Firewood – Garbage Shed

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Firewood-Garbage Shed
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This versatile shed is actually two projects in one: by using the same central design, you can build a firewood shelter or a garbage and recycling bin. The differences between the two are clearly shown in the illustrations. Both projects have four posts, a rectangular floor frame decked with 2 × 6s, and spaced side slats that provide ventilation. The plywood, shed-style roof is covered with cedar shingles, but you can use any type of roofing. When adapted as a garbage shed, the project includes a center post and slats on the rear wall, two posts on the front wall that define the door openings, a shelf for recycling, and three frame-and-panel cedar doors.

To save on expenses, you can build the entire shed with pressure-treated lumber or use cedar only for the most visible parts.

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Lean-to Tool Shed

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Lean-to Tool Shed

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This storage shed is a free-standing building with a wooden skid foundation that makes it easy to move. With all four sides finished, the shed can be placed anywhere, but it works best when set next to a house or garage wall (or a fence)—its steeply pitched roof and narrow profile help it blend in with the neighboring structure. The shed shown in this project includes asphalt shingle roofing, T1-11 plywood siding, and 1 × cedar trim, but you can add any type of finish to match or complement the surrounding structures.

The shed’s 65″-tall double doors provide easy access to its eighteen square feet of floor space, and its 8-ft.-tall rear wall can accommodate a set of shelves while leaving enough room below for longhand led tools.

Because the tool shed sits on the ground, in cold climates it will be subject to shifting with seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. Therefore, do not attach the tool shed to your house or any other building set on a foundation.

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8 x 10 Timber-frame Garden Shed

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8 x 10 Timber-frame Garden Shed 

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Timber-framing is a traditional building method that uses a simple framework of heavy timber posts and beams connected with hand-carved joints. From the outside, a timber-frame building looks like a standard, stick-framed structure, but the stout, rough-sawn members give the interior the feel of an 18th-century barn or workshop.

This 8 × 10-ft. shed has the same rough-sawn timbers and basic design used in traditional timber- framing, but with joints that are easy to make. In addition to an attractive interior, the shed has a homemade skylight and a large side window that make it a bright, inviting space. If staying cool is a concern, install operable windows, or adapt the shed frame to add more windows. Adding roof vents can improve ventilation, as well.

The roof frame in this project is made with standard 2 × 4s, but if you’re willing to pay a little more to improve the appearance, you can use rough-cut 2× 4s or 4 × 4s for the roof framing.

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8 x 12 Storage Shed

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8 x 12 Storage Shed 

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This 8 × 12-ft. shed features a simple gable roof, double doors, and side and rear windows for natural lighting. With full-height walls and doors, there’s ample room for storing large items or creating a comfortable work space. An optional wood ramp helps in moving lawn mowers and other heavy equipment.

The shed’s simple construction makes it especially adaptable for different uses. For example, you can easily frame in additional windows—to use the shed as a workshop or potting shed—or omit all of the windows and devote the space entirely to secure storage.

The finish materials for the shed also are true to its name: asphalt roof shingles, plywood siding, and simple trim details are appropriately practical for this classic outbuilding design. You can purchase prehung doors or build your own using the project plans.

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