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Double Wide Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed

November 11, 2013 |
posted by moosmani
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Double Wide Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed
Double Wide Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed
Double Wide Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed
Double Wide Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed
Double Wide Cedar Fence Picket Storage Shed
About This Project

I read and studied every comment and brag post about this shed. I must have read the plans a hundred times before I got up the courage to tackle it. It’s a very attractive and affordable shed design. I thought a double wide version would be perfect for our long, narrow side yard, and it is!

I mostly stuck to the plans except for a few things. I made it 10” taller overall so there would be plenty of head clearance under the doorway. That was a very easy modification. I used 2x4s for the walls instead of 2x2s because we have high winds in our area. That modification was a little bit more challenging, but I planned it out and it worked! Also I used 2x6s for the headers instead of 2x4s. I also added 2x4s at the thresholds because I couldn’t image making it stay square without them.

I basically made two sheds joined by a common wall in the center. I did not increase the depth, mostly because I was afraid to mess with the angles and how that would change the pitch of the roof. Joining two sheds together meant that I didn’t have to put the exterior pickets on the middle wall. But it also meant that I had to build 4 doors. Yuck. They were difficult to get lined up and level, but I was amazed it actually worked and that all the doors operate properly and smoothly. I was questioning the wisdom of my decision to do 4 doors while I was in the thick of it, but now that all the work is done, I love that I can open all 4 doors and have easy access to absolutely everything in the shed. Very convenient!

I told my dad I was building a shed and he recommend that I add cross braces. It seemed sturdy enough without them but it certainly can’t hurt. My dad knows everything about building and I know nothing, so I took his recommendation.

If I were to do this again, I would overlap the cedar pickets by 1” instead of ½”. My pickets were not quite wide enough. I could swear they shrunk after I applied the stain/uv protection. I used liquid nails along each lap but it didn’t hold. Where the glue DID hold tight, the wood split lengthwise. Anyway, for whatever reason, gaps appeared and I spent a fortune on clear silicon applied on the interior walls to make it water tight. I had to keep going back for “just one more tube.” So with hind sight I would have been better off just buying a few more pickets and increasing the overlap.

Another thing I might do is make it deeper. I decided against it initially because I was worried that increasing the depth would make it flimsy. Now I don’t think that would be a problem. This shed is sturdy.

I can’t say thank you enough. Great plans and a great website! I am completely hooked.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
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Love it!

You did an amazing job here! Thanks for sharing!

posted by Ana White | on Mon, 2013-11-11 10:20

Thank you Ana! I can't thank

Thank you Ana! I can't thank you enough for introducing me to the best hobby ever. Your plans are the best!

posted by moosmani | on Mon, 2013-11-11 17:51

Estimated Cost

Great Work. Any estimated cost of what this would cost to build?

posted by brettfox27 | on Mon, 2013-11-11 15:01

I kept every receipt from

I kept every receipt from caulking gun to stains and brushes. I just now added it up and it came to (cringe) just under $900. But I have lots of left overs for another shed and it's still a huge bargain. Other sheds that are similar to this plan are much smaller and start at $1,999 and up! I think it was well worth it to have a sturdy bargain shed that's also beautiful.

posted by moosmani | on Mon, 2013-11-11 17:56

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