12 X16 shed

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Project by Wingstress posted 09-21-2009 04:44 AM 6500 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it took all summer, mainly because it rained 20 days in June, but I finally finished my shed. I bought plans off ebay for about $20 and followed them pretty closely. All together it cost around $3500 give or take a few hundred. Its pretty alarming how quickly things like shingles, hinges, and windows add up, but all in all I’m very happy. As a box maker hobbyist, full blown construction was way out of my element. I was so nervous about putting on a roof and had no idea what a drip edge was or about venting or anything about construction. But, I bought a book a Lowes and figured it out. It was actually quite rewarding in the end. Now I have HUGE 12X16 shed for my tractor, lawnmower, etc. I can’t wait to get all the crap out of my garage. I’ll probably be running power to it this spring, but that will be another adventure.

Lessons Learned:
The Paslode framing and finish nailer is one of the best tools ever invented!!!!
Painting T1-11 SUCKS!!! Tons of Primer is required
Wagner paint sprayers are a piece of junk. (I spent an entire day messing with one, then just used a roller)
Nailing shingles by hand takes a long time, hurts your back, and is rather scary on top of a roof

Not checking the plans for door height. Because I’m six feet tall, the door ways are about 1/2-inch too low. I’ve already hit my head walking through the door. (Need to learn to duck) I would have just made the door a little taller had I studied plans better…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 04:58 AM

Wow, that looks great. Personally, I’d be scared buying plans off ebay (could be anything), but I’m glad it worked out for you.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 05:23 AM

Good looking shed. No pics of the inside? :)

I need to get a shed up to clear out my garage as well. It’s a little troubling that you said yours cost 3500 bucks! I was planning on something a little smaller in size and a lot smaller in price, but otherwise similar in design. Congrats on having it completed.

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 12:46 PM

Did you take any of the inside? I thought, at first, it was going to be for woodworking shed, but with no power it would be need to be hand tool central.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 03:47 PM

wow – that is fantastic! although not the easiest of projects, sometimes stepping out of your element provides the best lessons.

looks like it turned out great. and for not too bad of a price..I see those advertised for WAY more than just what you spent on it (plus you got some good practice)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 04:04 PM

Very nice, I too just finished a shed and it took me all summer on weekends and mine was only 10×12.
I too used a Lowe’s book and got a Paslode framing nailer which made it all possible.
Shingling, well advancing 5” at a time was terrible as was the painting. Used a roller as I read bad reviews of all paint sprayers for the homeowner.
Did build my door 81”, so no issue there.
I like your design and I probably should have built a little bigger, but I don’t have a tractor so the 10×12 is okay.
Put my stuff from the garage in yesterday, so now I can expand the workshop a bit

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 05:26 PM

I’m in the process of building a 16’ x 8’ shed from scratch, I based it on 4 x sheets of stirling board that I used for the floor. windows were bought from a guy who installs double glazed units, so it will have double glazing and leaded windows, these are second hand and came out of another building and were destined for the tip. Double glazing installers are a good source for windows, if you don’t mind odd sizes.
The first long side was built on the shed floor and the and the second built on top of it. Theses were stood up and braced and the ridge pole mounted on two verticals and the rafters installed, I used a birds mouth method then used builders strapping to diagonally brace the whole shed, The roof is 1/2” stirling board, the roof is a bit out of true but who cares it will keep the rain out and get that dammed lawn mower out of my workshops, All that remains is to complete the roof covering, shiplap the walls and make a door.
I would recommend that any shed be made multiples of 8’ x 4’, this being the sheets used for the floor.

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 11:27 PM

Great job on your shed and $3500 total is very cheap; I couldn’t do it for that price here.

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 11:32 PM

Now thats a sweet and useable shed.I think there is no one whio would not like one like it albeit maybe in a different size to suit there own needs.I need exactly such a space to store my lunmber as it’s stored in my woodshop at present and I don’t like it’s abig drool from OLD Al LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 09-22-2009 06:42 PM

Just goes to show how much of a tight wad I am if everyone else says 3500 is cheap!

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 05:06 PM

Great job Tom! It looks like you did everything right. It appears to be very solid. Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 12-02-2011 12:53 AM

Very nice shed, I am planning on building me 12×16 shed/workshop.

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