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Tudor-Style Shed Project

tudor-style storage shed
How to build a 10'x10' Tudor-style storage shed
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1: Introduction & Quantities
2: Quantities - continued
3: Making the sledge  you are on this page
4: The floor & Angle info
5: Making the wall frames
6: Cutting the wall panels
7: Cutting the roof rafters
8: Standing the walls/roof
9: Fixing the roof boards
10: Making the door/window
11: Fitting the door/window
12: Making the drip caps
13: Sub-floor plan
14: Floor plan
15: Stud lay-out plan
16: Front wall plan
17: Rear wall plan
18: Side wall plan
19: Front-wall cladding plan
20: Rear-wall cladding plan
21: Side elevation plan
22: Roof plan
23: Door & window plan
24: Help files
making up the shed runners

Part 1: Making the sledge

The sledge is the base that the shed sits on.
It is basically a couple of 4"x8" (200mm x 100mm) runners or skids that are separated by spacers to make a type of sledge.
The runners are 120" (3m) long. Each runner (skid) is made up of two 4"x4"s (100mm x100mm) bolted together.

Why two 4"x4"s (100mm x100mm) bolted together?

Because 4"x4"s (100mm x100mm) are cheaper and more readily obtainable than 4"x8"s (200mm x 100mm). However, if you can source the latter, all the better.
The overall width of the sledge should be 80" (2000mm).

Part 1 video clip Time: 2:08

Understanding the measurements

All measurements throughout this project are given in both Standard/Imperial inches, and Metric (mm).
The measurements are given first in inches, followed by millimeters (mm) in brackets ( ).

1 1/2" x 3 1/2" means wood that is 1 1/2 (one and a half) inches thick by 3 1/2 (three and a half) inches wide.
And the equivalent in metric...
90mm x 45mm means wood that is 90 millimeters wide by 45 millimeters thick.

The millimeter measurements are written opposite to the standard measurements. Why?
In North America they call the smaller side first. Example: 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
In Australasia they call the bigger side first. Example: 90mm x 45mm

The inch sizes are not an exact match to the equivalent millimeter sizes, because for rounding-off purposes we translate 1" as being 25mm which is not exactly right but near enough..

A shed built using the metric measurements will be approximately 1.6% smaller (hardly worth worrying about) than a shed built using the imperial (ft and in) measurements.

In other words, use one or the other but do not mix the two (for those of you who can work with both standard and metric measurements) and you should have no problems as far as the dimensions go.

The imperial measurements are more suited to North America. The metric measurements are more suited to Australasia and other countries.

positioning the shed runners

Part 2: Siting the sledge

Before you site (position) the sledge, make sure the ground where the sledge will rest is level and firm.
Use a level or a water level to check the grade, and dig accordingly to level the ground directly beneath where the runners (skids) will sit.
For an article on 'how to make and use an inexpensive water level' go to

Part 2 video clip Time: 1:14

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making the rebates at each end of the joists

Part 3: Cutting the joists

Altogether you will need eleven 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" (140mm x 45mm) joists that are 104" (2600mm) long.
The two end joists will need to have 1" (25mm) ripped off them, so in effect they become 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" (115mm x 45mm). The other nine need a rebate cut at each end.
Make the rebates 1" (25mm) deep and 4" (100mm) in from each end.

Helpful reference:
For a more detailed description on how to rebate the floor joists, go to, and although the description is for a smaller shed, the method is the same - only the measurements differ.

Part 3 video clip Time: 0:41