Step 6: Build the Back Crosspiece Supports

Mark Powers building the back crosspiece for his trash shed
Photo: Kolin Smith
«»
To follow the pitch of the roof, the back crosspiece sits slightly tilted inside the side frames.

To create the angled supports for it to sit on, place a scrap 2x4 on edge on the ground and stand a 2x4 on top of it, then mark the angle of the roof support onto the upright board. The scrap 2x4 represents the space taken up by the back crosspiece. Cut the 2x4 at this angle at the mark. Make a second support for the other side.

Secure the supports, flush with the base, inside the side frames using 2½-inch deck screws.

Cut two 15-inch pieces of 2x4 and screw them to the bottom of the angled supports, flush with the base.
Ask TOH users about Outdoor Structures

Contribute to This Story Below

    More in Landscaping

    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