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 allowing you to choose a wood or concrete base and shingles that match the paint scheme you choose. Kits vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and model to model. This one starts with the construction of the rear wall. Follow the directions that come with your kit.
- Building the floor
- Nail the rear crossbrace together
- Nail the outer studs in place
- Apply a wide panel
- Apply a narrow extension panel
- Nail in the gusset
- Nail in the extension brace
- Nail in the extension panel
- Nail in the inside brace and nail the doors in place
- Lay out the wall
- Position a side panel
- Nail the panel to the centre stud and top plate
- Nail the panel to the remaining studs
Building the floor
Once the slab has cured, lay out and attach the sills. Concrete screws are designed to anchor the sills securely into the slab. Drill a pilot hole slightly smaller than the size of the screw.
Nail the rear crossbrace together
The heart of the back wall framing in this shed is a T-shape assembly in the centre of the wall. Fit the two pieces together, and then nail them together with 2-inch nails.
Nail the outer studs in place
Measure to find where the outside studs are attached to the crossbrace. Nail each in place with 10d (3-inch) nails.
Apply a wide panel
The back wall is made of four panels: two wide panels and two narrow extension panels. Nail in one of the wide side panels as directed. On this shed, the panels stick out beyond the bottom of the framing, creating a flange that you'll nail to the floor framing later.
Apply a narrow extension panel
Put a narrow extension panel in place next to the wider panel. Prop an edge of the extension on a spare piece of framing to help support it while you nail. Repeat the process to cover the unpaneled section on the back wall.
Nail in the gusset
Lay one of the wide pieces on the ground. Support it with a wall extension brace on one side and a spare piece of framing on the other. Slide the gusset under the panel, positioning it as directed. Nail it in place.
Nail in the extension brace
Position the extension brace so half of it is under the panel and half of it is exposed. Make sure the panel overhangs the bottom of the brace as directed, and then nail the brace in place.
Nail in the extension panel
Put the extension panel over the brace and snug it up against the wide panel. Nail the extension panel to the gusset. Put the remaining wide panel in place so it overlaps the gusset and is tight against the first panel. Nail it to the gusset, then toenail through the trim to tie the two wide panels together. Nail in the remaining extension brace and attach the remaining extension panel as before.
Nail in the inside brace and nail the doors in place
On this shed, a crossbrace travels the width of the shed above the door to help support the front wall. Position the brace as directed and slip framing not yet in use under an edge to keep the panel from rocking. Nail the crossbrace in place. Position the doors as directed, and then screw temporary braces across the opening between them to prevent them from opening while you work.
Lay out the wall
Put the top plate on a flat surface and put a stud against it. (The exact location will depend on the make and model of your shed.) Put your foot on the stud and nail through the top plate into the stud. Attach the remaining studs, positioning them as directed.
Position a side panel
Put a side panel on the framing, positioning it as the manufacturer directs. On this shed, one edge of the panel is cut to lie on the corner of the shed; the other is cut to lie in the middle of the shed. The panel extends beyond the end of the top plate and below the bottom of the studs. These areas get nailed to other parts of the shed later. Double-check that everything is properly aligned.
Nail the panel to the centre stud and top plate
Nail the edge of the panel to the centre stud, leaving half the stud exposed. Nail the entire edge in place, spacing the nails as the manufacturer directs. When you're done, nail the top edge to the top plate.
Nail the panel to the remaining studs
Measure between the end of the centre stud and the next stud to make sure they're still properly spaced. Once you're sure, nail the panel to the stud. Repeat for any remaining studs. Put the remaining panels in place as directed, positioning them to get the proper overhang and making sure the corner edges are where they belong. Nail the paneling to the centre stud and top plate; check the position of the next stud, then nail the paneling to it. Repeat for the remaining panels until you've covered the framing. Click here for Building a Wood Shed Part 2.
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