Introduction: $1000 Backyard Workshop Shed

About: My name is Louis L. a Knife maker and so much more. Make sure to check out my Instagram @bitterbladeco and my YouTube Bitter Blade Co.

I just wanted to show in a little bit more detail what went into building my shop and how I did it. It is a 10'x10' wood-framed shop with a 1-foot drop shed style roof. Below I have included a list of the BASIC supplies I needed to buy. All the building materials roughly cost me $1000. And remember, Facebook market place and getting your name around can be your best friend. Remodeling jobs can be a perfect place to get used or even new supplies like doors and windows. I got mine from a friend who had leftovers from a construction site he was working on. You don't need to buy all the material if you are remorseful enough you can get all you need for free. TRASH PICK!

Above linked is a video giving a shop tour and talking about how I built it.


Circular saw

Drill/ Nailgun

Chop saw (optional)

tape measure

framing square


2x4s (32)

OSB Sheets (10)

T1-11 siding (10)

2x6 (20)



Roll out roof

Concrete Blocks

(not exact values)

Step 1: Platform

To start it is important to choose a spot of flat ground to put your shed on. Naturally I didn't do this. To start I framed a box out of 2x6s that was 10'x10' and lifted it up on blocks. Using a level I was able to determine how much it had to be raised and lowered in order to be perfectly level. After it was level I started nailing the floor joists 16" on center. (16" away from the other stud measuring from the centers) After the joists were nailed OSB was nailed ontop to be the floor.

Step 2: Framing the Walls

Since the roof needed a slant back one wall needed to be 1' longer than the others. Rather than doing that I framed all the walls the same length than built a 1' riser that I nailed to the front. I assembled the walls the same way I did the floor except I used 2x4s. The walls were framed, raised, and nailed directly to the floor. If you add windows and a door (you'll need a door) plan out the dimensions before raising the wall.

Step 3: Wall Siding

This step is very important, this is where I say I'm not a framer and people should learn from my mistakes. PUT SIDING UP BEFORE DOING ANY WORK FOR THE ROOF. The framed walls are very shaky and wobbly from side to side. Having siding over the studs really adds rigidity to the structure, reducing the side to side motion.

Step 4: Roof

For the roof, I used 12' long 2x6s and notched them to go across the walls. After that OSB sheets are laid and nailed across the rafters. On top of the OSB I laid tar paper than over the tar paper was asphalt roofing roll. Starting from the lowest point moving to the highest overlapping as I went.

Step 5: Paint and Finish!

I am no framer or master carpenter. And yes there are probably more in-depth instructions to framing. But I wanted to give a general showing of what I did. Also to show how you don't need a lot of money and tools to build a decent sturdy shop, structure, tiny house, shed, clubhouse, etc.

Thanks or sticking along!!

Make sure to check out my Instagram @bitterbladeco

and my YouTube @Bitter Blade Co.

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