This step by step diy project is about horse shed plans. I have designed this 8×12 loafing shed so you can keep a few horses protected from the elements. This shed has a lean to roof that is forward oriented, so it drains the water properly. Read the local building codes to understand what are the requirements you need to comply with. Select a nice location for the horse shed, making sure the surface is perfectly level and stable. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
Horse Shed Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 80″ lomg 2xSIDE WALL
- C – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 9 pieces – 113 3/4″ long, 8 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 19 3/4″ long BACK WALL
- D – 2 piece of 2×8 lumber – 144″ long BEAMS
- F – 3 pieces of T1-11 siding – 83″x33 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 33 3/4″x48″ long WALLS
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8″
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 17 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of T1-11 siding
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: Horse shed plans
- PART 2: Horse shed roof plans
Building a horse shed
The first step of the project is to build the base for the horse shed. Therefore, I recommend you to cut the beams from 4×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines at both ends of the beams and get the job done with a circular saw. Make parallel cuts and then remove the excess with a damp cloth. Clean the recess with sandpaper.
The next step of the project is to lock the 4×4 beams together tightly, as in the plans. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are perfectly flush. Add glue to the joints, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly.
Assemble the back wall for the shed using 2×4 lumber. Cut all the components at the dimensions indicated in the plans and then drill pilot holes through the plates. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and make sure the edges are flush. Fit the horizontal supports to the back wall with screws, after drill pilot holes.
Build the side walls using the same techniques described above. Cut all the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and check if the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure everything together tightly.
Fit the walls to the base of the shed. Align the edges flush and use a spirit level to plumb the walls. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws, every 8″, so you lock the walls into place tightly.
Build the 2×8 front beams for the shed, so you can enhance the rigidity of the structure. Cut notches at both ends of the 2×8 beams, so you can secure it to the interior of the shed front.
Fit the beams to the front face of the horse shed and clamp them into place tightly. Use a spirit level to check if the beams are horizontal. Check if the corners are square and drill pilot holes through the components. Then insert 3″ carriage bolts to secure the beams to the studs.
Attach the T1-11 siding panels to the back of the horse shed. Cut the sheets at the right dimensions and align them into place with attention. Use 4d nails to secure the panels into place tightly, by inserting them every 8″ along the framing.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few days without much effort. This lean to run in shed has a super simple design, but it is roomy enough for a few horses. In addition, you can use the shed for storing other items you need to protect them from the elements. Make sure you read PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof for the run in shed.
This woodworking project was about horse 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.