How to Build a Wood Shed

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A wood shed is a necessity if you want a wood-burning fire during the cold months. A wood shed provides shelter and storage for cut wood so that it can be ready to burn when you needed. It doesn't take a lot of skill to build a wood shed, so this is the perfect project for a beginning carpenter or weekend warrior. Simple plans give you structure for what to do, but you can use your own creativity to make it your own.

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Things you need

  • Galvanized pipe strapping
  • Log beams about 6 inches in diameter
  • 2-by-4 wood planks
  • Flat rocks approximately 10 to 12 inches in diameter
  • Carpenter's level
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Plywood
  • 1 1/2-inch galvanized nails
  • Cinder blocks

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  1. 1

    Cut 3 logs to 8 feet long and 3 logs to 6 feet long. These will serve as the posts for the wood shed. Both ends should be flat.

  2. 2

    Attach the 8-foot-long logs perpendicularly to a 12-foot-long log using galvanized pipe strapping cut to size and 1 1/2-inch galvanized nails. Work on one side of the frame while it's on the ground, and then roll it over and work on the other side. This will be the front of the shed.

  3. 3

    Attach the 6-foot logs to another 12-foot log in the same manner as step 2. This will be the back of the shed.

  4. 4

    Lay out 6 flat rocks in a 2-by-3 arrangement where you want your wood shed to be located. The rocks should be 5 feet apart from each other.

  5. 5

    Place a scrap asphalt shingle on top of each flat rock.

  6. 6

    Stand up the front and back frames onto the flat rocks. You need a couple of helpers to hold the beams in place until they can be secured.

  7. 7

    Use 5-foot 2-by-4 planks to secure the beam assemblies to each other on either end of the structure using either nails or screws.

  8. 8

    Attach bracing beams made from scrap 2-by-4s to the upper corners of the front beam assembly using either nails or screws.

  9. 9

    Run 2-by-4 planks across the top of the front and back beam assemblies to build a frame for a roof. Attach using nails or screws.

  10. 10

    Cover roof planks with plywood cut to size and nail down.

  11. 11

    Cover the plywood with asphalt-roll roofing and nail that down.

  12. 12

    Build an informal shelf for the wood to rest on using plywood and cinder blocks. Getting the wood off the ground will help keep it ventilated.

Tips and warnings

  • Level the flat rocks off by digging them into the ground before you place the beam structures on top of them. Use a carpenter's level.

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