This step by step diy project is about 8×4 shed roof plans. This is PART 2 of the small storage shed project, where I show you how to build the gable roof. 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.
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8×4 Gable Shed Roof – Free DIY Plans
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- G – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x102 1/2″ long SIDING
- H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long RIDGE BEAM
- I – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 59 1/4″ long RAFTERS
- J – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x60″ long ROOF
- K – 60 pieces of tar paper, 60 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- L – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 61″ long, 2 pieces – 49 1/4″ long ROOF TRIMS
- 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x10′
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 6 pieces of 1×6 umber – 6′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 60 sq ft of tar paper, 60 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 6d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- rafter ties
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How to build a 8×4 Gable Shed Roof
Use 2×4 lumber for the ridge beam. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then secure them to the center of the top plates, using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and then attach the top ridge. Add glue to the joints and align the edges with attention.
Attach 2×4 braces to reinforce the rigidity of the top beam. Use a miter saw to make 45 degree cuts at both ends of the braces and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
The first step of the backyard project is to build the rafters for the shed from 2×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make an angle cut to one end of the rafters and then cut out the birdsmouth. Take accurate measurements so you get a consistent result.
Fit the rafters to the top of the 8×6 shed frame. Place the trusses every 16″ on center. Use a spirit level to plumb the trusses and fit rafter ties to secure them to the top plates. The rafter ties will lock the trusses into place tightly.
Use T1-11 siding for the front and back wall panels. Cut the panels to the right size and shape and then secure them into place with 6-8d nails. Align the edges flush and insert the nails every 8″.
Fit the sheets to the back of the shed, as well.
Cut the roof sheets from 3/4″ plywood. Align the edges flush and then insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the rafters, so you lock them into place tightly. Alight the edges flush and leave no gaps between the sheets, for a professional result.
Use 1×6 lumber for the side roof trims. Use 2″ brad nails to secure the trims into place tightly.
Fit the 1×6 trims to the front and back of the roof. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails, so you secure the trims into place tightly. The trims are easy to install and it will add unique appeal to the shed.
Cover the roof with tar paper and then install the asphalt shingles. Make sure you also install the appropriate drip edges, so you can seal the shed roof. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for a tight fit.
You should take a look over PART 1 of the project, where I show you how to build the frame of the 8×4 shed. Check out PART 3 of the project, so you learn how to build the front door and how to fit the decorative trims. If you like the design, this small storage shed will add value to your homeowner life for many, many years in a row. This shed features a front door and a gable roof with a steep slope.
This woodworking project was about 8×4 shed roof 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.