This step by step diy woodworking project is about 2×4 lean to shed plans. The project features instructions for building a simple a small 2×4 shed with a lean to roof. The shed is ideal for storing tools or other small items. Work with attention and make adjustments to the design and overall dimensions if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.
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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2×4 Lean To Shed Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x48″ long FLOOR
- C – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 73″ long, 1 piece – 78 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 17″ long, 1 piece – 18 1/2″ long 2xSIDE
- D – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long SUPPORTS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 3/4″ long RAFTERS
- E – 2 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 24″x81″ long, 1 piece – 30 1/4″x49 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 50 1/2″x49 1/4″ long WALLS
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 20 1/2″x48″ long SHELVES
- G – 2 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 22″x64 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22″ long, 2 pieces – 57 1/2″ long 2xDOOR
- H – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 28 3/4″x53 1/4″ long, 15 sq ft of tar paper, 15 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOF
- 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 3 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
How to build a small lean to shed
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the floor. Cut the components at the right dimensions from 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the rim joists. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood and attach it to the floor frame. Align the edges with attention and secure the plywood to the joists using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, you need to assemble the sides of the tool shed. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Next, you need to attach the side walls to the floor frame. Align the edges with attention and plumb the walls with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom supports and insert screws into the floor frame.
Continue the project by fitting the 2×4 supports to the front and back of the lean to shed. Drill pilot holes through the studs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the horizontal components. Make sure the corners are square and align everything with attention.
Build the rafters for the 2×4 shed out of 2×4 lumber. Make 15 degree cuts to both ends of the rafters.
Fit the rafters to the roof of the lean to shed. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the rafters. Place the rafters equally spaced to make sure the structure will support the roof properly.
Build the side walls from 5/8″ siding. Cut the panels at the right shape and size using the information from the diagram. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the panels to the frame of the shed, after aligning them with attention.
Next, attach the panels to the back of the lean to shed. Use brad nails to secure the panels to the studs after aligning the components with attention.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood for the roof of the 2×4 shed. Center the sheet of plywood to the frame and lock it into place with 1 1/4″ nails, along the rafters.
Next, you need to cover the roof with tar paper, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Install the asphalt shingles to seal the roof from water leaks.
Building the front doors is a straight forward process. Use 5/8″ siding for the door panels.
Attach 1×4 trims to the front doors, as shown in the plans. Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails to secure the trims to the door panels. Make sure the corners are right-angled and align the edges with attention.
Cut a piece of 1×4 lumber at 5″. Fit the door stop to the front of the tool shed and lock it to the bottom support using 1 1/4″ screws.
Build the shelves from 3/4″ plywood. Make notches to the corners of the plywood sheets, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood shelves to the lean to shed. Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock the shelves to the supports.
Fit the doors to the opening, as shown in the plans. Use hinges to lock the doors to the frame of the shed. In addition, install a latch to the doors.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. The best part of the project is that you can adjust the size of the shed to suit your need. You can place the shed against a wall and the water will be directed towards the front and thus not damaging it.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden couch, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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