This step by step project is about 4×8 short shed with a lean to roof plans. This article features detailed plans for building a 4×8 garden shed with a lean to roof. This shed has an overall height around 6′ so it is the ideal choice if you want to keep the costs at minimum. 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 with Lean to Roof Plans
Cut + Shopping Lists
- A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long JOISTS
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″ x 96″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long, 2 pieces – 56 1/4″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long, 6 pieces – 56 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 52 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 51″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 piece – 68″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 48″ x 60″ long SIDING
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 21 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 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
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
- Part 1: 4×8 Short Shed Plans
- Part 2: 4×8 Short Shed Roof Plans
Building a 4×8 short shed
The first step of the backyard project is to build the skids for the shed. Bild the skids out of 4×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the beams and get the job done by using a circular saw.
Next, you need to frame the floor of the 4×8 shed. Build the components for the frame out of 2×4 lumber, making sure you take accurate measurements. In addition, use a professional saw to adjust the components to their size.
Drill pilot holes through the perimeter joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square. Insert 3 1/2″ screws into the skids, after drilling pilot holes. Check if the edges are flush.
Afterwards, attach the 3/4″ plywood floor to the frame making sure the edges are flush. Drill pilot holes through the sheets and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the joists, every 8″. Leave no gaps between the components, if you aim for a durable and professional result.
Build the front wall for the lean to shed from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. In addition, you need to attach a double 2×4 header above the door opening, so you enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Assemble the back wall for the short lean to shed using the same techniques described above. You can use 3 1/2″ screws or 16d nails to lock the components together tightly.
Assemble the side walls for the shed from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the top plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws or nails into the studs.
Lay the wall frames to the floor of the shed, making sure the edges are perfectly aligned. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together with 3 1/2″ screws, after making sure the corners are right-angled.
Attach the 5/8″ T1-11 siding sheets to the front of the short shed. As you can see in the plans, you need to make a few cuts to the sheets so you can secure it around the door opening. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws or 4d nails to lock everything tightly.
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 double doors for this small lean to shed project. If you want to get this plan as a PDF file with 1 full Cut list and 1 full Shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.
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