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10-07-2015 11:34 AM

I would like to build a small shed just for garden tools,shovels rakes and such.I was thinking of using one patio stone(whatever size,maybe18”x24) as the floor,so whatever size I go with would be the size shed I would like to build, and maybe attaching it to the back of my wooden garden shed.Would anyone have plans for something like this that they could share?Even a rough idea as to get started? Thanks for any help.



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09-10-2012 01:22 AM

Welcome aboard. We have a few master builders on board. I’m sure they’ll give you a hand. They have helped me out immensely. They are really good people.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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09-10-2012 03:26 PM

Something that small is basically just relying on the building you’re attaching it to for support. A few years ago I built a free-standing 4’x8’ by about 9’ high (at the peak of the single sloped roof) shed to store bikes in vertically (including tandems, whence the height). It was in a sheltered area, and it eventually blew over in a storm. So unless you seriously stake it down on the corners it’s going to be reliant on the building you’re attaching it to for support.

I don’t know if you care about code or not, if you do there are probably restrictions on either how much you can expand that wood garden shed before it becomes eligible for enforcement in your jurisdiction. On the other hand, a foot and a half by a two foot rake closet isn’t really likely to attract attention, so we’ll ignore code.

I’d use two sheets of T-111 (basically a plywood with a scribed in siding look), with 2×4s for the corner posts. Find a couple of spare shingles from a roofing job for cover, and 2×2s to brace the door (build the door frame portion out of 2×4). Make sure that you have a foot or so of plywood that covers the upper front and the door frame to prevent wracking in that axis. You’re building a simple box (although probably with a slanted top), there’s only two things I’d worry about:

1. Make sure you’ve got decent clearance from the ground. Put your paving stone on cinderblocks to give yourself 8” or so of clearance around the landscaping.

2. Use treated lumber for the sills (the bits of wood that are on the stone or cinderblock), and it also wouldn’t hurt you to have a bit of flashing, best to use galvanized steel with the treated lumber (or strips of foam on top of the aluminum to keep the aluminum from reacting with the treated lumber, they sell stuff specifically for this purpose), to make it more difficult for the termites and the ants to transition from your foundation to your building.

Other thing I did once in a similar structure: I made the doors out of 3/8” plywood and put a curve in them (flat axis was vertical, with the length of the plywood), This made them extremely strong and stiff. It was, however, a pain in the tail to do. I now have a really nice jigsaw, that’d make it easier to build the framing for the door out of 2x material rather than ¾” ply, and if I did that I’d probably consider going to ¼” ply, and now that I’ve built a boat or two maybe even laminate two sheets of ¼” luan underlayment ply together with epoxy (if I was feeling rich) or polyester resin (if I wasn’t) for a ½” total skin thickness. That’d give me an easy curve with a very stiff door.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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09-11-2012 06:40 PM

Thanks Dan
I”m not worried about codes,and the shed I want to attach it to is solid wood,so no worries there either.Thanks for the great tips,I am going to give this a try.

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11-21-2012 08:44 AM

It took me one whole day but I have finally succeeded putting up a tool shed using similar directions as given by Dan. It is great to build something with your bare hands without using heavy equipment, and it’s easy too once you are armed with detailed step-by-step guide. Thankfully, it didn’t rain all day while we’re working on the yard. I even had the time to add a birdhouse outside the shed using the extra building materials. Although I am not a natural handyman, this experience and feeling of satisfaction will definitely spur me on to do more.

-- Christopher Creek - http://www.deepcreekconstructionschool.com

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