8×16 Gambrel Shed Plans

This step by step diy project is about 8×16 gambrel shed plans. If you want to add more storage space in your backyard, this shed will provide plenty of it while enhancing the look of your property with a super nice design. If you want, you can create a loft to the roof of  the barn shed. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



8×16 Gambrel Shed Plans




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  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 93″ long FRAME
  • C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
  • D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 11 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 39″ long, 1 piece – 131″ long, 1 piece – 25″ 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
  • 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 DOUBLE DOOR 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

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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 8×16 gable shed



First of all, 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. 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.



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.



Frame the front wall for the gambrel shed using the same techniques described above. However, as you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to frame a secondary wall for an easy access to the shed.



Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shed. Use a spirit level to plumb the front and back walls walls. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates of the walls and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Afterwards, fit the short side walls and secure them to the floor in the same manner. Moreover, lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws.



Attach 5/8″ siding panels to the side wall of the shed. Use 8d nails to lock the sheets to the wall framing, after aligning the edges with attention. Leave no gaps between the components for a neat result.



Fit the siding sheets to the front wall of the shed. Make cuts so you can fit the sheets around the door opening.



Attach the 5/8″ siding panels to the back wall of the barn shed.



Fit the siding panels to the double door wall. Make the necessarily cuts so the sheets fits into place tightly.



If you like the design and the design of this project, I strongly recommend you to check out PART 2 and PART 3, where I show you how to frame the roof and the doors.



This 8×16 shed provides a lot of storage space. Furthermore, you can even enhance it by creating a simple loft to this shed. The access is very easy to the interior of the shed, as it features large doors on two sides.



This woodworking project was about 8×16 gambrel shed plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.




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