Building My First Workshop/Shed #1: Plans and Material

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Blog entry by KylesWoodworking posted 03-12-2012 01:11 AM 11959 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I do woodworking about every day and have to work on my porch and my bedroom, I decide I would build a nice little 10’x12’ shed to use as my very own workshop. I know what everyone is going to say, “you should make it bigger” or ” you are going to wish it was bigger.” Of course I would want it bigger, but due to the cost and me being only 18 and living at my parents house, I decided to make it 10’x12’. I designed the rough plans on Google SketchUp:

I designed it to have a 36” door in the front and two windows on the sides. The floor is going to be pressure treated 2×6 joist 16” O.C., the walls are going to be 2×4 studs 24” O.C., as well as the roof.

Yesterday I got enough lumber to do the floor, and stud the walls. It was enough to weigh down the bed of my sisters truck by a few inches:

I only got to work on it for a few hours today, but here is the progress I got with the floor:

Also, I am think of using T1-11 for siding. Anyone know of a cheaper option? I think vinyl siding is more expensive and more work but I’m not sure. Is there any other options?


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#1 posted 03-12-2012 01:28 AM

Couple of thoughts, Kyle.

I think I would put a couple of more concrete footer posts under the center floor joists to help with the weight of any equipment you might put in the shop. This is especially true at you entrance. A lot of weight will go in and out there.

T-1 should work OK. Don’t do what I did and use OSB. Even painted, it swells, buckles and falls apart over time. As for costs of vinyl, you might get lucky at a local distributor in finding some closeout styles.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 01:45 AM

Thanks Lew,

I was thinking about adding at least one more footer in the center.

Also, I work at a home supply center and could probably get cheaper surplus colors that we have, but I think in the end that it would be easier to put up a few sheets of T1-11 than doing vinyl siding.

I also got 2 free used windows and a discounted steel door at work.



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#3 posted 03-12-2012 02:36 AM

if you do vinyl you don’t have to paint or ever paint

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 02:40 AM


That is true, thanks for giving me another thing to think about.



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#5 posted 03-12-2012 12:47 PM

you’re on the right track. I agree with Lew about the floor. have fun with the build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 03-13-2012 12:48 AM

My 2.5 cents worth LOL. Have built a couple of buildings in my time. Remember to do a vapor barrier no matter what your foundation is. Check your building site for drainage. Do you live in northern or southern region? Do you have close nieghbors? Are you going to have electricity to the building? Will noise be an issue if you work at night?

Yes it will be too small, never enough room. Might consider wood storage issues. I built a small shed with site limitations, and now I have to extend it. LOL! You may want to build it with the idea that you will extend the building?

Saw a great shed project on LJ’s. Plywood, painted with a board and batten exterior. Often on sale. You make sure you get better than three ply. You need enough overhang for rain run off and shade.

Use 2×6 construction if possible, especially the roof if you don’t have a large pitch and there is lots of snow as here in MN.

Be patient. LOL waiting until you can make it the size you will be happy with is paramount.

I rehabed a small animal barn. Saved money. But even though it has four rooms I would kill for a three car garage to be able to store my materials and have space around my table saw. hey I have so much hindsight I walk backwards. LOL!

It is your choice. Tink ahead???? or walk with your behind out front. LOL!

good luck.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-13-2012 12:49 AM

Let us know how it goes. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 02:13 AM


You have given me some great questions to think about. I already thought about some of them, but some of these will help me as I am building this.



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#9 posted 03-16-2012 12:58 AM

Are you planning to insulate this little building?

If you are, you can layout your joists to insert rigid foam down between them. Leave a 3/4” gap between between the insulation and your floor for an air lock.

You will need to skirt your building to keep the varmits out and put some Decon under there each and every fall. The mice will find a way in.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 01-01-2014 09:20 PM

Did you buy any plans? I am thinking about building a similar shed/cabin but don’t know where I should buy some plans. Do you have any experience with this site: pinuphouses? Your shed is really nice, where did you by such useful fundations?

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