Please don't ask me for plans or a list of materials as I kind of made it up as I went along. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own, quality garden sheds and log cabins can be bought online from Tiger Sheds. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.
Material list(3) 2x4x8’(2) 2x4x10’(11) 1x3x8’T1-11 or plywood cutouts from existing sheathing3 pair shed door hinges1 pair barrel bolts1 door handle1 lb.
Step 1: Rough OpeningThese instructions will show you how to install double 30” wide doors in a shed. Step 2: Lay out framesUsing the floor of your shed, lay out the frames according to the diagrams below. John is measuring the diagonal line to a point on the double rim joist from the far corner to square up the frame. It's then a simple matter to measure down from the underside of the floor deck frame to the top of the footing cleat to determine the length of the post needed at each footing. We built the beam out of 2 2x10' boards screwed together with 3 3 inch screws every 16 inches and the length cut 3 inches shorter than the total width of the shed frame. Stretch your tape measure across the top of the joists above the beam and then attach each joist to the beam with an angled screw on each side so that the spacing is 16 inches on center. The finished wall frame is raised into place, screwed to the shed floor and then plumbed and supported, as shown, with temporary braces while the adjacent wall is framed.
The double rim joists at each end are screwed together with ceramic coated screws every 16 inches or so to bond the two together to form a beam that will help support the perimeter walls of the shed. Which means the the center of the first joist (after the double rim joist) must be exactly 16 inches from the outer edge. This anchors the joists to the beam and straightens out any natural curves in the joist and ensures that the spacing is still 16 inches on center.
Together with the combined thickness of the bottom plate and two top plates (second top plate to be added when the frame walls are erected) the total height will be 97" (8'1").


The second (top) plates are nailed on starting with the side walls (corner to corner) so that the adjacent walls (front and back) are locked together.
My main problem was that I tried to do it in England in February and it rained for most of the time! The roof is OSB which I suggest you have cut to size to make it easier and get straight edges. When it is square, a board is screwed onto the frame on a diagonal to hold it square so we can move it into place over the footings.
The post juts out from the front of the frame, but the second plate will rest on that when attached.
This is also the reason we placed the shed foundation footings slightly narrower than the footings at the corners.It is easier to install the beam after the floor deck frame is in place by sliding it under and lifting it into position and then attaching it with angled screws through the joists.
If you build your own shed without a center beam, the joists should be measured and centered when you nail down the flooring. When you build your own shed, he best way to mark out the locations of each stud is to lay out and mark the top and bottom plates together. We nailed sheathing right over the window openings and cut out the opening afterward using a sawsall (reciprocating saw). 2” Common nails Safety • Be sure to read and understand the use of all power tools before use.
When planning where yourshed doors will go, try to have the center of the door opening where two sheets of T1-11 or plywood meet. The doors will look the same size once they are finished, butthe frames are not the same size. We double checked the 'squareness" of the frame by measuring the diagonals, tip to tip, and as the measurements where the same, we knew it was square. Then we leveled up the front of the frame using a bubble level and by installing a temporary support with screws at the near corner.
The second plate has not yet been added to the front and the back as we still have to install the remainder of the joists and we won't have to use joist hangers if we attach them by screwing directly through the front and back plate.


The 3 support posts are then installed beneath the beam on the footings +and screwed in place as with the front and back plates.
These are cut exactly the length of the back wall and the studs will be placed every 16 inches on center, as with the joists of the floor deck.
This may seem a bit expensive, but when you compare it to the shed kits which you can buy, the wood is about 3 times as thick! It’s imperative that the OVERALL size of the doors match the dimensionsshown, otherwise the doors may bind or not close properly. When you build your own shed on level ground, you might be able to build the deck frame complete, right on the foundation. Then temporary supports were installed at the remaining corners to hold the whole frame level in all directions. A double plate would be 3 inches thick and our screws would be too short to attach the joists. Here I am marking the stud locations with a square, both plates at the same time to ensure the top and bottom are exactly the same. Window and door sizes and placement will vary according to your plan when you build your own shed.
Also, it was build to my exact specification - with security in mind; no windows, concealed hinges and a mortice lock.
Unless you are planning a front landing or porch you might not have to worry about this when you build your own shed. If you build your own shed on level ground you may only need a few shims on top of the footings to level out the frame.



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