, Hardware, and Paint To a Wood Shed

Applying Trim, Hardware, and Paint To a Wood Shed

Applying trim, hardware, and paint to your new wood shed are the finishing touches that will help your shed to last longer.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Constructing a Concrete Slab Foundation

Constructing a Concrete Slab Foundation

Though it isn't strictly necessary, a concrete slab makes the best foundation for your shed. Exactly how you build it varies. If your soil is firm, remove the grass and pour the slab on grade. If your soil is unstable, excavate and pour a gravel bed, compact it, and build...

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Skill: Intermediate

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Installing Concrete Footings with Fibre Forms

Installing Concrete Footings with Fibre Forms

Concrete footings provide a more stable foundation than skids. The footings support 4x6 pressure-treated timbers which are fastened to them with a metal bracket. The beams, in turn, support the shed. Lay out the shed, dig the site to a depth of 3 to 4 inches, and dig holes 10...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Build a Recycling Organizer

Build a Recycling Organizer

Tired of recycling boxes and bags cluttering up your garage or porch? Build an organizer that is not only functional but also elegant - and environmentally friendly, too. The one pictured here was constructed from FSC-certified lumber and plywood and painted with low-VOC paint....

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

 
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