Doubt your skills at building a shed? Doubt no more!

Are you tired of not having a tool shed?


I was too. Well, not only me – my wife was tired of it. So, she sent me on a quest to find one that would hold the riding mower, the snow blower and a host of other stuff that I had stashed on the side of the house.

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She hated my long row of tools beside the house. Not without reason, mind you. The kids would climb on the riding mower when we weren’t looking and it was a bit scary, to say the least. It’s not like the kids were accustomed to this machinery. It was just in their back yard.

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After hours of looking through the shed plans in magazines and books – standing at the rack in the home improvement store – I knew that the designs weren’t for me.



I just didn’t have the knowledge and expertise to build these sheds.


My wife and I discussed just throwing a big tarp over the equipment, but she liked that idea even less than my row of tools…


So, I started searching the internet for shed plans. Better yet – I wanted shed plans for dummies… What I found were shed plans for union carpenters.


I found several that would work, but I didn’t have the experience or the tools. Plenty to choose from that were big enough to hold my tools. Even one with a ramp that dropped down so I could drive the mower into it!


Once I picked the one I wanted, I figured I was going to have to hire out the work, at a huge cost.


Just like anything else, execution is critical.

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Then I found a great resource – an online book of plans that I could actually do!


I got my list of materials together, checked to make sure I had all the tools I would need and only made one trip back to that aforementioned home improvement store.


Bought my stuff, arranged for them to deliver the big items (I don’t have a pickup) and by the next weekend, I was pulling on overalls and looking like a real handyman!


In just three weekends, my pile of materials became my new tool shed. I did get a little help from a friend when I was putting up the roof and then adding the shingles – but most of it was just me and the help from my wife.


What a great idea.


Building my own tool shed… I’m already looking through the plans for my next project.


Here are the plans I found – see what you think.


13 Responses to “Doubt your skills at building a shed? Doubt no more!”

  1. Mike

    Apr 28. 2013

    Glad I was able to help!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Cmarten

    Apr 30. 2013

    My husband and I put together an expensive shed kit at our last house, but it wasn’t the best quality and I think we must’ve missed a few screws somewhere along the line – or the kit didn’t come with enough – because it shook in the wind. We’re at a new place now and ready to tackle building a bigger shed to house a couple of ATVs and the lawnmower and gardening equipment. Sounds like great information here!

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    • Mike

      May 06. 2013

      Unfortunately, many plans out there are set up to sell you just enough to “get in trouble” – hope you find a better design for your next project.

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  3. Jim

    May 06. 2013

    Thanks for the information as I am looking to put together a shed sometime this summer. I am still gathering up all kinds of information on what to do.

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    • Mike

      May 06. 2013

      There are loads of websites offering insights on how to do it right. Feel free to ask questions, if I can help at all.

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  4. Hal

    May 20. 2013

    This was great info. I will be keeping this article saved.

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  5. John

    May 27. 2013

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. Jimmy

    Jun 15. 2013

    I’ve been looking for plans for a tool shed. My wife’s been after me to get my stuff out of her way… LOL I will be looking at these plans to see if I can find something I like

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    • Mike

      Jun 15. 2013

      You will definitely find something that will work for you. Time to get to work, eh?

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  7. robert

    Dec 24. 2013

    Getting my tool shed built was awesome! It got me out of the doghouse with my wife and got my tools out of the weather

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  8. gardening catalogs

    Apr 09. 2015

    It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people about this topic,
    but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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