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Here's an attractive addition to your farmstead or land. What's more, you get space to pursue your gardening dreams.

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.

 
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Step 1: Base and Corner Posts

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Here's a good method for setting the corner posts. Nail together four lengths of lumber mirroring the footprint of the shed. Square the frame. Then use the corners of the footprint to mark locations for the corner posts. Here, crushed limestone is the base. Spread a 3-inch layer before building begins.

Step 2: Posts

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This potting shed is anchored by a half-dozen, concreted 6- x 6-inch posts (four corners and two for the overhang). The shed walls are 8 feet tall. Add additional length equalling the depth of your holes. Remember to sink them below the frost line. The holes should be twice as wide as the post.

Step 3: Walls

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Stud walls are made from 2- x 4-inch treated lumber on 16-inch centers. Frame in rough openings for windows and the door. The walls are attached to the posts and level across the bottom. Space under the bottom of the wall is filled with crushed limestone. T-111 siding is used to cover the shed.

Step 4: Windows

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The potting shed includes three aluminum-clad, double-hung windows. These windows bring in plenty of light to help you work. When open, they allow for great cross ventilation. The inexpensive windows we used also have an attractive, two-over-two style.

Step 5: Roof Rafters

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A 2- x 6-inch ridge beam is used to support the roof rafters. The 2- x 6-inch rafters are installed 16 inches on center. Use birdsmouth cuts to attach the rafters to the side walls. And remember to let the rafters run at least a foot past the edge of the wall.

Step 6: Rafter Ends

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The rafter ends here extend past the edge of the shed's overhang. We used decorative cuts to fashion those ends and add an attractive touch. Supporting these rafter ends are 2- x 8-inch boards that are attached to the overhang support posts

Step 7: Roofing

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Because this potting shed is covered with metal roofing, nailing boards are installed perpendicular to the roof rafters on 12-inch centers. If you use regular shingles, you'll want to attach 3/4-inch sheets of treated plywood and roofing paper. Don't use roofing paper with cedar shingles.

Step 8: Roofing

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Two- x 8-inch facia boards are attached to the edges of the roof. Notice that there is some unevenness of the seams where pieces of T-111 join. This is not unusual. The seams are covered later with pieces of 1- x 4-inch trim boards.

Step 9: Doors

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These Dutch doors are simple to build. First, build a 2- x 4-inch frame that matches the dimensions of the door opening. Square it. Then attach a piece of siding to this half-door frame. See next step for detailed info. on these doors.

Step 10: More Door Information

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On the back side of the door half, sandwich a second 2- x 4-inch frame.
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

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The materials necessary to complete this potting shed depend on the size shed you build. (See guide to choosing the size right for you at the bottom of this page) Here are some tips to help you plan your materials list:

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.

Tools:
Circular Saw
Chainsaw
Battery-Powered Drills
Compressor
Generator
General assortment of John Deere hand tools
Extension Cords

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.

Thank You for viewing this instructable. We hope you enjoyed it!

Step 12: Pictures

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Here are some more pictures of the potting shed:
bandara1 year ago
Nice, can we use bamboo for wall.
valcider1 year ago
Beautifully done!
temper2 years ago
Beautiful, how much did it cost? In Oz I would estimate about $20,000,,,
ninjatails2 years ago
Frost line? What's a frost line? I live in Texas ;)
landru3 years ago
how do I know where the frost line is?
You could ask in a local DIY store, I guess. Your local contractors also should have a good idea.
wobbler3 years ago
Just a Potting Shed? My house looks worse than this!
ManuBell3 years ago
Great job, awesome idea not for potting shed only but as garden storage and tool warehouse :)
sunshiine3 years ago
This shed is sooooooooooooo beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a Happy Spring.
Sunshiine
tinker2343 years ago
cool i might use this as a workshop qusiton how could i add the post if i allready have a slab
Howdy! I like the old style look of the dark" 2 over 2" windows with aluminum cladding. Can't make out name on sticker. Can you supply mfg. name ,style ,and /or supplier,please? Thanks!
cindi594 years ago
Thank you so much for the pdf! I so wanted to build this last summer but passed because I didn't have the information! Next summer I will be ready!
Photosbydon4 years ago
I am new here so not sure this will work but will try to upload the pdf for this.
Thanks, I have it saved now. I am so gonna love having this shed!
Photosbydon4 years ago
If anyone needs the plans I have it on a pdf, I found from another connection today
Kiteman5 years ago
I clicked the "download here" link, and found no sign of the plans.

:-(
Ditto.

Did anyone download the plans before they disappeared?
orksecurity5 years ago
Apparently the full plans are subscriber-only content on the progressivefarmer.com website. Somewhat vexing.

Reminder to anyone planning to build a shed: Check local zoning laws before you finalize your plans and start spending money. You may need a construction permit, or there may be flood-control rules you have to meet. The size of the shed may affect which, if any, of these rules kick in. Always check with your Local Authority Having Jurisdiction.
Joyusnoise6 years ago
Plenty solid ! good instructable Thanks
What a lovely, sweet little shed! It looks like a lot of hard work went into making it. Fantastic! :D
foobear7 years ago
very very cute! Did you have to get a building permit to do it? So cute!
GeeDeeKay7 years ago
Great project! How is the floor finished? Is it just a dirt floor, or is it raised?
BeDub7 years ago
Thanks for this great Instructable. Can I ask what finish you used for the siding and roof?
Beautiful shed. You make it look so easy! Any idea of aproximate materials cost for this project?
Thanks for adding this! I am an extremely unoganized person so, seeing how well you can arrange things in there is much appreciated.
this shed is so adoreable. Do you have any pics of the inside?
Thanks! I have added some more pictures of the shed as Step #12.
shortbus7 years ago
awesome
Great job, you add in a lot of thought to your work, I love all your stuff.
lebowski7 years ago
Nice work. You can also attach PDF's directly to your Instructable. Just upload them along with your images.