How to Build Small Hay Shed

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Building a small 6-foot by 8-foot shed for storing hay is a fairly simple process, but it does require some time and physical labour. It can also save you money doing it yourself rather than buying one at a store. All that is required to build one on level ground are a few basic tools, four types of lumber and hardware.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 7 8-foot-long 2-by-12s, pressure-treated
  • 40 to 50 8-foot-long 2-by-4s, pressure-treated
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 7 to 8 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of 1/2" plywood, pressure-treated
  • Tin sheets
  • Hinges

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    The First Half of The Process

  1. 1

    Trim four 8-foot 2-by-12s down to 5-foot 9-inches and leave three at 8-foot. Six pieces are for the base of your shed and one is to create the roof slope.

  2. 2

    Construct the outer frame for the shed on the levelled area using four 2-by-12s. Lay the two 8-foot pieces on edge parallel to each other 6-foot apart and insert a 5-foot 9-inch piece between them on each side, forming a rectangle. Nail them together.

  3. 3

    Add floor support inside the frame. Equally space the other two 5-foot 9-inch 2-by-12s inside the frame between the other 5-foot 9-inch pieces. Nail them to the 8-foot sides of the outer frame.

  4. 4

    Align 21 8-foot 2-by-4s over the frame side-by-side perpendicular to the support beams for the floor of your shed. Drive nails down through each 2-by-4 board where it touches the frame and support beams.

  5. 5

    Plan for a 3-foot wide by 6-foot-high opening in one wall frame for a door. Use two 2-by-4s side by side on each side and on the top of the door.

  6. 6

    Assemble the two 8-foot-long by 7-foot-high wall frames. Use two 8-foot and two 6-foot 9-inch 2-by-4s for each frame. Next, insert 6-foot 9-inch vertical studs between the 8-foot pieces and space them 8 inches apart.

  7. 7

    Assemble the two 6-foot wall frames. Each frame is 5-foot 5-inches-long because they fit between the other two 8-foot frames. Use two 5-foot 5-inch pieces of 2-by-4 for the top and bottom of each wall and two 6-foot 9-inch pieces for the sides and the studs.

    The Final Half of The Construction Process

  1. 1

    Stand all four walls up around the edges of the floor and nail them together. Nail each wall to the floor every 6 inches along the bottom. Also nail them to each other every 4 inches from top to bottom.

  2. 2

    Nail the remaining 8-foot 2-by-12 on edge along the top of one of the 8-foot wall frames for the slope of the roof.

  3. 3

    Cut four 7-foot 2-by-4s for the roof support. Lay them from the top of the 8-foot frame up to the top of the 2-by-12 so they are equally spaced them out between the 6-foot sides. Nail them down.

  4. 4

    Cut sheets of 1/2-inch plywood to cover the roof and nail them to the 2-by-4 roof supports.

  5. 5

    Cut 1/2-inch plywood and cover the outside of all four walls. Nail to the studs.

  6. 6

    Cut pieces of tin and attach to the roof for added protection.

  7. 7

    Have doors made or cut your own using plywood. Hang your doors with heavy-duty hinges.

Tips and warnings

  • Be cautious when using power tools.

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