building a small garden storage shed out of pinewood

A wooden garden storage shed is very useful for organizing your garden tools, your outdoor furniture, or other garden stuff. A few weeks ago we built a tiny garden house, using only 1 x 4 s. It was about 2 meters by 2 meters and 2,3 meters high at the top of the roof.

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Next, we will show you the steps we followed to build this small garden shed:

Making the boards for the garden shed walls

1. We started the project by buying pine wood timber. The boards were about 4 meters, and they had to be cut, planed and routed, because we wanted to use a mortise-and-tenon joint.

First, we cut all the boards to lengths for the walls, the roof, the corner pillars, the door and the sides of the door.

Then we straightened all the boards on all their faces (first on the wide faces using the thicknesser and then we squared one edge and planed the second one). They had to be the same thickness and the same width.

squaring and straighteningthe 1 x 4 s to build the garden tools shed
Preparing the 1 x 4 s for building the garden shed

2. We made the mortise and tenon for the walls and the floor using a simple T-type bearing router bit. We used that type of joint to be sure water won’t get through the walls.

we made the mortise and tenon for the floor and for the walls of the garden storage shed
Making the mortise and tenon

3. Using the same router fitted to the table and a simple 90-degree countersink drill bit, we also beveled the sharp edges to be sure the boards will fit nicely over time.

using a 90 degree countersink drill bit we beveled the sharp edges of the boards
We beveled the sharp edges using a 90-degree countersink drill bit

Building the corner pillars

4. When all the boards were prepared, we made the corner pillars. For that, we cut 8 boards into two pieces: 6 cm and 4 cm.

we cut 8 boards into two pieces to build the corner pillars of the garden tools shed
Cutting the boards into two pieces

5. To make sure the edges were straight, we planed them.

we planed the edges of the cut pieces to be sure they would be straight
Planing the edges to be sure the edges were straight

6. For each wall of the house, we built 2 pillars using glue and screws for tightening the boards. The screws would help in the future to keep them strong in case the glue would fail. We made them using two 6 cm boards and one 4 cm board which was placed in the middle. That way we made a slot for the wall boards. We shifted them to fit the routed board of the frame.

we made the sides of the wall frames of the garden shed using glue and screws
Building the sides of the wall frames with glue and screws

7. Then we glued them two by two to make the corner pillars of the shed and screwed them to be more durable over time.

we built the corner pillars of the garden tools storage shed
Making the corner pillars of the garden storage shed

Making the roof boards

8. We cut a recess into some of the roof boards to build the shape of the roof and to gain inside height for the storage shed.

we made cutouts into the roof boards
Cutout into a roof board

The rest of the boards were kept to cover the roof.

Installing the garden storage shed

Installing the garden storage shed on site was a little bit harder because we didn’t have any power tools but only a cordless drill.

the boards were prepared to build the garden tools storage shed
The boards needed for building the garden shed

We installed the frame of the garden shed on a stable paved foundation.

we started to install the storage shed on a stable paved foundation
The paved foundation

9. First, we installed the frame of the shed using screws and glue.

we first installed the frame of the garden storage shed
Installing the frame of the storage shed

10. Then, we installed the floor of the storage shed using the tenon and mortise. We also screwed them to the frame.

we installed the floor using the mortise and tenon boards and screws
Installing the floor of the wooden shed

11. After the floor was installed, we assembled the walls quickly and easily fitting the boards in their slots and making sure they fitted tight to each other.

we installed the walls of the outdoor tools shed using the tenon and mortise
Installing the walls of the outdoor shed

12. In the same way, we installed the side walls of the storage shed door.

we assembled the sides of the door using the same method
The sides of the door

13. We connected the boards of the roof with some wood pieces cut to shape. We also used glue and screws to connect them.

we connected the boards of the roof with some pieces cut to shape
Connectors for the boards of the roof

14. Then, we attached them to the walls with screws using the previous cutouts to help us install them easier.

we assembled the roof of the outdoor storage shed
Installing the roof of the storage shed

15. After that, we screwed all the boards to cover the entire roof.

we screwed all the boards of the shed roof
Assembling the roof

16. In the end, we fitted the shingles to cover the roof and protect the shed from the water.

we covered the roof top with shingles
Covering the roof with shingles

17. The last thing we had to do was to build the door out of the same type of board (mortise and tenon).

using the same type of boards we made a simple door for the outdoor storage shed
Making the simple door

We also put some decorative strips of pinewood.

the simple garden storage shed
The tools storage shed

In the end, the storage shed was sanded and finished with oil:

the outdoor storage shed was finished with oil
2 by 2 outdoor storage shed
how to make a small garden house for storing tools
The wooden garden shed was made out of pinewood

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