This step by step diy project is about 10×8 gable shed plans. This small garden shed features a simple design so you can get the job done by yourself and save some money. The shed has one large side window and a 3′ wide door on the front, for easy access. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Read the local codes before building the project, so you comply with the 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
Projects made from these plans
10×8 Shed – Free DIY Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 10″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long, 9 pieces – 93″long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x48″ long FLOORING
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 113″ long, 1 piece – 120″ long, 10 pieces – 97″ long, 6 pieces – 3″ long, 6 pieces – 37″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 39″ long SIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 26 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long, 6 pieces – 87″ long, 3 pieces – 3″ long, 2 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 39″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 7 pieces – 87″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 1 piece – 113″ long, 11 pieces – 87″ long SIDE WALL
- G – 8 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x96″ long SIDING
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 12 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 48 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1/2″ plywood
- 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 9 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x96″
- 8d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- rafter ties
How to build a 10×8 garden shed
First of all, you need to build the floor frame for the shed. Use 2×6 lumber for the components. Cut the joists at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Place the joists every 16″ on center for a professional result.
Select the location for the shed, so it suit your needs and complies with the local building codes. Make sure you remove the vegetation and the level the surface thoroughly. Lay the 4×4 beams on the surface and then secure the frame to the skids with 3 1/2″ screws or using rafter ties.
Fit 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame and align the edges flush. Leave no gaps between the plywood sheets and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the joists.
Building the shed wall frames
Build the back wall for the shed from 2×4 lumber. After cutting the plates and the studs lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center, for a neat result. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. Center the double top plate and lock it into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Continue the backyard diy project by assembling the front wall of the shed. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to cut all the components from 2×4 lumber. Use 2×6 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the double header. Adjust the size of the door opening to suit your needs. Assemble the wall frame with 3 1/2″ screws, making sure the corners are square.
Build the plain side wall from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center.
Framing the opposite wall is a little bit more complex, as you need to frame the window opening. You can adjust the size of the windows and the size of the door to suit your needs. You should use 2×6 lumber for the double header. Sandwich a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the 2×6 beams and lock them together with 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Lift the wall frames and then attach them to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush, 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, by drilling pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Fitting the siding sheets
Fit T1-11 siding sheets to the plain side wall of the shed. Align the edges flush with the top and with the sides of the shed. Insert 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.
Fit the sheets to the other side of the shed. Make the cuts so you can fit the sheets around the window opening. Align the edges to the top of the wall frame and then insert 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Cut the siding sheets with a circular saw so you can fit them around the door opening. Use 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing.
Fit the siding panels to the back of the shed, as well.
If you like this design, you should check out PART 2 of the project for complete plans on how to build the roof. In PART 3 of the project, I show you how to build the door and how to fit the decorative trims.
This small garden shed has a nice appearance, making a perfect addition to any backyard. I have lots of other woodworking projects on my site, see the whole list HERE.
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