Mark Powers installing the back crosspiece for his trash shed
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 7: Build the Back Crosspiece Supports

Cut two 80-inch-long 2x4s. Glue and screw them together with construction adhesive and 2½-inch deck screws to make the top back crosspiece.

Set the top back crosspiece on edge on top of the angled support legs and flush with the roofline. Secure it with 2½-inch deck screws angled up through the supports.

Cut a 77-inch-long 2x4 to act as the middle back crosspiece. Rest it on the flat on top of the short 2x4 pieces and secure it to them with 2½-inch deck screws.
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      Framing square
    • speed square
      Speed Square
    • jigsaw
    • drill
    • 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