12×6 Shed – Free DIY Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 12×6 shed plans. This small shed with a gable roof is simple to build, as sit features a basic design. You will have an easy access to the interior of the shed, using the man side door and the double front doors. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Remember that you need to select the site for the shed with attention and that you have to comply with a few legal regulations.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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12×6 Shed – Free DIY Plans

Building a 12x6 shed

Building a 12×6 shed

 

  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long, 10 pieces – 69″ long FRAME
  • C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 9 pieces – 79 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • E– 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 1 piece – 144″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 74″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 75″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 65″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 74″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 51″ long SIDE WALL
  • G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
  • G – 7 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x86″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x86″ long, 1 piece – 8 1/2″x48″ long SIDING

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How to build a 12×6 gable shed

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 12×6 shed. Therefore, you have to cut all the joists from 2×6 lumber. Lay all the joists on a level surface and drill pilot holes through the rim beams. Insert 3 1/2″ screws through the rim joists into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Fitting the skids

Fitting the skids

Select the location for the shed, making sure you also read and comply with the local building codes. Remove the vegetation layer and then compact a thick layer of gravel. Level the soil thoroughly for a professional result. Lay the 4×4 skids to the  ground and then fit the floor frame. Align the edges flush and use rafter ties to lock the skids to the floor frame tightly.

Fitting the floor sheets

Fitting the floor sheets

Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame, using the pattern show in the plans. Align the edges flush and leave no gaps between the sheets. Insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the joists, for a professional result.

Front wall frame

Front wall frame

Assemble the front wall frame from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs to lock everything together tightly. Frame the double door opening for the shed using the information from the diagram. Use 2×6 lumber for the double header. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the 2×6 beams and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the double header together tightly.

Back wall frame

Back wall frame

Frame the back wall for the shed from 2×4 lumber. Cut the studs and the plates at the right dimensions and then lock them together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Side wall with door frame

Side wall with door frame

Build the side wall with door for the shed from 2×4 lumber. Cut the studs and the plates at the right dimensions, as seen the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. As you can see in the plans, you need to place double studs to both ends of the walls, so you add strength to the structure. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the double studs.

Use 2×6 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the double header. Add the double header to the door opening and lock it into place with screws.

Side wall frame

Side wall frame

Frame the opposite side wall for the shed, using the information from the diagram. Cut all the components from 2×4 lumber and then assemble everything together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align everything with attention tightly.

Assembling the shed frame

Assembling the shed frame

Fit the four wall frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush and then plumb them vertically with a spirit level. Plumb the wall frames vertically, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly for a professional result.

Side wall siding panels

Side wall siding panels

Cut the siding panels for the sides, at the dimensions shown in the diagram or in the cut list. Fit the T1-11 siding panels to the side walls of the shed. Use 6-8d nails to secure the panels to the framing tightly. Insert the nails every 8″ along the framing and leave no gaps between the panels.

Side wall with door siding panels

Side wall with door siding panels

Fit the siding sheets to the opposite side of the shed. Use a circular saw to cut out the door opening and then align the edges flush. Insert 6-8d nails along the framing, so you can lock the sheets into place tightly.

Front wall siding sheets

Front wall siding sheets

Make cuts to the T1-11 siding panels that go around the front double doors opening. Use 6-8d nails to lock the siding sheets into place tightly, every 8″ along the framing.

Back wall siding sheets

Back wall siding sheets

Fit the T1-11 siding to the back wall of the storage shed, in the same manner described above. Align the sheets to the top edge of the wall frame and insert 6-8d nails.

12x6 Shed Plans - Free DIY Plans

12×6 Shed Plans – Free DIY Plans

Check out PART 2 of the 12×6 shed project, so you learn how to frame the gable roof. In PART 3 I show you how to build the door and attach the trims.

12x6 Shed Plans

12×6 Shed Plans

This 12×6 shed features a compact space for storing items (bikes, lawn mower, tools and so on) and a neat design. In order to have a super easy access to the interior, I have added a single door to the side and double doors to the front.

 

 

This woodworking project was about 12×6 shed plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

 

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