Projects are calling: Shed_A (© Steven Dewall)

© Steven Dewall

The Sandwicks have their hands full raising triplets. Bikes and toys have taken over Mike Sandwick's work space, which makes doing projects around the house difficult.

Since Mike is a firefighter who is always helping others, we thought it was time to help him out by building a simple yet manly shed in his backyard, offering ample space for all of his tools and home project supplies.

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Mike grew up helping his dad, a contractor, with various projects so he was able to jump right in helping me with construction.

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With the clutter gone and everything organized, Mike finally has a dedicated space to get more projects done around the house.

Here's everything you need to complete this project:

  • Corrugated metal for roof
  • 4-inch galvanized flashing for perimeter of the roof
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bits
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Tin snips
  • Self-tapping screws with waterproof washers
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Gloves
  • 3-inch ring shank nails
  • Framing nail gun
  • 2 hinges
  • Utility knife
  • Door lock and padlock
  • Door pull
  • 9 2-by-4 pressure-treated studs for the floor
  • 40-45 2-by-3 studs for wall framing
  • 12 2-by-4 studs for roof framing, wall plates and headers
  • 10 sheets of 4-foot-by-8-foot OSB (oriented strand board) for exterior sheathing walls and roof
  • 3 sheets of 4-foot-by-8-foot tongue-and-groove plywood for floor