The best part of finding out how to build a wood shed is finding a source of many, many plans to choose from. It’s best to find sources of large quantities of plans because there are no one-size-fits-all blueprints that can conform to everyone’s needs. You can find some sources online that offer hundreds of blueprints, even those that can provide plans numbering in the thousands.
But while the basics of how to build a wood shed starts with the plans you will use, providing a clear path to follow in building one, you need to understand that not all plans and blueprints are created equal. The fact of the matter is, with some plans, things can get a bit left out… for instance, let’s say that you’ve found some “plans” in a deck and shed building publication found in the book section of your favorite home supply center. Often with these, they are merely schematics, and not true plans per se, which had they been so, would show you the stages of construction in a step by step manner.
When setting out to learn how to build a wood shed, you need to start from the ground up – not just in the building of the structure itself, but in the preparations of all of the tools you need as well, and that includes the very first and most important tools out of all of them, which are your plans and blueprints. These should not be of a poor quality but should be professionally put together for the purposes of building a structure of solid, sound construction. With the right blueprints, you can build a shed that can stand up to the grueling tests of weather, time, wear and tear.
One of the best ways to learn how to build a wood shed is to follow the instructions from someone who has already built many of the exact same design. This way you can learn what they already learned from their own mistakes instead of learning from making them yourself.
A wooden skid foundation is comparatively easier to build than a concrete foundation. Let us see now how it is built. Once the spot has been selected, a bed of gravel is prepared which will provide a flat stable surface which causes any water to drain well, and keep the timbers dry. Two or more wood beams or landscape timbers are set on this bed of gravel. These become the skids. Let us look into how the structure on top of this is built. The floor is built on top of this, and nailed to the skids to keep it in place. The remaining part is built on top of this structure. The timber used for making the skids should be treated for ground contact. It is a normal practice to make angled cuts on the ends. This is done for decoration, and moreover, this makes it easier to move or skid the shed to a new location, if necessary. Good plans would be able to provide more information on how to build these.
If you want to build a shed for your garden, you first need to determine your requirements, whether you want it for storing just few things like kids toys etc. or you also want to store some big things out there. Then, the size of your shed also depends on the location where you want to install it. The location is very important; it should be an easily accessible place. It is good to build a garden shed directly on the ground and avoiding any kind of platform, however you can build a thin layer of concrete base as the wooden sheds when placed directly on the ground, they are prone to rotting. It is very important that you protect your shed from getting damaged by the weather changes. You can use proper coatings and varnishes. Most of the people pain their shed for the protection against the whether.
Learning how to build your own wood shed is a great way to give yourself the extra space you’ve been needing. With the proper planning and motivation you will be able to make your shed last for decades to come.