Complete DIY Shed Building Guide

Step by step guide to building a shed

Almost 2 years ago now I built my own little hide away in my back garden, and after many of my friends and family commenting on how good it turned out, I was actually asked to build one for a friend of a friend.

how to build a shed image 1I had already started my website here, so I asked if he would mind if I took photo’s and document the build for DIY-WoodWorking.com, and thankfully he said go for it.

So I hope this little shed building guide helps you in some way, as I really had fun doing it.

Tools needed to build your own garden shed

In general most of the tools required to build a shed, you may already have yourself or you may have a friend who can loan them to you.

tools-you-will-needWhat tools you’ll need:

  • A claw hammer
  • A spirit level
  • A sharp hand saw
  • A chalk line
  • A tape measure
  • A rafter square
  • A drill (a cordless one is much handier)
  • A miter saw
  • A reciprocating saw
  • A jig saw

Here’s the list of materials I used for the job

General build materials (this may vary depending on the size your going for)

  • 2- 4×4 Treated Pine 8′- Skids
  • 2- 2×4 Treated Pine 8′- Bands
  • 7- 2×4 Treated Pine 93″- Floor Joists
  • 2- 3/4″ Plywood 4×8- Floor Decking
  • 4- 2×4 Pine 8′- Plates
  • 10- 2×4 Pine 43″- Wall Studs
  • 20- 2×4 Pine 36″- Rafters (22 1/2 deg each end)
  • 4- 1/2″ siding 4×4- Siding for side walls
  • 4- 1/2″ siding 4×8- Siding for end walls
  • 4- 2×6 trim ( cut to length 22 1/2 deg each end)
  • 4- 1×6 trim ( cut to length 22 1/2 deg each end)
  • 4- 1/2″ Plywood 36″ x 8′- Roof Decking
  • 4- bundles 3-tab shingles
  • Roofing 1 roll 15# felt Roof under layment
  • 8- 1×3 x42 1/2″- Outside Corner Trim
  • 24- Gusset’s
  • 1- 2×4 Pine 57″- Lintel
  • 1- 2×4 Pine 48″- Header
  • 1- 4″ Hasp
  • lbs- 12d common nails
  • 3 lbs- 6d common nails
  • 2 lbs- roof tacks

Door materials I used

  • 2- 2×4 Pine 74″- Jambs
  • 4- 2×4 Pine 74″- Uprights
  • 4- 2×4 Pine 16 3/4″- Stiles
  • 2- 2×6 Pine 16 3/4″- Base
  • 16- Corner Blocks
  • 2 Pair- 4″ Butt Hinges

I spent under $600 on all the materials I needed, and I was fairly happy with that.

Tip: Always make sure that when your buying building materials, especially in bulk like this, that you shop around. As you’d be surprised how much money you can save by doing this.

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