Cedar Colonial Shed

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Project by djm555 posted 06-28-2011 02:16 AM 8756 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past two years, I’ve managed to run out of room in my garage and decided to build a shed. I found the plans for this particular shed in a book titled “Building a Shed” by Joseph Truini. It’s part of Taunton’s Build Like a Pro series. The plans are available from Better Barns Hardware ( They also sell the sash windows and door hardware that I used. A neighbor and my brother helped with much of the framing. It took a team of four to place the gable ends. I did much of the finish work myself.

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 02:19 AM

Very sharp looking. Well done!

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 02:29 AM

That’s one nice looking shed!!

-- Scott in Texas

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 02:36 AM

what did you finish this with?

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 03:26 AM

Chris & scarpenter002,

Thanks for the compliments.


It’s finished with Sikkens Cetol products.

I sanded everything with 80 grit using a r.o. sander and then applied one coat of Cetol 1, followed by two coats of Cetol 23. At least o/n drying between coats.

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 03:35 AM

Very cool, something like this would probably help to convince my wife that sheds are cool.

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 01:56 PM

Now that’s a tool shed you can be proud of. Great job.

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#7 posted 06-28-2011 02:12 PM

Gorgeous… and it looks pretty big, too. I love that the wood shines through so well.

-- Nate, Harvard, MA

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 02:27 PM

Beautiful job! It looks just like the one in the book! I do CAD/Sketchup work for Better Barns, they are a great company. I built the 12×16 Plywood sided version of this shed with the gable extensions…I had a 5 man crew working when we put up my roof trusses!


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#9 posted 06-28-2011 08:33 PM

Very, Very professional looking. What type of wood is that?

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#10 posted 06-28-2011 08:35 PM

Wow, it’s very handsome. Really nice work. I’m glad you paid for the cedar and not me;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 06-28-2011 09:41 PM


It’s western red cedar. This gives me a chance to put in a plug for the local lumberyard that provided all of the cedar. The guys at Braundera are great.


I was really impressed with everything that I received from Better Barns. That’s cool that you get to work with them.


My fiancee has been very patient with me for the past several months. I couldn’t have done it without her support.

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#12 posted 06-29-2011 01:56 AM

Very well done. I built my shed from the same book but went with the more basic plan because I’ll be leaving it in a few years. When I move, I’ll build to this plan. The book is very good for folks like me without a lot of building experience. The steeper pitch roofs really add some style although they are a little tricky to shingle. Are you storing wood in the collar ties like I am?

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#13 posted 06-29-2011 04:45 AM

I cut out the center truss bottom chord and framed the opening, then I decked the truss chords with 9 dollar a sheet HD 1/2” plywood…now my barn has a loft that almost doubled the storage…


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#14 posted 06-29-2011 04:57 AM

Great suggestion, David. I’m still working on the interior. I encourage you to do a post on your shed, so I can borrow more of your ideas!


I haven’t finished the interior. Post some photos of your shed if you get a chance.

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#15 posted 06-29-2011 06:14 AM

that is GORGEOUS… I’m so jealous.

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