How to Use Compound Miter Saws to Build a Storage Shed

Imagine for a moment all the clutter around your house and the embarrassment you have suffered because of it. Now how would you feel if the clutter is gone and the embarrassment over the clutter has ended. Discover how to use Compound Miter Saws to build a storage shed. When it comes to homeowners, renters and small businesses that need to store all the seasonal items related to the holidays, outdoor activities, lawn and grounds equipment, patio and outdoor furniture, a storage shed is a great alternative storage solution compared to the high cost of renting a storage space.

How to Get Started

1. Determine how much storage space you need.

2. Decide on a building style and design that works.

3. Purchase a set of shed plans on the internet.

What Will I Need?

A structure built on a permanent foundation requires a building permit. Contact your local building commission for the requirements for your local area. Hire or rent a bobcat to use to establish the proper grade for your building site. The site needs to be high and dry because there is nothing worse than a building standing in water that can’t run off.

Use the list of materials that is included with your shed plans to get bids from your local building material suppliers. Remember to make sure that the delivery charges are included in the estimates. Make a few phone calls to the contractor’s desk and establish a relationship with one of the sales staff. Email them the material list and let them bid on the tools and materials you will need. This step alone will easily save you a lot of money and valuable time.

Where Do I Start Building?

Building from the ground up starts with the foundation. Your building is only as good as its foundation and you only get one chance to get it right. Make sure it is level and the water drains away from the building and also the commonly overlooked path of access to it. Do yourself a favor and have your building materials delivered to the building site. This will save your back and legs a lot of work.

Building the wood floor framing starts with two treated wood skids. This type of treated lumber is best cut with a chainsaw. Make a 45 degree angle cut on the bottom third of each end of the skids. These skids will run from the front of the shed to the rear of the building. Cutting the 45 degree angles on each end makes the building easier to move when the time comes.

Attach the floor joists to the skids using the hardware described in your set of plans. Attach the floor decking to the joists. Build the walls as a unit and install the assembled wall section to the floor. Use a compound miter saw to make all your cuts to the wall studs, window and door headers to insure all your cuts are square.

A gambral roof structure requires a lot of precise angles cut on the rafters. Refer to your blueprint for the exact angles you need to cut and set up your compound miter saw. Cutting all the pieces of the same size and angles will save time and headaches.

Follow your assembly instructions and assemble the roof trusses and attach them to the walls. Attach the wall sheeting and cut out the openings for your doors and windows. Attach the roof decking and roofing materials. Install your windows, doors and all the other finishing touches and enjoy your new storage space.

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