Super tool shed with free step by step instructions, blueprints, and a materials list. Post and beam construction for versatility, price, and simplicity. This basic design is perfect for safely keeping your tools where they should be.
The steps and images in these tool shed plans are by no means carved in stone. The very nature of this construction method allows for virtually unlimited variations. It is important to note however, that any changes will affect your project in some manner. Most of the time, these impacts do not amount to much. Sometimes they can be catastrophic.
Tool Shed Framing
Any of the projects on Pro Barn Plans will integrate with these tool shed plans. The most important to consider are the ones in the How to Build a Shed Category. If you have a parent building to add on to, then lean to sheds would would save you a great deal of time and money. Customizing a lean to shed, or even a wood shed based on our wood shed plans, so it can be used for in tool shed plans is really a matter of adding security; specifically walls and a locking door. Layout methods and post setting techniques are included in these other free plans.
As long as the building is close to rectangular, and the opening for the door is 5″ larger than the finished size (36″ + 5″ = 41″), then you are in good shape with the post layout. Remember that each post needs two braces (one for each axis). Always premix bagged concrete with water before pouring around posts. This three dimensional framing view differs from the other sheds on this site in that it shows a ceiling joist beside each rafter and 2 x 4 overhangs,
Framing for the walls with these tool shed plans is only a matter of nailing on girts. These are 2 x 4’s or 2 x 6’s running laterally on the walls parallel with the bands. In fact, the bands will serve as the top girts. A good layout method is to hook your tape measure on the top plate and mark each 24″ center (2′, 4′, 6′, 8′). Do this at each post. these marks are the top of each girt. Nail them on with three 12d ring shank, double dipped, galvanized nails.
The opening for the door is 5″ more than the actual door size. This leaves 3″ for two 1 1/2″ trimmers and 2″ for rough opening allowance. The top of the opening needs to be 81 1/2″ from the top of the finished floor. The best way to do this is simply stop the trimmers at this level and top them with another trimmer. Trimmers need to be 2 x 4’s. For more detail on this see Polebarn.
See Roof Rafters for step by step instructions for framing the sloping roof and How to Install a Metal Roof will guide you through laying the metal roofing. If you want a wooden floor then see Barn Loft | Floor Construction for details. If tools will be rolled in and out of the shed then you may want to see Build a Shed Ramp.
DIY Barn Door includes step by step instructions and images for building any size barn door from wood or metal. Information on hinges and latches.