This step by step diy project is about 8×16 gable shed plans. I have designed this shed with a gable roof so you can store a lot of items. The access is very easy, as it features double doors on one side and a simple door on another side. In addition, this shed has a 36″x36″ window on one side, so you get plenty of light inside. This shed also features a nice loft, so you can enhance the storage space even more. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Remember that you need to select the site for the shed with attention and that you have to comply with a few legal regulations.
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.
8×16 Gable Shed Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 93″ long FRAME
- B – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
- C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 4 piece – 81″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 75″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 81″ long SIDE WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 11 pieces – 81″ long BACK WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 12 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 34″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long, 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 39″ long FRONT WALL
- G – 12 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 48″x88″ long SIDING
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 44 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 12 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- metal tie for skids
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
How to build a 8×16 gable shed
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the floor shed. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber at the dimensions described in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the rim jousts and then insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular joists. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.
Use 4×4 lumber for the skids of the shed. Alternatively, you can even lay the shed on a concrete foundation, if you want a permanents construction. However, the easiest and the cheapest way to protect the floor of the shed from moisture is to use 4×4 skids. Use metal connectors to secure the skids to the joists.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame of the shed. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the floor, every 8″ along the joists.
Start framing the walls for the shed using 2x4s and 3 1/2″ screws or 16d nails. Cut the plates and the studs at the right dimensions using a saw. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs, making sure you work on a level surface. Place the studs every 24″ on center.
Next, frame the wall with the double door. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to use 2×6 lumber for the double header. In addition, you can easily adjust the size of the door opening to suit your needs. Use the same techniques described above to frame the wall.
Frame the long plain wall from 2×4 lumber, as well. After cutting the components at the right dimensions, you need to lock them together with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Continue the project by framing the long wall with the secondary door and with the 36″x36″ window. As you can easily notice in the plans, framing this wall is a little more complex, but following the diagram will make it easy enough for any builder. You can also adjust the size of the door and of the window to suit your needs.
Lay the wall frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush with the floor and use a spirit level to plumb the wall frames. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together with 3 1/2″ screws.
The next step is to attach the 5/8″ T1-11 siding to the wall frames. As you can see in the plans, you need to make a few cut outs around the window and around the door opening. Align the edges flush and insert 6d or 8d nails to lock the panels into place tightly.
Attach the T1-11 siding sheets to the rest of the shed walls.
Make the cuts so the panels go around the double door opening. Do not throw away the panels, as you will be needing them when framing the double doors.
Attach the siding panels to the opposite wall, as well.
This 8×16 shed has a really neat appearance and it comes with a lot of storage space. The access is very easy to the interior of the shed, as it features large doors on two sides. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 and PART 3 to learn how to build the roof for the shed, as well as how to frame the double front doors.
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