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How to build an 8x7 Tudor-Style Shed

Section 19: A few help notes for the Tudor Shed project

Section 19.1. Help sources - Where to find help

There are a few help initiatives for this Tudor Shed Project.

1.) There are help notes in this section including help with measurement - Understanding the measurements (Section 19.2.), help with angles - How to work out the angles (Section 19.3.), and help with wood sizes - wood sizes used in this project (Section 19.4.).

Note: We do not personally offer or give any project advice or help 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.

2.) An excellent source of helpful information is in the form of comments and photos that are sent in by people that have completed the project.
Such comments and photos can be found at
We welcome your photos and comments.

3.) There is also a glossary of terms which can be found in Section 20.1.
The glossary gives an explanation of terminology (project words) used in this project.

Section 19.2. Help with measurement - 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.

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.

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

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Section 19.3. Help with angles - How to work out the angles

Because of the sloping wall and the pitch of the roof, there will be a few different angles you will have to work with.

Sometimes throughout this project you will have to make some angle cuts across certain members.

Some of the angles may sound a bit daunting to figure out, but it is really quite easy once you know how.

In section 21. there is a separate help file that explains how to pre-draw all the angles on a square panel and then, with an adjustable T-bevel, you can simply transfer the angles to the members that require angle-cutting.

Section 19.4. Help with wood sizes - wood sizes used in this project

The wood sizes referred to in this project are the actual sizes and are not the nominal sizes.

The bulk of the shed framework is made out of 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) wood which is the actual size.

ACTUAL and NOMINAL (what that's all about!)
It is easy to see why some people get confused when purchasing wood, as when you go to the supplier and ask for a particular stock size, sometimes what you end up with is a different width and thickness than what you asked for.

Why is this?

Because most wood is identified by it's sawn size (nominal size) rather than actual size which is smaller due to dressing (planing) and/or drying.

NOMINAL SIZE (also called sawn or rough sawn) is the size of the wood when it is first sawn such as 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm).
When the sawn wood is seasoned, dressed or planed the size becomes smaller which is the ACTUAL SIZE.

Therefore..... A piece of 2" x 4" (100mm x 50mm) wood (nominal, sawn size) may become approximately 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 45mm) which is the actual size.

Some countries that use the metric system put the bigger number first (100x50) and countries that use the imperial or standard system put the smaller number first (2x4).

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