This step by step diy project is about 6×8 shed plans. I have designed this small garden shed with a gable roof so you can protect your tools and other small items from the elements. If you have a backyard, then chances are that you need more storage space, so building a simple shed is the straight-forward solution. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
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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- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 69″ long FRAME
- B – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long FLOOR
- D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 1 piece – 96″ long, 2 pieces- 30 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces – 77″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 35″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 81″ long BACK WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- G – 6 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 48″x90″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x90″ long SIDING
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 33 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 7 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding
- 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws, 8d galvanized screws
- rafter ties
- wood glue, stain/paint, wood filler
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Building a 6×8 garden shed
First of all you have to assemble the floor frame. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber at the dimensions shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the 96″ long joists and insert 3″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention before inserting the screws.
Next, attach the 3/4″ plywood panels to the floor frame. Align the edges and leave no gaps between the panels for a professional result. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the joists.
In order to keep the floor protected from moisture and water damage, I recommend you to attach 4×4 skids to the shed. Align the edges and use rafter ties to secure the skids to the joists in a professional manner.
Build the back wall for the shed using the information from the above diagram. Start by cutting all the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the studs. Make sure you place the place the studs spaced as shown in the plans, otherwise you won’t be able to install the siding panels. Make sure the corners are square and fit the double plate to the top of the wall using 2 1/2″ screws.
Assemble the side walls in the same manner described above.
Building the front wall is a more complex job, as you need to frame the door opening. In addition, you need to fit the double header to the top of the opening.
Build the header from 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber and a piece of 1/2″ plywood. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Fit the frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. In addition, use a spirit level to make sure the walls are plumb. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor of the 6×8 shed. Don’t forget to lock the adjacent walls together, as well.
Build the exterior walls from 5/8″ T1-11 siding. As you can notice in the diagram, you need to make some cuts to the sheets that go to the front wall. In addition, you need to cut a sheet of 4×8 siding on half and attach it to the sides of the shed. Use 8d galvanized nails to secure the sheets to the wall frames. Align everything with attention and insert the nails every 8″ along the studs.
After building the frame for the shed, you need to double check all the joints. In addition, this is a good time to paint the exterior of the shed, as you have an easy access to the panels.
This shed with gable roof is the perfect addition to any garden, if you need more storage space for your tools and furniture. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof for the shed. If you build these, I would love to see your project.
This woodworking project was about 6×8 shed plans. 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.