How to build an 8x7 Tudor-Style Shed
Section 1: Introduction, Navigation, Informative Stuff, Helpful Stuff and Disclaimer
Section 1.1. Introduction
A garden shed does not have to be an eyesore, but a lot of them certainly are! People tend to buy or build a shed solely for its storage, or work capacity, without considering that a shed can also be a garden feature.
This Tudor-style shed certainly brightened up our garden.
The measurements throughout this project are given in both standard (inches) and metric (mm).
The standard measurements are given first followed by the metric measurements in parentheses ( ).
See more about that below, under the 'Wood Sizes and the Measurements' heading in section 1.4.
Section 1.2. Navigation
All the sections are in numerical order.
You can click on any heading listed in the ' Table of Contents' menu on the right-hand side, or below if you are viewing this through a mobile device, and jump straight to that page.
Section 1.3. Shed Description and Size
This shed has an appealing, fairy-tale Tudor look, with its sloping side walls and curved braces.
Whereas most wooden sheds consist of a frame, with a siding or wall cladding fixed on the outside, this shed has the cladding fixed to the frame, on the inside. Sort of back-to-front from the 'run of the mill' shed.
The shed is roomier than the floor size would lead to believe, as the sloping side-walls give extra space, allowing shelves or work benches to be installed at mid-height, without encroaching too much over the floor area.
It is constructed mainly from 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) wood for the framing, 3/4" (19mm) thick plywood for the floor and wall cladding, and 3/4" x 6" (150mm x 19mm) boards for the roof.
The inside floor size is 6ft (1800mm) wide x 6 1/2ft (1950mm) long.
The inside width gains another 22 inches" (550mm) at mid-height because of the sloping walls. Hence the 8x7 shed. The 8x7 refers to the wall size at mid-height.
The inside height at the highest point is around 8ft (2400mm).
The overall size of the shed (roof area) is 10ft (3000mm) x 8ft (2400m).
The overall height from the ground to the apex is 9ft (2700m).
Section 1.4. Wood Sizes and the Measurements
The wood sizes referred to in this project are the actual sizes.
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 ( ).
The inch sizes are not an exact match to the equivalent millimeter sizes.
For rounding-off purposes, we translate 1" as being 25mm, which is not exact 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 system or the other but do not mix the two (for those of you who can work equally well 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.
Section 1.5. The angle cuts
Because of the sloping side-walls and the pitch of the roof, there will be a few varying angles to cope with. Some of the angles may sound a bit daunting to figure out, but it is really quite easy once you know how. And... there is a section "Working with angles" (Section 21.1.) that explains how to make a template by pre-drawing all the angles on a square panel and then, with an adjustable T-bevel, simply transferring the angles to the members that require angle-cutting.
Section 1.6. Regarding Help with projects
There are some useful help files in the 'Help page' in section 19.
Please note that we do not personally offer or give any project advice by e-mail or snail mail. We do, however, take on board any constructive criticism and make adjustments if warranted, and we do try to supply help initiatives.
An excellent source of helpful information is in the form of comments and photos that are sent in by people who have undertaken the project.
Such comments and photos can be can be seen at
www.buildeazy.com/tudor8x7-comments.php when populated.
We would greatly appreciate any photos and maybe a note or two showing and/or explaining your handiwork regarding this
Any such feedback helpful to other users may be posted on the Buildeazy website and/or its social pages.
You can submit your photos / notes from the Buildeazy Contact page at
For any project term you are not sure of, there is a Glossary, which can be seen in section 20.1.
Section 1.7. Disclaimer and Copyright Stuff
Although all due care is taken, no responsibility is accepted by Buildeazy for any wrongful information, omissions, or any other irregularities regarding this project. This project is to be undertaken at the user's own risk.
Buildeazy accepts no responsibility for any injury to any person occurring while using or undertaking this project or any other Buildeazy project, either directly or indirectly.
Copyright © www.buildeazy.com. All rights reserved. No unauthorized reproduction of these plans is permitted.