This step by step diy project is about 6×8 shed roof plans. This is PART 2 of the 6×8 gable shed project, where I show you how to build the trusses and install the roofing. You can easily adjust the size of the overhangs 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, 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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6×8 Gable Shed Roof Plans
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- G – 4 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 25 1/4″x36″ long GABLE ENDS
- H – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 14 pieces – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 17 3/4″ long TRUSSES
- I – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 108″ long ROOF SUPPORTS
- J – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 21 3/4″ long BLOCKINGS
- K – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x55 1/2″ long ROOF
- L – 80 sq ft of roofing felt, 80 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 80 sq ft of roofing felt, 80 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws, 8d galvanized screws, rafter ties
- 1 5/8″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint, wood filler
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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- PART 1: 6×8 Shed Plans
- PART 2: 6×8 Roof Shed Plans
- PART 3: Shed Door and Ramp Plans
Building a gable shed roof
The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the 6×8 shed. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, using the information from the diagram. Cut one end of the rafters at 60 degrees and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
As you can easily notice in the plans, you also need to make two notches to the rafters, so you can install the roof supports and create the side overhangs. Mark the cut areas and make parallel cuts with a circular saw. Remove the excess with a chisel and smooth the notches with sandpaper.
Build the bottom rafters for the shed using 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the piece of lumber and cut both ends at 30 degrees using a miter saw.
Assembling the trusses for the 6×8 shed is a straight forward job of you take accurate measurements. Cut a 3/4″ gusset for the top of the trusses and lock it into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Use metal plates to secure the rest of the joints, after taking accurate measurements.
Fit the trusses to the top of the shed. Place the trusses equally spaced, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the trusses and lock them to the top plates of the walls using rafter ties.
In order to seal the roof of the shed, you have to install 2×6 blockings between the rafters. Fit the pieces of lumber to the top plates and toe nail them to the rafters using 8d nails. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Next, you need to install 2×4 supports to the gable ends of the shed. Cut the supports at the right dimensions and secure them into place with 8d nails.
Build the gable ends from 5/8″ T1-11 siding, using the information from the diagram. Mark the cut lines on the panels and get the job done with a saw. Use 8d galvanized nails to secure the siding panels to the framing.
Continue the project by fitting the 2×4 supports to the roof of the shed. Center the supports into place, drill pilot holes and lock them to the rafters using 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the side trims from 2×4 lumber. Cut one end of the trims at 60 degrees and secure them to the supports using 8 d nails. Leave no gaps between the trims and the supports.
Fit 3/4″ plywood sheets to the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and secure the sheets to the rafters every 8″ using 1 5/8″ screws.
Fit 1×6 trims to the front and to the back of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Use 1 1/2″ brad nails to secure the trims into place tightly.
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 shed with gable roof is the perfect addition to any garden, if you need more storage space for your tools and furniture. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 1 of the project, so you learn how to build the frame of the shed. In PART 3 you will see how to build the door and the ramp for this shed. If you build these, I would love to see your project.
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Hi I love he site and these plans are great. Question for you- is this a typo with 60 degrees? It looks like 45 and 60 would be quite a steep roof. Thanks!
Cut one end of the rafters at 60 degrees and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
When I say cut at 60 degrees I mean you need to make a 30 degree cut. The end of the rafter will have 60 degrees after you make the cut.
So far the plans have been pretty easy to understand. I do have a question. if the rafters are cut at 30deg and 48in length, do the plans intend for the bottom rafters to fit picture frame style. I have the bottom rafter ends cut at 30 deg and 72in length and will not fit this way. How exactly are they supposed to be tied together?
Make 60 degree cuts to the bottom rafters and 30 degree cuts to the top rafters. They fit, trust me.