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The Ten Dollar Wood Shed

The Ten Dollar Wood Shed

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The Ten Dollar WoodShed
by Robert White
This article first appeared on theCottage and Country Home Plans web page
The shed above was built from these plans by Ted from Montreal.
Spring is the best time to build awood shed, when the importance of having one is still fresh in your mindand when a whole summer's dryingtime lies ahead. A wood shed is alsoa great first project for the novicecarpenter. It is not usually subject to building codes or permits, nor does itrequire a great investment in time or money. Use the following plan andinstructions only as a starting point.Simply heed the following design principles, then plunge in with your own expression of the wood- butcher's craft. Be creative withmaterials that you have on hand.
This shed was built by David from Pennsylvania. Looks like more than tenbucks worth.
 
There are only three main designfactors in the creation of a goodwood shed: shelter, ventilationand access. If your design makes provision for these factors, it willwork. It also helps if you designit into half-cord sections. Thisallows you to easily keep track of the amount of wood youconsume, or have delivered. Acord of wood is the amount of wood, loosely stacked,occupying a volume 4' x 4' x 8' -the adjacent design will easilyhold one full cord. For proper stock rotation, use up one sectioncompletely before starting on thenext. That way you won't end upwith all your seasoned stuff atthe back, buried under a newload of green wood!
Jean from Quebec built this shed based on these plans. Nice job.
The basic post and beam framework for this wood shed took less than one day for one person (with occasional assistance) to erect, and cost less than $10 in materials for theframework.Making use of small diameter (6") logs from your property or the beach will save moneyand provides that genuine rustic look. First, peel the bark from the logs to eliminate bark  beetle habitat - use a garden spade or hatchet - and knock off any branch stubs. Makerecesses for the posts as shown.The posts are attached to the beam while both are lying flat on the ground. Nail thestrapping first to the post then roll the post so that the strapping lies beneath. Next, placethe beam on top of the strapping. Bend the strapping up and around the beam and nail tothe other side of the post. A half-dozen 1-1/2" galvanized nails will secure things nicely.Raise each post and beam assembly onto foundation rocks, then add bracing till thestructure stands rigidly in place. Discrepancies in height can be evened out by packingdirt and sand under the lowest rock, or by scooping out beneath the highest one.The roofing framework is your option. The structure shown uses full 8 foot 2 x 4's,spaced 24 inches apart. They can be covered with plywood or slats, then asphalt roll-roofing or shingles. Or, for a sunny, bright interior, use corrugated fibreglass panelsnailed to wavy nailing strips. What else do you have for roofing? Recycled sheet metalroofing? Hand-split shakes. Sheet metal cut from junked car roofs and fridges?
 
On my roof I dispensed with the 2 x 4's and used slab lumber - that's the lumber producedduring the first cut of a log - which I picked up free from a local mini-mill operation. It iscurved on one side, and is of variable width and thickness. I evened it all up with woodcutoffs for shims, then covered it with fibreglass sheets that someone was throwing out. Iused more slab lumber, split into narrower widths, for slatted walls. Spaced slats, verticalor horizontal, are important to the proper ventilation of a woodshed. Two finishingtouches: A layer of plastic on the floor will block dampness from coming up from theground. And stack the firewood on lumber off-cuts for good air circulation under your woodpile. 

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