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8×8 Short Gambrel Shed Roof Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy project is about 8×8 short gambrel shed roof plans. This is PART 2 of the short barn shed project, where I show you how to build the gambrel roof. This design has an unique and rustic appeal and it also creates a lot of room for storing items. 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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8×8 Short Gambrel Shed Roof Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • G – 4 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x96″ long SIDING
  • H – 20 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36 3/4″ long RAFTERS
  • I – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36 3/4″ long, 16 pieces – 4″ long 2xOVERHANG
  • J – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36 3/4″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 7 1/2″x36 3/4″ long ROOF
  • K – 150 sq ft of tar paper, 150 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
  • L – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 79″ long, 1 piece – 50 1/2″ long JAMBS
  • M – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 43 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 36 1/2″ long, 1 panel of T1-11 siding – 43 1/2″x79″ long DOOR
  • N – 8 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 37 1/4″ long TRIMS


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




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Building a gambrel roof for a short shed



The first step of the project is to build the rafters for the barn shed. As you can see in the plans, you need to make 22.5 degree cuts to both ends of the rafters. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.



Lay the four rafters on the ground and then cut the 1/2″ gussets. Fit the gussets over the joints and then secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws.



Fit the trusses over the top of the barn, every 24″ on center. In addition, use a spirit level to plumb the trusses before locking them to the side top plates with 3 1/2″ screws.



Use a piece of 2×4 lumber for the front and back supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.






Fit the T1-11 5/8″ siding panels to the sides of the barn shed. Align the edges with the top of the wall plates and leave no gaps between them. Use 4d nails to lock the panels into place tightly.


Building the overhangs

In order to build the overhangs, I recommend you to build common rafters and then install the 2×4 blockings. You can adjust the size of the overhangs to suit your needs. In addition, you should reinforce all the joints with 2 1/2″ screws.


Fitting the overhangs

Attach the overhangs to the front and back of the barn shed. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.



Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets to the roof of the shed. Leave no gaps between the sheets and secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws.



Build the roof trims from 1×6 lumber. Cut both ends of the components at 67.5 degree, by setting the miter saw to 22.5 degrees and making the cuts. Use 2 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 large piece for the top ridge. Fit the side drip edges over the roofing felt, while the bottom drip edges should be fit under. Read the instructions labeled on the asphalt shingle packs before installing them into place tightly. Start with the bottom left side of the roof and install them all the way to the top.



Attach 2×4 slats around the door opening. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws so you can lock the jambs into place tightly.



Use T1-11 siding for the door panel. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a neat result. Attach the 1×4 trims to the door panel.



Fit the door to the opening. Align the edges with attention and secure the door into place with hinges. In addition, install a latch so you lock the door into place tightly.



Take care of the finishing touches, by applying a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the shed and to protect it from decay.



Seen from one side, the shed has a nice appearance.



This 8×8 shed has a gambrel roof so it is large enough for a needs of a regular house owner. You can make a few adjustments to these plans so you enhance the storage space and make the most the shed. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 1 to learn how to build the frame for the barn shed.



This woodworking project was about 8×8 barn short 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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