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Lean To Shed Construction

Lean To Shed Construction – Thoughts

lean to shed constructionStart your lean to shed construction project today so you can have an easy to build shed for your storage.  A lean to shed is one of the most common sheds built today.  This is because lean to shed construction is a very easy build and can be done in a weekend.  Once built, the lean to shed will give you ample space for storage.  Furthermore, since it is built up against the house it is hidden from the yard and therefore perfect for a storage solution that is hidden.

Lean To Shed Construction – Before Building

Once you make the decision to build a lean to shed you will need to get a couple of things done first.  First of all get a good set of plans that can be built easily.  Second, evaluate your home and yard so you find the right place for the shed to be built.  Now that you have the plans and the place finalized you will need to get the materials to get your project started right.  You will get all the material needed according to your plans.  However, pressure treated lumbar is a definite so it can withstand the elements.

Lean To Shed Construction – Building

Foundation and Flooring

Once you have the plans and the lumber, you will begin building the shed from the ground up.  Most lean to sheds are built next to a home.  Half the time it is on a concrete slab and the other half the floor will be on the ground.  Check out my post on shed foundations.  If on a concrete slab, then proceed to building your walls.  If you have a wooden floor, then my recommendation is to put down a gravel foundation.  Then  build the floor on top of the gravel foundation.  Once the floor is constructed per your shed plan then cover the floor with plywood.


lean to shed construction wallsThe walls are built according to the plan and size of your shed.  However, you need to make a decision if you want a window with your lean to shed.  There are many different types of windows and you can find out more from my previous post on window ideas.  You also need to find out what type of door you would like to have for your shed.  I recommend sticking with a single door or double door if you are storing a lot of things in the shed.  However, there are more door options available.


lean to shed construction shinglesThe roof is a single pitch roof so the water runs away from the back to the front of the shed.  The construction of the roof is very simple.  Your plans will have this according to the size of the lean to shed you are building. The roofing material can be vast but I would stick with a basic asphalt shingle roof.  You may want to build in a guttering system on the shed so you can catch the water and use it for your plants, garden, etc…  Read more about guttering on my previous post.

Lean To Shed Construction – Conclusion

lean to shed construction final.A lean to shed is a very basic and easy shed to build.  The size of the shed will depend on how much storage you need and the use of your shed.  Make sure you have the right set of shed plans and build the right lean to shed that fits your desires.  You can watch a typical shed being built on my previous post build a shed video series.

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Tips For Shed Roof Building

There are some basic tips for shed roof building that you need to follow to build the roof without problems.  Once you have the foundation and floor done you will need to construct the roof frame.  The process of building the roof frame depends on your plans.  However,  there are some basic tips to follow for constructing your rafters and quickly framing your shed roof.

Shed Roof Building – The Materials

Before you start the construction of your roof you should already have a good set of plans.  The materials needed for the construction will typically be listed in your plans.  Follow the plans and build the foundation, and shed floor.  Purchase the boards for your roof as per your shed plans.  Get your drill, hammer, wood chisel, nails and screws needed for the project.  You will also need to know how to use your rafter square so you can measure angles in your rafters.  A portable circular saw and a miter saw will help you make accurate cuts in the wood.

Shed Roof Building – Cutting The Rafters

You will build the first roof rafter and then use this as your template for the rest of the rafters.  First thing is to cut your board at the right length you will need. Then you will cut the rafter ends which is where each rafter will meet in the middle of the roof.  After the ends are cut you will then cut the birds mouth joint so the end of the rafter will attach to the shed walls.

Rafter Ends:

shed roof building plumb squareMeasure your rafter angle needed using your rafter square according to your plans.  These ends will meet in the middle of the shed roof so they have to be cut at the proper angles according to your roof plans pitch.  Once the rafter end is cut you will move on to cutting your birds mouth joint.

Birds Mouth Joint:

shed roof building birdsmouth squareThis joint is the end of the rafter that will rest on the shed wall.  You may need the wood chisel to make sure all of the wood cut out of the birds mouth joint is removed.  As you can see in the diagram that you will need to make a vertical and horizontal cut according to your plans roof angle. This will make the birds mouth joint to allow the rafter to rest on the shed wall.  Once this rafter is built you will then use this board as the template to build the rest of the rafters needed.shed roof building birds mouth joint

Shed Roof Building – Assembling The Rafters

Now you have all the rafters cut at the proper angles and length.  You need to assemble the rafters with use of your shed floor and a temporary woodworking jig.

Placement of Rafters On The Floor:

shed floor building rafter assemblyYou will place two rafters on the shed floor in the proper placement with the rafter ends touching in the middle and the birds mouth joints at the end of the floor where the birds mouth joint will attach to the shed walls.  The rafters will form a peak in the middle where the rafter ends meet.  This peak should be at the proper height of your roof according to your plans and the birds mouth joint should be even with the floor edges with about 1/2″ overhang. Make sure that the boards are touching at the ends perfectly and the birds mouth joint is at the ends of the floor properly before moving on to constructing the temporary woodworking jig.

Temporary Woodworking Jig:

Once the rafters are placed together on the floor at the proper angles and dimensions, you can then construct the woodworking jig.  The temporary jig will allow you to place and construct each rafter at the proper angles for quick assembly.  See the assembly of the woodworking jigs placed on the shed floor in the picture below.  shed roof building wood jig

Shed Roof Building – Attaching The Rafters With A Gusset

shed roof building gussetCut a gusset from a scrap OSB or plywood at the proper angle and nail it to the rafters while they are placed in the woodworking jig.  This will attach the rafters together.  You can see the gusset in the middle of the rafters assembled in the picture above.  Therefore once the first two rafters are joined together, then you can easily place the next two boards within the jig for easy assembly.  Once all the rafters are assembled, then  you can remove the jig from your floor.

Watch the video below to see this entire process in action.

Shed Roof Building – Conclusion

Once your rafters are assembled you can place them aside and build the walls for your shed.  Attach the shed rafters to the walls once they are framed and cover the roof rafters with your OSB or plywood.  Next thing is to figure out the roofing material you want and install it at the right time of the building process.  Check out the building a shed video series to watch the entire shed building process.  Find the right set of shed plans and get started today with building the shed you want.

I hope this helps,


Shed Floor Design

There are many options when it comes to your shed floor design.  However, there are some basic steps you need to adhere to when building your shed floor.  Your shed floor design will depend on your shed foundation.  If you have a concrete foundation then that will be your floor.  However if you don’t have a concrete foundation then you need to frame the floor.  You will then need to decide your floor covering.

Shed Floor Design – Foundation

Concrete – If you have a concrete foundation then you need to make sure your design has the ability to anchor your walls to your foundation.  Your floor will basically be the concrete slab and then there are many finishing options to concrete.  You can have a smooth or rough finish.  You can also have a stamped pattern to the concrete and some shed plans have brick pavers that are designed into the floor.shed floor design concrete foundation

Wooden Pier – If you do not have a concrete foundation then most likely you have a gravel, concrete block or a wooden pier foundation.  If that is the case then your shed floor design will have you framing your floor on the foundation and then placing a floor covering on top of the frame.  Before you frame the floor and while you are in the foundation stage it is a good idea to have a vapor barrier.  The vapor barrier is a plastic covering over your foundation base that prevents moisture from getting to the shed floor and causing shed mold & mildew or wood rot.shed floor design concrete pier foundation

Shed Floor Design – Framing

If your foundation is not concrete then you will need to frame and build your floor.  Once you have your foundation level then you can start constructing your shed floor frame.  The most important part of this process is to make sure your foundation is level.  Once the foundation is level you will need to start the framing.

Squaring Joists – Make sure your joists are square at the ends so when you cut your joists to length then both ends will be square.

Crowning – The boards may have a bowing one way or the other and that is called the crown of the board.  You want the crown or bowed side up so the weight of the shed will push the crown down and level up the boards more over time.shed floor design board crowning

Framing – Depending on your shed plans this part can have different steps.  However, the first part of the process is to build the outer frame of the shed floor and square up the joists on each end.  Fasten them together with 16d galvanized nails.  Then place each floor joist at 16″ apart on center and attach them to the outer frame with the same type nails.  Before securing the wooden joists completely, make sure to take measurements on a diagonal from one corner to the other.  Make sure these measurements are not more than 1/8 of an inch off but as square as possible.  Then attach the joists securely.

Anchoring – You will then need to attach the floor to your foundation.  There are multiple ways of anchoring your floor to your foundation and that depends on your plans.  However if you have a concrete pier then you can use masonry bolts but you may also need to anchor with steel cable ground anchors.  If you have a wooden pier then you will need to anchor with wood bolts according to your shed plan.

Shed Floor Design – Covering

Once your floor is framed you will need to add floor covering.  This will typically be plywood or OSB (oriented strand board).  You will need to attach these boards where the wood fiber length is at a 90 degree angle from your floor joists to prevent sagging over time.  It is a good idea to get tongue and groove boards as they make a more secure fit.  Also, prior to nailing down the plywood or OSB it is a good idea to place wood glue on the joists to help secure the plywood or OSB even further to the joists.shed flooring design attaching plywood to joist

Shed Floor Design – Conclusion

Now that you have the basics to a shed floor design you can begin the building process.  Some basic pearls are to make sure you have a good set of plans and follow them accordingly.  When framing your shed floor make sure the foundation is level.  Make sure your outer framing is square and check diagonal measurements before securing all floor joists.  Place the floor joists with the crown up so they will level over time from the weight of the shed and attach to the squared frame at 16″ on center with galvanized nails.  Anchor your floor to your foundation according to your shed plans.  Your floor covering will either be plywood or OSB and should be at 90 degree angles to the joists.

I hope this helps,


Build A Shed Video Series

JB here and I came across these how to build a shed videos  on YouTube the other day.  It is a six part series of how to build a shed and he does a great job of putting this together. The video series is easy and you can see how to build a shed for yourself.  Especially with the right tools and a little bit of hard work.

Shed PlanBuild A Shed Video Series – The Videos…

I think the videos are worthwhile to watch.  Especially if you’re considering building a shed or going to have someone else build the shed.  Because it gives you an idea of what it takes to build the structure.

There are many plans on the market that are easy to follow.  You do not have to be a master carpenter or woodworker to get this accomplished.  Watch the video series.

Build A Shed Video Series – Review

The first few videos are the basics of the foundation.  Then the walls are built and erected.  The roof is built quick and easy and then you can see it all come together.  Finally, the door is a roll-up door which is a nice door for security.  I liked the vinyl exterior and the size of the shed he built.  Which is good for security and storage.   Plans like this are everywhere so find a set of plans and get started.  Make sure you get lots of plans to review so you are not limited.  Check out the collection of plans at the end of the post and you can get started today.




Ted’s Woodworking Program

JB here and since I do a fair amount of woodworking I thought I would review Ted’s Woodworking Program.  I get asked a lot about where I get my plans to do my woodworking.  Throughout the years I have used many plans.  I was lucky enough to stumble upon Ted’s Program.

Ted’s Woodworking Program:

The program is all over the internet and has 16,000 plans.  It is true that there are thousands of plans.  Easy to read plans with step by step instructions.  Ted is a master woodworker that put the plans together after many years of research.  Plans are detailed as you can see from some of my pictures.  Therefore,  I use these plans for many activities with kids and the community.

You get a great set of woodworking plans that will show you how to build things like furniture, outdoor projects, small crafts and kids projects.  Further, there are multiple bonus offers.

Bonus Offers:

CAD Plan Viewer

150 Premium Woodworking Videos

How To Start A Woodworking Business

Complete Woodworking Guides

Free Lifetime Updates

If you are into woodworking and want a set of plans that practically build themselves.  These plans are for you.  I use them routinely and  you should to if you are doing woodworking.  Woodworking is fun and easy.   So get the plans and do some projects.  You’ll realize how great it is to build things the right way.  I have a special offer through my website-Click Here.

Have fun,