Roofing material for miniature shed

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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 05-06-2015 03:59 AM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am building a garden tool storage shed for my wife. The little “shed” measures 12” x 12” x24” high. It has a roof on it that is cut at 30 deg. Each side (6o deg at peak). The shed will be mounted on a 4×4 that is in the ground. My dilemma is the roof. Any suggestions for an appropriate size material to use to weather proof the roof? I want something that looks like regular roofing shingles, but small

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 04:02 AM

You could get a few packs of cedar shims and mount them like shingles.

Here is an example. $4 for 42, but they could probably be cut in half or thirds to make them go a lot farther.

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 04:02 AM

Hobby store shingles for doll houses.
Isn’t worth the time to make em when your can buy em cheap.

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 09:39 AM

How about some aromatic cedar – use a 3/4” board, slice strips off about 1/8” or 3/16” thick, just guessing but probably cut about 2” long , shape one end with a radius ? and overlap the edge and side just like a shingle. Fashion a cap and use either Titebond 3 or pre-drill and use VERRRRY small brads. Perhaps some well placed hot glue would work ?

It’s a lotta work but she’s worth it (I’m not talkin about the storage shed)

Good luck !

btw – soon I’ll be getting the Birdmouth bits out and you’ll hear the screaming all the way down there.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 04:03 PM

Seems like some emery cloth and some camp dry from the sporting goods section would work pretty well. I’ve never camp dried them, but i use emery cloth to simulate shingles on the occasional birdhouse build. I’m not too hip to those doll house shingles slim speaks of. But i unroll the emery cloth and make a cut every inch or so to simulate three tab shingles. The nice thing is it’s a roll so you’re only actually putting down one shingle per row and you don’t have to worry about your joints not overlapping. Maybe you could cover it with some 15lb tar paper first. I don’t see any reason that would leak.

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