This step by step diy woodworking project is about loafing shed plans. The project features instructions for building a 12×24 run in shed. If you want to build a shelter for your cattle, this project is to obvious choice. The roof has a lean to shape, so that you keep the costs at minimum. Check out PART 2 of the article to see how to frame the roof of the shed. Make sure you check out the local building codes before starting the project.
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. Read the local building codes before starting the project, as you might need a building permit. In addition, level the area and remove the vegetation layer.
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Loafing Shed Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 10 pieces – 80 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 288″ long SKIDS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 281″ long, 13 pieces – 80 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- D – 1 piece – 134 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 139″ long, 1 piece – 2 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 8 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 14 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 21″ long, 1 piece – 27″ long, 1 piece – 33″ long 2xTOP SIDE WALL
- E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 114″ long, 1 piece of 2×10 lumber – 288″ long BEAMS
- G – 12 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x84″ long SIDING
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24′
- 1 piece of 2×10 lumber – 24′
- 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 37 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 12 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 100 pieces of 3 1/2″ screws
- 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 100 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws/brad nails
- 12 pieces of 3″ lag bolts
How to build a 12×24 loafing shed
First of all you need to frame the walls for the cattle shed. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the dimensions indicated in the diagram. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs equally-spaced for a professional result.
Frame the side walls for the loafing shed, using the instructions from the diagram. Place the studs equally-spaced for a professional result.
Use 4×4 skids for the shed, placed at the front and back of the construction. In addition, you need to lock the side walls to the back frame, as shown in the diagram. Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock the adjacent walls together and double check if the corners are square before inserting the screws. 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 skids.
Attach T1-11 siding to the sides of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Leave no gaps between the panels and lock them to the framing, every 8″ with 1 5/8″ nails.
Attach the siding to the back wall, in the same manner described above.
Build the top side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions, following the instructions from the plans. Cut the top of the studs at 75.5 degrees using a miter saw. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Fit the top frames to the side walls, as shown in the plans. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the bottom plate of the lean to frames and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the support walls.
Next, attach the 2×10 beam to the front of the run in shed. Use a spirit level to check if the beam is perfectly horizontal. Use 3″ lag screws to lock the beam to the top frames.
Next, attach 2×6 beams to the front of the shed, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the beams. In addition, check if the corners are square for a professional result.
Use pieces of 2×6 lumber to lock the middle support into place. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place.
Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 of the project, to learn how to build the roof for the shed.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
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