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Project by kiefer posted 06-15-2011 10:47 PM 7868 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi I am new to garden tenders and would like to share some garden projects with you and be glad to answer questions about building.
Here is my first post

This my idea of a very easy to build and also very efficient space saving way to build a small shed.
After looking at metal vinyl and the common sheds build with stud walls I decided to give my idea a try.
My wife wanted a bit more privacy for our fire pit patio and I wanted the lawn mower ETC. out of the garage.
I started with a pressure treated 2×4” frame 10×3 foot for the base and build the walls out of 1/2” sheathing
plywood reinforcing the seams with a 6” plywood strip glued and stapled ,then I applied 1” strips and 1×4” spruce boards to give it a board and batten rustic look .
The door opening is reinforced with a couple 2×4” and the rafters are 2×4” with a plywood gusset plate on both sides at the peak to give strength .

The rafters are notched into the wall and held in place with metal rafter clips and glued and screwed in place.
The roof sheathing is 1/2” plywood covered with tar paper and rubber shakes a roofing company had left over from a project.
For the doors I used a piece of 1/2 ” plywood and 1×6” spruce on both sides to make a frame and panel look set of doors holding it all together with construction adhesive and staples .
The doors are on heavy gate hinges repainted brown to match the the small garden fence around our flower beds and a simple slide bolt at the top holds the doors closed and out of reach of the little grand kids .
The floor is concrete mixed in the wheel barrel and holds this shed down real nice .
This was a fun project to build in the shop and simple to move in place by dismantling it and reassembling it in place then putting on the shakes .
For the outside finish i used my belt sander to roughen up the plywood and battens to give it a rough sawn look and a coat of stain.

I also made a small lattice for a clematis on the gable end by simply adding 1×1” strips on the battens .

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posted 06-16-2011 04:37 AM

welcome to GardenTenders :)

What a great space to old the garden stuff. And beautiful to look at – so much better than any metal or plastic storage units. The added trellis at the end takes it from a shed to a garden addition.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-16-2011 08:21 AM

Very good construction. Often we don’t need huge hulking garden sheds, when all we need is a place for a few tools, and the garden itself often dictates the size needed. My garden shed ( search garden clock here ) is quite small as well, but it does what I want it to do – hide an ugly wheel barrel, etc.

Thanks for posting.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 06-16-2011 08:24 AM

Your shed is attractive and useful, the perfect combination.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 06-17-2011 11:46 AM

Welcome to GardenTenders glad you have joined us to share all your great ideas.Nice looking shed.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-19-2011 11:08 AM

Welcome to GardenTenders, nice to have you with us :-)
your projects are wonderful, thanks for sharing!!

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 03-28-2014 11:55 PM

Consider adding shade sail or vinyl big type umbrella beside that tools room.. an din fact the area seems to be a good place to relax while the right breeze flowing. Sun sail or shade sail are design to penetrates heat because of the special coated acrylic that bumps heat upward and also its factors of waterproof is also a great idea why you need to have that. Anyway, check those roof and patio coverings are various styles and designs.

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posted 12-02-2014 08:58 PM

You have just installed better door in that garden garage house than the type of door we are using,.

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