4×4 Shed Roof Plans

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This step by step project is about 4×4 shed roof plans. After building the frame of the small storage shed, we recommend you to continue the backyard project by attaching the rafters and the front door to the structure. Work with attention and adjust the slope of the roof to suit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the shed projects featured on our site, if you want to consider other shapes or shed designs.

There are several aspects that any person should take into account before starting the woodworking project. First of all, you need to use weather-resistant lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components, if you want to lock them together tightly. In addition, add wood glue to the joints and check if the corners are right-angled. Plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to get a professional result.

 

 

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4×4 Shed Roof Plans

Building a small garden shed

Building a small garden shed

 

  • H – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 34 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 9 3/4″ long, 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long RAFTERS
  • I – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 35 1/4″ long, 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 2 1/2″ long OVERHANGS
  • J – 2 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 35 1/4″x60″ long ROOFING’
  • K – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 36″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long, 1 piece – 29″ long, 1 piece of 5/8″ – 36″x79″long DOOR
  • L – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 79″ long, 1 piece – 43″ long JAMBS
  • M – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 60″ long TRIMS

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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Building a shed roof

Installing the top ridge

Installing the top ridge

The first step of the second part of the project is to install the top ridge to the structure of the shed. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to build the supports out of 2×4 lumber and the top ridge out of 2×6 lumber.

Cut the components at the right size and secure them to the top plates. Use a spirit level to plumb the supports and to make sure the top ridge is perfectly horizontal. 

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Next, you need to build the rafters for the small shed roof. As you can easily see in the diagram, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on the 2×4 slats and to get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a vacuum.

One end of the rafters at 60 degrees, by using a good miter saw. Make notches in the rafter, as in the diagram.   

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

The next step of the project is to fit the wooden rafters to the top ridge and to the top plates of the shed. Install the rafters into place, making sure they are equally-spaced and leave no gaps between the components. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and secure them to the top ridge and to the plates, by inserting 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.

Align the components with attention, checking if the edges are flush.

Building the overhangs

Building the overhangs

If you want to add character to your shed project and to protect the front and back walls from water damage, you need to build overhangs. Build the rafters for the overhangs out of 2×4 lumber, by cutting one end at 60 degrees. In addition, cut the blockings out of 2×4 lumber, adjusting their size to fit your needs.

Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the blockings. Make sure the edges are flush.    

Installing the overhang

Installing the overhang

After assembling the overhangs, we recommend you to attach them to the front and to back faces of the 4×4 shed. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the structure of the roof. It is essential to leave no gaps between the components and to make sure the edges are flush.

Repeat the process for the opposite side of the shed, using the same techniques described above.

Fitting the roofing sheets

Fitting the roofing sheets

The next step of the outdoor woodworking project is to attach the plywood sheets to the roofing structure. Cut the roofing sheets out of 3/4″ plywood and lay them to the rafters, as described in the diagram. Make sure the edges are flush.

Drill pilot holes through the plywood sheets and insert 1 1/4″ nails/screws into the rafters. Leave no gaps between the components.

Fitting the rafter trims

Fitting the rafter trims

If you want to make your shed stand out and give it a neat appearance, you should fit 1/4″ trims to the ends of the rafters. Cut the trims at the right size and secure them to the rafters by using 1 1/4″ nails. Add glue to the joints in order to get a professional result.

In addition, attach 1/4″ plywood soffit to the shed roof, in order to hide the rafters. Secure the soffit into place  with finishing nails.

Attaching the roofing

Attaching the roofing

In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to cover the roofing sheets with tar paper. Install the tar paper starting with the bottom of the roof and make sure the strips overlap for at least 2″. In addition, fit a 12” strip over the top ridge.

Install the shingles starting with the left- bottom of the roof, after fitting the starting course. See more about fitting the shingles here. Use roofing tacks to secure the shingles into place.

Building the shed door

Building the shed door

Building the garden sheds door is a straight forward process. Build the frame out of 1×4 lumber, following the instructions in the diagram. Make sure you secure the frame components together, by using pocket holes and screws.

Use the piece of siding that you have cut it out in the previous steps. Make sure the edges are flush and insert 1 1/4″ nails through the frame into the panel. Add glue to the joints.

Fitting the door

Fitting the door

Build the door jambs out of 1×4 lumber, making sure you cut the components at the right size. Attach the door jambs around the door, checking if the edges are perfectly flush. Leave no gaps between the components and insert 2″ finishing nails into the studs.

Secure the hinges to the door and fit it inside the opening. Next, lock the hinges to the door jambs by using galvanized screws. Install a door latch to close it properly overnight.  

Small storage shed plans

Small storage shed plans

Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and let the compound to dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper along the wood grain.

Top Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the 4×4 shed and to protect the components from decay. Check out the rest of the projects to see how to build the frame of the 4×4 shed.

 

 

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  1. Mickey at - Reply

    I cut my first rafter at 60* and it’s not even close after cutting out the birdsmouth with the given measurements.

    • Julian at -

      I dont’t think you made the right cuts to to the rafters. I’ve looked over the plans and the diagrams are correct. Cutting one end of the rafters at 60 degrees means that you need to make an actual 30 degree cut to the rafters.

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