|Forum topic by BobD||posted 10-20-2011 04:16 PM||1439 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
10-20-2011 04:16 PM
I want to build a lumber storage shed to store longer pieces of lumber probably no longer than 8 ft. the design I have in mind, due to space limitations, is a 10 ft long by 4 ft high x 20” deep. The shed will be built on 8 concrete piers using 2×4 lumber for framing (walls, roof, floor). The outside walls will be built with 3/4” 4” o.c. T111 plywood, The following is the troublesome part of the design….I would like the front of the shed to have an 8 ft. opening without vertical studs from bottom plate to top plate. This would facilitate the storing and retrieval of longer pieces of lumber. The opening will be covered by a canvas flap secured on the top by sandwiching between a 2×4 and 2×3. The bottom will be secured to the bottom plate using industrial velcro. Using doors (hinged, or sliding is not currently an option because of the limited space . The lumber shed will be only 24” behind my workshop. A very tight space indeed. For that reason, I want the front opening to be very accessible and not have any vertical stud supports if possible. The front will have two stub wall on each end about 1 ft long leaving an 8 ft opening.
Q1: Will an 8 ft top plate unsupported by vertical stubs eventually sag and or break? Or is this unsupported space a problem?
Q2. Can I reinforce the top plate by placing two 2×4s on edge and nail them together?
Q3/ Should I make the entire top plate out of 4×4 lumber in the first place to support the roof structure and the front opening?
-- Bob, San Diego