North American Colonial style shed

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Project by MonteCristo posted 06-11-2012 07:25 PM 2696 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The trend in North American when it comes to outdoor sheds is those tacky plastic jobs from big box stores. I wanted something more attractive than that, something stronger and more durable too. This shed is based on one I saw in a Tauton Press book called “Building A Shed”. I framed it for windows but right now it’s for wood storage and there are no windows. I also beefed up the doors to make sure they wouldn’t sag over time. The shed is about 12 ft x 18 ft. The roof has a 40 degree (off the horizontal) pitch.

The cladding is Old Growth Western Red Cedar, a good weather resistant outdoor wood. I made my own V-joint tongue and groove siding using CMT router bits. The finish is a semi-transparent stain (does not flake and is easy to rejuvenate).

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 08:18 PM

Now that to me is a beautiful shed. I’d love to have one like that right outside of my shop. My wood and jigs almost chokes my little shop. I hope to maybe get a shed sometime this year. Your shed is beautiful to my eyes.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 09:00 PM

Thanks. We like looking at them too (I ended up building 4 of them !). Up here the cost of the plastic ones is almost as much as it cost me to build one of these (maybe $2000). Sure, it was quite a bit of work, as everything is screwed together with 3 or 3.5 inch decking screws (2 inch on the roof sheathing) but it will look good for years and age fairly gracefully. The plastic ones soon become an eye sore (at least to my eye). . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 01:41 AM

Great build. I also have the “Building A Shed” book and it has some great ideas to get the juices flowing. I also agree that if you are going to have an out building it should compliment its surroundings and not look like some giant plastic leggo. Your shed definitely is first class.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 02:55 AM

Hi luv2learn:

Great analogy! They do look like giant plastic lego. Even the metal ones look better, but of course wood looks best !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 07:01 AM

Gorgeous detail.
I serously doubt if those doors will ever rack or sag. Excellent build!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 02:40 PM

Great build. Like it a lot.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 06-12-2012 02:47 PM

Nice shed!

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#8 posted 06-12-2012 04:32 PM

!00% better than the plastic ones! I would make one even if it cost more. Great workmanship and your right it will last for yrs! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 06-12-2012 10:36 PM

“good enough rarely is”....certainly doesn’t apply here. Very well constructed. Great materials. This should be a project you are always proud of.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 06-16-2012 04:02 AM

Now THAT is ONE NICE SHED. Built the way it is suppose to be built. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Scott in Texas

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#11 posted 08-25-2012 02:29 AM

Nice shed! I just finished using the same book for a shed in my yard.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#12 posted 08-25-2012 02:37 AM

That’s a beautiful job!

I used cedar on an adition on my house. The carpenter bees LOVED it. I hope you don’t have the same problem.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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