This step by step diy woodworking project is about 12×20 gambrel shed plans. The project features instructions for building a large shed with one large window and one access door on the side and double doors to the front. If you want to create backyard storage space or even a small studio, building this large shed is a great idea. Make sure you take a look over 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.
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The first step of the project if to assemble the floor frame. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber at the right size. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the regular joists. Place the joists equally-spaced, as shown in the plans. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are right-angled. Measure the diagonals and make adjustments until they are equal.
Fit 4×4 skids under the floor frame, in order to protect the components from moisture. Use rafter ties and 1 1/2″ structural screws to lock the skids to the floor frame. Use at least 2 ties for each skid.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame, making sure you follow the patterns described in the diagram. Leave no gaps between the sheets and secure them to the joists using 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″. Use tongue and groove plywood sheets, for a professional result.
Next, we need to build the front wall with double door opening. Use 2×4 for the studs and plates, and 2×6 lumber for the double header. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Use at least 2 screws for each joint. Place the studs as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the header to the side studs.
Notice the double header. You need to place 1/2″ plywood between the double beams. Add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws from both sides.
Assemble the back wall for the shed using 2x4s. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Use 2 1/2″ screws for the double plate. Notice it overhangs 3 1/2″ on both sides.
Build the front wall from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions, making sure you follow the information from the plans. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs or 16d nails.
Make sure the corners are right-angled and check if the edges are flush. As you can easily notice, you need to frame the door opening and the window opening. You can adjust the dimensions for the walls to suit your needs. Notice the double headers for the door and window.
Building the back wall is an easier job, as it doesn’t require intricate measurements and cuts. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs equally-spaced and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Fit the side walls to the floor and use temporary braces to lock them into place. Plumb the walls with a spirit level and align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed.
Fit the rest of the walls to the floor of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together by inserting 2 1/2″ screws through the studs. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are flush one with another.
Fit the T1-11 sheets to the front wall frame, as shown in the plans. Align everything with attention and lock them into place with 1 5/8″ screws or nails, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the siding and the wall frame. In addition, make sure the top edge of the sheets is aligned with the top plates.
Fit the siding to the side walls, making sure you align the sheets properly.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches, as to be able to continue the process with the rest of the steps. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper.
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