This step by step diy project is about 16×16 gable shed roof plans. This is PART 2 of the garden shed project, where I show you how to build the 25 degree sloped gable roof and how to make sure it will be sturdy enough to withstand rains and moderate snows. You can easily adjust the slope of the roof 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. 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 a few day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Building 16×16 gable shed roof
The first step is to build the rafters. Use a miter saw to make a 25 degree cut to one end of the rafters. Use 2×6 lumber for the rafters. In addition, make the birdsmouth cut to the rafters.\
Next, we need to build the webs for the trusses. Use a saw to make the cuts to both ends of the webs, as shown in the diagram. Use 2×4 lumber for these components.
Lay all components on a level surface. You can even set a jig, so you can assemble all trusses in a similar manner and get consistent results.
Use 1/2″ plywood for the trusses. Mark the cut lines on a piece of plywood and then get the job done with a saw. Lay the gussets over the joints and then insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Ideally, you have to set the gussets on both sides of the trusses, except for the end trusses (so you can attach the siding panels).
Fit the trusses to the top of the shed, every 16″ on center. Use rafter ties and 1 1 /2″ structural screws to secure the trusses into place. Plumb the trusses with a spirit level.
Assembling the overhangs
Cut and fit the T1-11 siding sheets to the front of the shed. Make sure you make the cuts around the double door opening. Align the panels flush with the shed structure, leave no gaps between the panels and insert 6d nails every 8″ along the framing.
Assemble the overhangs, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the blockings.
Fit the overhangs to the front and back of the storage shed. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Use a circular saw to make the cuts to the plywood sheets. Fit the 1/2″ plywood sheets to the roof of the large garden shed. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the rafters. Leave no gaps between the sheets.
Installing the trims
Use 1×8 lumber for the side roof trims. Use 2″ nails to secure the trims into place tightly, after you align the edges flush.
Fit the 1×8 trims to the front of the shed roof. Align the edges and insert 2″ nails to secure them into place tightly.
Cover the roof with tar paper and then install the asphalt shingles. Make sure you also install the appropriate drip edges, so you can seal the shed roof. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for a tight fit.
This storage shed is compact enough to save space in your backyard, while offering tons of storage space.
Last but not least, you need take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, so you can protect them from decay and so you can enhance the look of the shelter. Check out PART 1 and PART 3 of the shed, so you can learn everything you need to know about building the floor, walls and roof for the shed.
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