Storage Shed

This 12 X 18-foot shed is designed to provide additional family storage space, as well as providing practical experience in basic pole construction. No attempt has been made to detail the design for a specific need, but it could be adapted or fitted out for housing animals or poultry kept on a smaller scale than the Stock Barn plans (Page 58) would provide for. Or the Shed might be used as a workshop of greater scope than allowed in the Garage-Tool Shed in plans on Page 63. The poles need not be larger than 7 inches at the base for this small building, but all other directions and suggestions in the preceding text should be followed. The best roofing for this type of building considering the shallow slope is “double-coverage” roll roofing. Roughly half of each three foot strip is smooth tar-coated and the balance has a crushed mineral surface. Start at the lower side of the roof with the smooth portion of a length of the roll. (The coated half will be used to finish at the peak of the roof.) Cement this down with quick-setting asphalt cement, trimming to the roof edges. A full strip is now laid over this and nailed at the top edge in two 8 inch rows with nails 12 inches apart. Trim at edges, leaving 1/4 to 3/8 inch overhang. Continue on to the peak of the roof, finishing with the balance of the first strip.

The siding can be any of several textured plywoods, such as texture 1-11, or tongue and groove siding, or the board and batten type. Windows are difficult to build, and it will be easier to buy some from a salvage building material yard or one of the various stock sizes from a lumber yard.

When locating the pole for the hinged side of the Storage Shed’s door, allow a liberal distance to accommodate the door and frame. As noted on Page 37, the taper of poles often varies, and it is better to build with shims to the required doorframe width than to find the pole is too close.


STORAGE SHED, CUT-AWAY VIEW

Since siding is applied to the shed pole exteriors, the poles are aligned to keep their outside faces vertical.

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