I'm planning on building a nice wooden shed. I'm not a rough carpenter,
and know little about framing.
Can anyone recommend decent websites or books on residential framing and
roofing? I have the Taunton shed book, but I'm looking for more
generic framing and roofing information to help me complete my own design.
My library has some of the same books on their shelf that I have on my
shelf. Building Smal lBarns, Sheds & Shelters by Monte Burch or
Designing and Building Your Own House Your Own Way by Sam Clark are
two titles that can give you some ideas. Here is a link to one of my
pole barns. I built another little 12x12 run in shed for one of my
older horses. Nothing on that little project.
There have been a lot of framing articles over the past few years in the
Fine Homebuilding magazine, also from Taunton. See what you can find at
your local library.
By the way, may I offer a personal warning regarding scope creep and 'nice
wooden sheds'? It is pretty easy to let things get a bit out of hand, if
one is not diligent. An 8'x12' shed need not have double glazed windows,
glass paneled doors, lights and power inside and out. It ceases to be a
shed, and then is known in, technical terms, as a 'garden folly'. DAMHIKT.
Found this one in a thrift shop, but it's great.
"Carpentry and Building" Harry F. Ulry, 1966: Howard Sams & Company
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 66-29074
Just located it on half.com for 75 cents.
Go to Half-price books and look for the books on roof framing. Mine is
titled Roof Framing by Marshall Gross ($22 new). You will need a
calculator capable of square root, trig functions and at least one
memory. You COULD get fancy with a shed roof, more than a basic
gambrel with gables at each end, but I cannot imagine why it would be
Walls made from 2x4 finger-jointed studs 16" o.c. should hold it all
up unless you intend to store in the loft above the work space. Get
the Taunton framing book while you're there.
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