Shed 8 x 12

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Project by missingdigitworkshop posted 09-12-2010 08:38 PM 10585 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shed is finally finished. It took me a month but it is done.

3/4 Treated decking on 2×6 Treated joist set on 16” centers
16” on center walls
24” on center trusses
48” Door opening with 24” double doors
4×8 stranded ply with factory primer
1×4 trim on all exposed joints
Asphalt shingles on 1/2” ply decking

Big thanks to my kids and neighbors.

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 08:56 PM

Nice looking shed.

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 09:47 PM

Very nice. This looks so much better than those kit sheds or pre-made sheds people buy. Most of the pre-made sheds don’t even use 2×4s. They use 2×3s.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 11:25 PM

I like the nice clean lines, good work. If that were mine, I would have to leave the doors open from all the crap I would have stuffed in there. That reminds me, I need to build another shed!

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 11:32 PM

The pictures make it look soo simple. What was the cost of material?
Thanks for sharing the stats on the structure.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 12:38 AM

Way to go. You did a nice job on the roof trusses.

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 02:03 AM

great looking shed!

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 03:42 AM

Hi Missing,

Hate to be the bearer of critiques.
Rather than use trusses for such a small structure. it would be better to learn how to cut rafters. No need for a ceiling joist. Collar tie is all that is needed to retain the side walls.
Height width ratio is out of proportion. If you make the walls a little shorter the stranded ply would cover the rim joist and tie the walls to floor,much stronger structure. Height from the top plate to the bottom of the rim joist could be 8 feet. Helps with the overall appearance as well.
Doors need some diagonal cords to stop sagging and for looks.
A 48” door is more useful and you don’t have to worry about two doors hitting your back when it’s windy. 3/4 ply with a frame works well, the ply stay square and the frame resists twisting if you put thin ply on the inside and build a torsion box door. Glued and screwed.
Ask a kid to draw a house or a shed, and they will inevitable draw a steeper pitch roof probably 6 in12 or 8 in 12.They look better on a small structure.
The golden ratio 1.61 looks best for lots structures if you can use it.
Good start but play with a few different idea’s next time.

Hope this helps, good to see you built it rather than bought it.

Thanks jb


-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 05:07 AM

Hippockets: It cost just about 1,000. The most expensive part was the siding. It was a fun project and now the garage can actually be use for some woodworking.

Rimfire: Thanks for the tips. This is my second shed and I’m sure not my last so I’ll keep your suggestions in mind.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 02:42 PM

looks great, can i put some of my stuff in there? :)

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#10 posted 09-17-2010 04:02 PM

Nice shed, I tried to take the easy way out about 3 years go and I just made a wooden base and put up a steel shed. I hate it. Probably next year I’m going to tear it down and build a new shed on the existing base.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 04:18 PM

missingdigit, I have six sheets of brand new siding and I need a shed about this size. If it wouldn’t be too much trouble what was your cost without the siding? I know that I’ll still need more than 6 sheets but it would make it easier to play around with the cost in my mind. You did a great job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 09-23-2010 04:42 AM

Helluvawreck: 11 sheets at 252.67

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 04:44 AM

looks great, can i put some of my stuff in there? :)

LOL :)


Nice shed.

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#14 posted 07-22-2014 07:26 PM

Very well done.

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