4×8 Short Shed Roof Plans

This step by step project is about 4×8 short shed with a lean to roof plans. This is PART 2 of the lean to short shed project where I show you how to build the roof and the front doors. Take a look over the local building codes before starting the project, as you need to comply with the legal requirements and in some cases even get a permit.

There are several aspects that any person should take into account before starting the woodworking project. First of all, you need to use weather-resistant lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components, if you want to lock them together tightly. In addition, add wood glue to the joints and check if the corners are right-angled. Plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to get a professional result. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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4×8 Short Shed Roof Plans




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  • G – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 75 1/2″x48″ long SIDING
  • G – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 54″ long RAFTERS
  • H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x54″ long ROOF
  • I – 2 piece of 2×6 lumber – 100 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 54″ long TRIMS
  • J – 50 sq ft of tar paper, 50 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
  • K – 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 55″ long JAMBS
  • L – 2 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 24″ x 55″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long, 1 piece – 17″ long 2xDOOR

  • 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
  • 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
  • 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
  • 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 6′
  • 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
  • 4 pieces of T1-11 siding -4’x8′
  • 100 pieces of 1 1/2″ nails
  • 500 pieces of 3 1/2″ screws
  • 200 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws
  • wood glue, stain/paint

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 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day


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How to build a 4×8 short shed roof



Build the rafters for the lean to shed from 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and then repeat the process for the remaining rafters.



Fit the rafters to the top of the shed, making sure you place them equally spaced, every 24″ on center. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.



Fit the supports to the roof on both sides of the short shed. Drill pocket holes at both ends and then insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it into place tightly.



Build the siding panels that go to the back wall of the shed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make notches to the top of the siding panels.



Fit the siding panels to the back of the short shed. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components. Use 4d nails to lock the panels into place tightly.



Cut the 5/8″ T1-11 siding panels to the sides of the lean to shed and lock them into place with nails or screws.



Attach the 1×4 jambs around the door opening. Align the edges with attention, making sure the edges are flush. Use 1 1/2″ nails or screws to secure the jambs into place tightly.



Build the double shed doors from T1-11 siding and 1×4 lumber. Attach the slats to the siding panels and insert 1 5/8″ screws. Add glue to the joints and align the edges flush.



Use hinges and a latch to lock the doors into place tightly.



Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the top of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges flush and then secure them to the rafters, every 8″. with 1 5/8″ screws.



Attach the 2×6 trims to the roof of the lean to shed, as shown in the diagram. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the trims tightly into place.



Cover the roof of the shed with roofing felt, making sure the strips overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper to the plywood sheets with roofing staples. In addition, cut a 12″ piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under.



This short shed has a nice appearance and the lean to shape makes it surprisingly roomy. This is a really beautiful construction that will not require a high investment.



The short shed seen from the back has a neat appearance, so you can blend it in with any backyard decor.



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 1 of the project, so you learn how to build the frame for this small lean to shed project.



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