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How to Build a Garden Tools Shed

Create lean-to storage with tongue-and-groove cedar

All the rust-resistant coating in the world won't save your garden tools if you leave them outside all the time. To create a clean, dry, and accessible locale for your pruners and shovels, plant a handsome wood lean-to shed against the house near the patio or garden. If it's made from cedar, a naturally rot-resistant wood, it will weather nicely while protecting your goods from precipitation and insects alike.

You can make one in a weekend out of off-the-shelf lumber or buy a panelized kit that screws ­together in under an hour. Once the quaint cabinet is in place, just remember to rinse off your tools and clean them occasionally with WD-40 before tucking them away. That'll keep rust at bay for years to come.

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Step 1

How to Build a Tools Shed Overview

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

You can assemble 2x4 framing, cedar boards, and plywood shelves into a shallow, pitched-roof shed

Step 2

Assemble the Framing

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Create three identical 2x4 frames with an angled top and a center crosspiece. Connect the three frames with 2x4s at the front and back of the top and bottom. Nail 1x2s around the door openings at the front of the framing. Using an adhesive such as Gorilla Wood Glue, glue and screw a 2x6 header across the front.

Step 3

Build a Floor and Shelves

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut a piece of plywood to fit inside the base of the framing; leave a ¾-inch overhang so that the piece will be flush with the 1x2s in the front. Notch the plywood to fit around the framing. Glue and screw it in place. Screw crosspieces inside the middle and right frames to support shelving. Cut plywood shelving and screw it down.

Step 4

Side the Shed

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Nail tongue-and-groove cedar boards to the exterior of the frame on the sides and back. Cut the top edges of the boards flush with the framing using a circular saw.

Step 5

Attach the Roof

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Nail tongue-and-groove boards on the top of the frame. Overhang the roof on the sides and front.

Step 6

Build and Hang the Doors

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Cut boards to the height of the doors (to fit below the header). Screw 1x3 strips across the back to hold them together. Attach a 1x3 frame around the front of each door. Attach the doors to the shed with heavy-duty hinges.