This step by step diy woodworking project is about 12×18 horse shelter plans. The project features instructions for building a a large run-in shed, that can accommodate up to three horses. If you want to build a basic shelter for your horses or for storing other items, take a look over this project, as well as over PART 2 of the article. Make sure you check out the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Free Run in Shed Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 216″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 10 pieces – 80 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 161″ long, 10 pieces – 80 1/2 long BACK WALL
- D – 1 piece – 134 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 139″ long, 1 piece – 2 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 8 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 14 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 21″ long, 1 piece – 27″ long, 1 piece – 33″ long 2xTOP SIDE WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×10 lumber – 216″ long, 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 114″ long BEAMS
- F – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x84″ long, 1 piece – 24″x84″ long SIDING
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 18′
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 18′
- 34 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 2×10 lumber – 18′
- 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 200 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws/brad nails
Building a 12×18 run in shed
The first step of the project is to build the side walls for the run in shed. Use 2×4 lumber to build the components. Drill pilot oles through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Alternatively, you can use a framing gun. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the corners are square.
Fit the side walls to the 4×4 skids. Use 2×4 temporary braces to lock the wall frames to the skids. Use 3 1/2″ screws to lock the walls to the skids. Make sure the walls are plumb, by using a spirit level.
Assemble the back wall, using the same techniques described above. Make sure you space the studs as shown in the plans.
Fit the back walls to the structure, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plate and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the skids. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together using 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the top side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions, following the instructions from the plans. Cut the top of the studs at 75.5 degrees using a miter saw. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Fit the top frames to the side walls, as shown in the plans. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the bottom plate of the lean to frames and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the support walls.
Next, attach the 2×10 beam to the front of the run in shed. Use a spirit level to check if the beam is perfectly horizontal. Use 3″ lag screws to lock the beam to the top frames.
Next, attach 2×6 beams to the front of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the beams. In addition, check if the corners are square for a professional result.
Use pieces of 2×6 lumber to lock the middle support into place. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place.
Attach T1-11 siding sheets to the back of the run in shed. Use 1 5/8″ screws/nails to lock the sheets to the framing, every 8″ along the studs and plates. Leave no gaps between the sheets.
Make sure you check out PART 2 of the project, to learn more about building the roof for the 12×18 shed.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Check out the rest of the project, to learn how to build the roof for the run in shed.
This woodworking project was about 12×18 free run in shelter 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.