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Project of the Week: A 'closet' for the great outdoors

Don and Dave Runyan: Perfect for garden tools, outdoor toys, sports equipment or pool supplies, it's like adding a closet to your outdoor living spaces.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: June 17, 2013
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More durable and attractive than metal or plastic sheds, this garden shed is a great way to add storage space to the yard, garden, patio or deck this summer. Perfect for garden tools, outdoor toys, sports equipment or pool supplies, it's like adding a closet to your outdoor living spaces.

The shed is built from plywood over a frame of standard dimensional lumber and can be completed in a couple of weekends. The design calls for all straight cuts, and all of the angles are traced from full-size patterns.

Construction is simple. First, cut everything to size and assemble the frame using glue and screws. Next, add the sheathing and roof. Finally, build and hang the doors, add hardware and shingle the roof.

The shed measures 4 feet wide by 2 feet deep and stands a little less than 8 feet tall at its peak.

The Garden Shed plan, No. 930, is $10.95 and includes instructions with photos, full-size patterns, detailed construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule, plywood cutting layouts and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of shed plans, No. C68, is available for $21.95 and includes three other shed projects. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4.00 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at u-bild.com.