Garden storage shed made out of 1 x 4 s
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. To make sure the edges were straight, we planed them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We installed the frame of the garden shed on a stable paved foundation.
9. First, we installed the frame of the shed using screws and glue.
10. Then, we installed the floor of the storage shed using the tenon and mortise. We also screwed them to the frame.
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.
12. In the same way, we installed the side walls of the storage shed 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.
14. Then, we attached them to the walls with screws using the previous cutouts to help us install them easier.
15. After that, we screwed all the boards to cover the entire roof.
16. In the end, we fitted the shingles to cover the roof and protect the shed from the water.
17. The last thing we had to do was to build the door out of the same type of board (mortise and tenon).
We also put some decorative strips of pinewood.
In the end, the storage shed was sanded and finished with oil: