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Project by kiefer posted 06-13-2011 05:40 AM 8252 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my idea of a very easy to build and also very efficient space saving way to build a small shed.
After looking at metal vinyl and the common sheds build with stud walls I decided to give my idea a try.
My wife wanted a bit more privacy for our fire pit patio and I wanted the lawn mower ETC. out of the garage.
I started with a pressure treated 2×4” frame 10×3 foot for the base and build the walls out of 1/2” sheathing
plywood reinforcing the seams with a 6” plywood strip glued and stapled ,then I applied 1” strips and 1×4” spruce boards to give it a board and batten rustic look .
The door opening is reinforced with a couple 2×4” and the rafters are 2×4” with a plywood gusset plate on both sides at the peak
to give strength .

The rafters are notched into the wall and held in place with metal rafter clips and glued and screwed in place.
The roof sheathing is 1/2” plywood covered with tar paper and rubber shakes a roofing company had left over from a project.
For the doors I used a piece of 1/2 ” plywood and 1×6” spruce on both sides to make a frame and panel look set of doors holding it all together with construction adhesive and staples .
The doors are on heavy gate hinges repainted brown to match the the small garden fence around our flower beds and a simple slide bolt at the top holds the doors closed and out of reach of the little grand kids .
The floor is concrete mixed in the wheel barrel and holds this shed down real nice .
This was a fun project to build in the shop and simple to move in place by dismantling it and reassembling it in place then putting on the shakes .
For the outside finish i used my belt sander to roughen up the plywood and battens to give it a rough sawn look and a coat of stain.

I also made a small lattice for a clematis on the gable end by simply adding 1×1” strips on the battens .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 06:18 AM

Excellent job, kiefer. Like the brick work in front and the rustic look it has. Good touch on finishing the inside.

-- Deeds not Words.

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 07:38 AM

Nice job, but the wood need to be up above the ground a bit or you will get termites ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 11:38 AM

Nice job.

It’s not often that a belt sander is used to roughen surfaces, but if it works . . . . . . !

It seems that it is already starting to prove the old adage:

’Stuff’ accumulates to fill available space

and there will soon be no room left inside LOL

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 01:53 PM

Looks good, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 06-13-2011 04:35 PM

nice. but later on you wish you would have made it just a bit bigger… surprising how fast they fill up…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 06-13-2011 04:39 PM

Nicely done. Especially like all the finishing touches. You prove that sheds can be beautiful too!

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 01:58 AM

First of a thanks for your comments !
Harry yes I like the rustic look too
Topo thanks for the advice but we don’t have any termites or things like that .
Don I hope you are wrong on filling this shed with junk I have been getting rid of stuff I don’t use and feel better for it.
Al no I don’t want anything bigger just less junk . That is the idea
Bob yes I like this shed and am proud of it because the cost is low and it fits nicely in the yard along with the arbors I recently added .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 06:01 AM

You are lucky!! If you lay a piece of wood on the ground here, you have them inside 30 minutes ;-(( Well, maybe a little longer, but they are coming for you!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 06-14-2011 06:23 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 04:44 PM


Looking through your projects. Sort of a calmness about the stuff you do. a little bigger and you could have a tea room?

I’m going to rethink the exteriors of two sheds I have buit. And add the nice touches that you have. I used a fir plywood floor w/the shed on posts and concrete pads, and the last I decided on concrete. I Hind site is 20/20 and I can walk backwards now! LOL

If you don’t want to keep the shed for a long time leave it as is. Nature will win. :) But maybe you want the wabi-sabi look in time? I didn’t take water seriously and I have had to rebuild the frame on a new door as it wicked water. Took some time to also cover the area above the door with a patio style roof, to move the water away.

I am truely envious about your ability to simplify your life. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 04:45 PM

Oh yeah Really like your doors! How long to build the shed?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 01:16 AM

Thanks Thomas
The shed took about a week of off and on to build including the patio .
My wife pulled a muscle and wound up in the hospital and I was on my own .
The shed has stood up very well and I enjoy the extra room in the garage/shop.
My doors have stood up well and by overlaying both inside and outside there is no warpage .
Pouring a concrete floor also made it more sturdy in the strong winds we get during the year.
The board and batten exterior has the nice benefit to add a easy trellis for climbing plants .


-- Kiefer

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