Step 3: Cut the Top

Mark Powers building the top frame for his trash shed
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Put the legs back down on the ground in their original position. Cut a 33-inch-long piece to fit between them as a middle brace.

Place a scrap 2x4 on end against the front leg to represent the crosspiece that will later connect the two side frames. Butt another 2x4 over the tops of the legs. Mark the 2x4 to length at the outside of the assembled framing, using a Speed Square to transfer the leg angles. Cut the 2x4 at these angles.

Screw the base, legs, and middle brace together with 3½-inch deck screws. Attach the top flush at the back and hanging over at the front.

Duplicate this framing assembly for the other side of the shed.
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    Tools List

    • framing square
      Framing square
    • speed square
      Speed Square
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • finish hammer
      Hammer with nailset

    Shopping List

    2x4 to frame the shed and build the doors. Get eleven 8-foot boards.

    1x6 tongue-and-groove siding. Pick up prestained boards or stain them yourself before installation. Get enough to cover about 75 square feet.

    1 ¼x6 pressure-treated decking to frame the doors and lid. Get seven 8-foot boards.

    Construction adhesive to glue the sheathing.

    4-inch door hinges to attach each lid and the bifold doors to the framing. Get 10. Continuous (piano) hinges to create the bifold doors. Get two stainless steel 30-inch hinges.

    3½-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    2½-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    1 5/8-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    1 5⁄8-inch stainless-steel siding nails