The Progressive Farmer designed this 8- x 10-foot potting shed. We built one, minus the overhang, in three days. The 6-foot overhang extends the working area outside. Three windows let in natural light. A Dutch door lets in fresh air, while keeping the dog out of the shed. There are three countertops - two inside and one under the overhang. The shed cost approx. $1,100 to build.
This instructable will provide you with a general overview of this shed. For more detailed instructions you can click here to download the plans we designed for free.
A materials guide is listed in step #11.
Step 1: Base and Corner Posts
Step 2: Posts
Step 3: Walls
Step 4: Windows
Step 5: Roof Rafters
Step 6: Rafter Ends
Step 7: Roofing
Step 8: Roofing
Step 9: Doors
Step 10: More Door Information
We installed a center piece for additional support.
Use an X-shaped decorative trick to install the heavy-duty hinges. Make arrow-shaped cuts in the ends of 1- x 4-inch boards so they fit tightly into the door corners. Where the second board crosses the first, use a speed square to make tight-fitting cuts.
The X-detail creates extra space to attach the hinges. A simple lock connects the door halves.
Step 11: Materials
Build the side walls from 2- x 4-inch lumber. To reduce cutoffs, build the walls 8 feet tall. You will need two additional 2 x 4s for each wall at the top of the stud frame and two for the ground plate at the bottom. Make sure any material that comes into contact with the ground is treated.
Attach sidewalls to four 6- x 6-foot posts. The posts are set into the ground with concrete. You'll need at least two 80-pound bags for each hole (more for deeper holes to account for frost). Remember, there are six holes, including two for support posts for the overhang.
Make rafters from 2- x 6-inch lumber, attached on 16-inch centers. If the shed is 10 feet long, you'll need sixteen 2- x 6-inch boards that are 10 feet long (to account for the rafters overhanging the side walls).
Use two, 2- x 8-inch boards to support the overhang. These are attached to the two posts.
Use eleven to twelve 4- x 8-foot sheets for the T-111 siding on an 8 x 10 shed. You'll need five 3/4-inch, 4- x 8-foot sheets of treated plywood and roofing paper for a shingled roof.
Get 3-inch and 1 1/4-inch screws and roofing nails for fasteners.
Talk to your gravel supplier for an estimate on the crushed limestone you'll need.
General assortment of John Deere hand tools
How big should your potting shed be? Before you build, lay onto the ground the tools, equipment and storage you'll actually include in the shed. Include additional work space for yourself and a second person. The space between a shelf and sidewall should measure about the width of your outstretched arms.
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