4×4 Lean to Shed Plans – PDF Download

This step by step diy project is about diy 4×4 lean to storage shed plans. This small backyard shed comes with a base of 4 ft x 4 ft and a lean to roof, with a 2:12 pitch. This is a super small shed that makes for the perfect addition to your yard, if you want to hold garden tools or swimming pool towels. Read the local codes and make adjustments to comply with your local requirements. 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.

 

 

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4×4 Small Lean to Storage Shed Plans – PDF Download

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Cut List

  • A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 4 ft long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 4 ft long, 4 pieces – 45″long JOISTS
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long, 4 pieces – 80″ long 2xSIDE WALL 
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 6 pieces – 87 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 80″ long, 2 pieces – 76 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 39″ long FRONT WAL
  • H – 1 piece of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 48″84″ long, 1 piece – 48″x94 1/2″ long SIDING

Shopping List

Tools

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

Time

One week

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How to Build a Lean to Shed 4×4

Assembling-the-shed-floor-4x4

Assembling-the-shed-floor-4×4

First of all, we need to build the floor for the shed from lumber. Cut the joists from 2×4 lumber using a good saw. Align the beams, making sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.

Measure the diagonals and make adjustments until they are perfectly equal.  Place the joists every 16″ on center.

Fitting-the-skids

Fitting-the-skids

After assembling the floor frame, you need to attach the 4×4 skids. Use metal connectors to secure the skids to the joists, after aligning them or toenail them. Use 2 rafter ties and 1 1/2″ structural screws for each skid, one at a time.

Fitting the floor

Fitting the floor

Continue the project by attaching the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Leave no gaps between the floor sheets and secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the joists.

 

Building the shed wall frames

Back-wall-frame

Back-wall-frame

Next, we will start assembling the back wall frame for the shed. Therefore, cut all the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram, using 2×4 boards. Drill pilot holes through the top plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges flush and place the studs every 16″ on center.

However, you should notice the double studs placed at both ends of the wall frame. Fit pieces of 1/2″ plywood between the double studs.

Side-wall-frames

Side-wall-frames

Continue the project by assembling the side walls. As you can notice in the diagram, you need to place the studs every 16″ on center.

Front-wall-frame---lean-to-shed

Front-wall-frame—lean-to-shed

Last but not least, you need to assemble the front wall frame. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center. Notice the double 2×4 header. Glue 1/2″ plywood between the double 2×4 boards, align the edges and insert 2 1/2″ screws, from both sides. Secure the header to the studs with 3 1/2″ screws (drill angled pilot holes).

 

Assembling the shed framing

Assembling-the-4x4-lean-to-shed-framing

Assembling-the-4×4-lean-to-shed-framing

Fit the side walls to the shed floor and lock them  to the adjacent walls with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and insert 3 1/2″ screws through the bottom plates into the floor, as well.

Front wall panel

Front wall panel

Use 5/8″ T1-11 siding sheets for the exterior of the storage shed. Cut the panels and align them into place. Insert 6d nails, every 8″ along the framing, to secure the panels into place. After securing the panels into place, make the cut outs around the door opening with a circular saw.

Fitting-the-back-wall-panels

Fitting-the-back-wall-panels

Attach the siding sheets to the back of the garden shed, as well. Secure them into place with 6d nails. Make the notches around the rafters.

 

Finishing touches

4x4 lean to shed plans MOP

4×4 lean to shed plans MOP

Make sure you check PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof for this large lean to shed project. In addition, you could check the rest of the shed plans I have on this site for more building ideas.

4x4 shed - overall height

4×4 shed – overall height

Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and let the compound to dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper along the wood grain.

Top Tip: Take a look over PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof and the front door for this shed project. If you want to get this project as a PDF file with 1 full cut list and 1 shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow. If you want to get this project as a PDF file with 1 cut list and 1 shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.

 


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