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8×8 Short Shed Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy project is about 8×8 short shed plans. I have designed this 6-7′ high shed with a gable roof so you can store items while saving money with the construction cost. 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 Shed Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 93″ long, 7 pieces – 96″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 2 pieces – 21 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 58 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
  • E – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 57″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
  • G – 7 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 48″x64″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x64″ long SIDING


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




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Building a 8×8 short shed



The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the shed. You can use 2×6 lumber or even 2×4 lumber if you are not going to store heavy items. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the joists together after aligning the edges flush and making sure the corners are right-angled.



The next step if to attach 4×4 skids to the floor frame, so you protect the components from moisture. Attach the skids to the floor frame using metal connectors or by inserting screws through the frame into the skids.



Lay the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, leave no gaps between the components and then insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.



Continue the project by assembling the side walls. Cut the plates and the studs from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws or 16d nails into the studs. You can place the studs every 16″ or 24″ according to how strong the frame you want to be. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square for a neat result.



Fit the side walls to the floor frame of the storage shed and align the edges flush. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls and drill pilot holes through the bottom plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed for a neat result. Use temporarily braces to lock the side walls into place tightly.



Assemble the front wall for the 8×8 short shed using the above instructions. Make sure you leave enough space for the door opening. You can make adjustments to suit your needs. Use the same techniques described above for a neat result.



Build the back wall for the shed. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then assemble the wall frame together using 3 1/2″ screws or 16d nails.



Fit the front and the back walls to the 8×8 short shed floor. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together using 2 1/2″ screws.



Attach the T1-11 siding panels to the front of the shed. As you can really see in the diagram, you need to make a few cuts so you fit the panel around the door opening. Align the edges flush and use 4d nails to secure the panels into place properly. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a neat result.



Fit the siding panels to the sides of the shed, as well. Align the edges with attention and then drive the nails in, every 8″ along the framing.



Attach the siding panels to the back of the 8×8 shed in the same manner described above.



Check out the rest of the plans, so you learn how to build the door and the roof for the shed.



Take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain so you enhance the look of the shed and you protect the components from decay. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 to learn how to build the roof for the shed, as well as how to frame the front door.



This woodworking project was about 8×8 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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TC -

Good Morning.

On the 8×8 Short Shed, I’m assuming that the only wood that needs to be treated are the 4×4’s that is used for the skids?

Thanks so much!

Ovidiu -


TC -

Are there any more supplies that are needed that are not listed besides the rafter ties?


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