Storage Shed

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Project by Cato posted 10-04-2009 04:55 PM 2513 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally have completed my 10×12 storage shed. It’s taken me the summer working on weekends to do it, but I was in no rush.

This was the first time I had done any structure framing, besides building a deck, so it was a good learning experience, especially the rafters, birdsmouth cuts, ridge, roofing and shingling. It was also my first time using a framing nailer, and when working by yourself I found this to be an indispensable tool. Also toe nailing has always been my least favorite nailing, and with the Paslode nailer I bought for this project it was a breeze.

It’s not a large shed but it holds all the garden tools nicely, and gets them out of my garage workshop so that I can expand my workspace, which was the whole point in building it. Now I can rearrange my shop this fall and winter and set it up better.

The shed still has some minor trim under the eaves that I will add at some point, as well as building a potting table for my wife, and maybe some type of lattice to hide the foundation blocks, but for the main part it is done and time for the next project!!

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#1 posted 10-04-2009 05:25 PM

Nice job Cato, I know it will come in handy for you.

-- Senior Chief

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#2 posted 10-04-2009 05:49 PM

This is nice, Cato. Getting the garden tools out of your shop will free up some space for more woodworking tools!! Plus this gives you a place to store things as well. Invariably my wife always looks to my shop space when she needs to store something. I wish I had a shed like this. It would help circumvent “discussions” over where to store things for the winter. And, of course, it is always nice to learn something new.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-04-2009 05:53 PM

Great job!!! I know the need…I have a one car garage…so we built a shed in june and WOW…now I have some breathing room with all the camping gear and yard tools out of the garage…now I can say I have a workshop!!

I love the colors on yours…and the window is great…we went with no window and I am thinking we should have put one in…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 10-04-2009 06:35 PM

My situation is crying out for one, possibly two of those!

Very nice work!

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#5 posted 10-04-2009 09:09 PM

Great looking shed.

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#6 posted 10-04-2009 09:40 PM

Very cool. Nicely done!

Are you able to list any “learnings” from along the way? I’m committed (or should be!) to building out half of our basement … eventually … and have /never/ done /any/ of the elements that I know I’ll face.

Any stuff you learned the ‘hard way’ that you wish you knew before you started??


-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 10-04-2009 11:25 PM

Thanks guys, it was more work than I thought starting out.

Scott- Yep, you’re right on track. I have been eyeing the other half of the 2 car garage, as I want to get a DC unit, planer, jointer, and maybe retire the RAS for one of those sliding miters. This will give me that room to expand.

Nbeener- I learned when framing the walls that 16” centers means starting from the previous wall that you just put up!! I laid them out on the platform on 16’s tilted them in place and repeated the process, and thought everything was cool, until I started to put the T1-11 siding on and started scratching my head, then laughed. Had to shoot in two extra nailing studs on each of the end walls to join the siding together.

Otherwise it wasn’t too bad and I used a book from Lowe’s on framing houses as a reference to each portion of the project.

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 02:47 AM

Cato, Great shed. Good job, you should be proud!

Hey NBeene, if you plan on framing or building a wall of any kind, buy the Paslode framing nailer. If you plan to finish the inside with molding, also buy the finish nailer. They sell them together or separate at lowes and home depot. It is the greatest tool I’ve ever used!!! I’m sure Cato will agree.


-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#9 posted 10-05-2009 05:39 AM

Thanks for the tips, Tom. I’ll look into the Paslode.

You did a great job! Have fun loading it up!

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 11:52 PM

Great looking shed. You did a very nice job on it. thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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