Lean-To 6'x12' shed

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Project by Holbs posted 10-07-2018 01:17 AM 1615 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was running out of real estate in my 2 car garage shop and needed to come up with ideas to get some it back. Among other things, I decided to build an outdoor lumber storage/utility shed. Originally, I was going to just go for a 4’x8’ shed but thought of the hardwood lumber I buy in 8’-10’ range and other things. So, went bigger with a 12’x6’. Opted for a lean-to instead of gabled due to more interior storage area.
This was a learning experience of a project. Purchased shed plans from iCreatables which along with their YouTube videos, really helped from start to finish. I would give 4 outta 5 stars for the plans as the project plans were more geared towards double front door instead of what I went with in a single end door.
Had to dig 4” into the clay dirt for the 1 ton of gravel. Initially, I had the shed foundation 2 feet from the house. After talking to city inspectors, 3 feet from house was the local code. Glad I found out at that stage instead of later. Shovels were ok at first, but a pickaxe really helped to break up the dirt. Never really did carpentry framing before. Thought I could do it all with just a hammer. Ug. I quickly bought a well respected & reviewed framing nail gun, though not the Porter Cable name brand and price tag, but a Numax nailing gun. Thankfully, I did :)
Went with barnwood siding panels. Not much in terms of shear strength as OSB or thicker siding panels, but for $9 a 4’x8’ sheet (they were on sale) instead of $35 a sheet, I’m happy. I am comfortable using the barnwood panels on a shed, but I wouldn’t use on a house. To help with squaring the walls to each other, I used a ratcheting cargo strap. Worked great!
Again, the framing nailer really saved the day here as well. Lots and lots of nails into those panels!
I decided not to use my woodworking Capspray 4 turbine HVLP sprayer to paint the shed. Opted for a dedicated paint sprayer and went with the Homeright HVLP sprayer. Did a great job, faster than a paint roller and used less paint.
First time installing asphalt tiles and I think it came out AOK.
For the interior, I used 15 1/2” long 2×4’s on every stud (8 studs in length at 16” on center wall) to give me 12” of racking space. Screwed 4 3” long deck screws for each 2×4…and (unsure if it helps or not) glued each shelving 2×4 to the wall stud. After 4 days of dry time, I was able to hang my full body weight off 1 2×4, though I wouldn’t want to jiggle up and down.
Installed 4’ wire shelving on the 2×4’s for short pieces along the back, and 2 more rows 8’ long on the right side. This leaves me real estate for full sized plywood sheets and cutoffs.
Along the roof rafters is where I keep my rakes, shovels, garden tools.
I’m glad I did this project. All done solo, with no help. Adds to house value and my own woodworking/garden storage needs. And, actually needed the experience for framing due to some folks want me to build dog houses :)
Good bye to my little 4’ mobile lumber cart. You served me well.
I would guess the price tag of it all would come in around $1100-$1300.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 10-07-2018 04:06 AM

Looks good, unable to see shingles to pass judgement:)
I would hang a 1/4 moon crescent on the door to mess people’s minds!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 10-07-2018 03:01 PM

This shed looks great, really well thought out, built, and finished.

We have a great shed also, but it is for the exclusive use of my wife, not me. Ours is 9×12 with a traditional roof that provides about 8-9 ft inside at the peak. But its foundation just sits on the ground. I’m not sure what I would have done with a ton of gravel, so I would like to know how that was used.

Reading this also makes me thankful to live in a place that is not overrun with inspection requirements. We did not have to get any approvals or permits to build ours.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#3 posted 10-07-2018 05:21 PM

I was curious what a shed would cost and the construction value at a local BORG. As I said above…I put in roughly $1200 into this shed. 2×4’s, 16” on center, drip edges, headers and strong framing. Glad I did this project with quality and long-term in mind.
Not so at the BORG.
1×3’s with 24” on center, missing bottom plates, drip edges, not much structure around swing out door.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 10-07-2018 06:37 PM

Stellar job on the building of the outdoor shed…..It looks really good, and you did good…..I’ve followed your build from the get-go when you would post about it….Finally got ‘er done with the build….Now it’s time to fill’er up with stuff…..You can put your stuff in there so you can go get more stuff….:))

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 10-07-2018 10:42 PM

Congrats! Good looking shed. Time to fill’er up.

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#6 posted 10-08-2018 01:30 PM

Great job on the building. I’ve watched u along the way and I’m sure ur glad it’s done just in time for the temps to start cool down. lol
And yes a person can almost always build one cheaper than they can buy one (even the kit). Some of the buildings that Lowe’s sells they should really be ashamed of because they are build so so poorly

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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