6×8 Gable Shed Roof Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 6×8 shed roof plans. This is PART 2 of the 6×8 gable shed project, where I show you how to build the trusses and install the roofing. You can easily adjust the size of the overhangs to suit your needs. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

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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6×8 Gable Shed Roof Plans

Building a 6x8 shed

Building a 6×8 shed

 

  • G – 4 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 25 1/4″x36″ long GABLE ENDS
  • H – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 14 pieces – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 17 3/4″ long TRUSSES
  • I – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 108″ long ROOF SUPPORTS
  • J – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 21 3/4″ long BLOCKINGS
  • – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x55 1/2″ long ROOF
  • L – 80 sq ft of roofing felt, 80 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING

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Building a gable shed roof

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the 6×8 shed. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, using the information from the diagram. Cut one end of the rafters at 60 degrees and smooth the edges with sandpaper.

As you can easily notice in the plans, you also need to make two notches to the rafters, so you can install the roof supports and create the side overhangs. Mark the cut areas and make parallel cuts with a circular saw. Remove the excess with a chisel and smooth the notches with sandpaper.

Building the bottom rafters

Building the bottom rafters

Build the bottom rafters for the shed using 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the piece of lumber and cut both ends at 30 degrees using a miter saw.

Fitting the top gusset

Fitting the top gusset

Assembling the trusses for the 6×8 shed is a straight forward job of you take accurate measurements. Cut a 3/4″ gusset for the top of the trusses and lock it into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Use metal plates to secure the rest of the joints, after taking accurate measurements.

Fitting the trusses

Fitting the trusses

Fit the trusses to the top of the shed. Place the trusses equally spaced, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the trusses and lock them to the top plates of the walls using rafter ties.

Fitting the roof blockings

Fitting the roof blockings

In order to seal the roof of the shed, you have to install 2×6 blockings between the rafters. Fit the pieces of lumber to the top plates and toe nail them to the rafters using 8d nails. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.

Fitting the gable ends supports

Fitting the gable ends supports

Next, you need to install 2×4 supports to the gable ends of the shed. Cut the supports at the right dimensions and secure them into place with 8d nails.

Building the gable ends

Building the gable ends

Build the gable ends from 5/8″ T1-11 siding, using the information from the diagram. Mark the cut lines on the panels and get the job done with a saw. Use 8d galvanized nails to secure the siding panels to the framing.

Fitting the roof supports

Fitting the roof supports

Continue the project by fitting the 2×4 supports to the roof of the shed. Center the supports into place, drill pilot holes and lock them to the rafters using 2 1/2″ screws.

Building the side trims

Building the side trims

Build the side trims from 2×4 lumber. Cut one end of the trims at 60 degrees and secure them to the supports using 8 d nails. Leave no gaps between the trims and the supports.

Fitting the roofing sheets

Fitting the roofing sheets

Fit 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and secure the sheets to the rafters every 8″ using 1 5/8″ screws.

Fitting the side trims

Fitting the side trims

Fit 1×6 trims to the front and to the back of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Use 1 1/2″ brad nails to secure the trims into place tightly.

Fitting the roofing

Fitting the roofing

Cover the roof of the shed with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a 12″ piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.

6x8 Shed Plans

6×8 Shed Plans

This shed with gable roof is the perfect addition to any garden, if you need more storage space for your tools and furniture. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 1 of the project, so you learn how to build the frame of the shed. In PART 3 you will see how to build the door and the ramp for this shed. If you build these, I would love to see your project.

 

 

This woodworking project was about 6×8 shed roof plans. 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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