Here at Mitre Saw Zone, we know that a lot of our readers are tradesmen looking to buy new tools, perhaps because something’s reached the end of its days, or perhaps you need something a bit more powerful or versatile. On the other hand, we also know that there are a lot of people who are buying their first mitre saw too, so we do our best to cater for them too, and everyone in between!
Today, we’re going to look at a common DIY project that’s ambitious, yet not as difficult as you might think, assuming you’ve got the right guidance. That project is how to build a shed.
Download Free Shed Plans
First and foremost, shed building is something that needs a little planning. Just starting out cutting wood is going to lead to disaster, so unless you really know what you’re doing, you need to put some time and preparation in. We’d recommend starting by heading over to My Shed Plans and grabbing a copy of their free plans. They also offer a huge set of 12,000 or so plans too that are really helpful if you can afford them, but start with the freebies, as they’ll give you a starting point, as well as showing you what you’ll get if you buy the full product.
Learn To Use Your Mitre Saw
When you get your plans, you’ll see that you’ll be needing to cut all sorts of lengths of wood, and depending on the design, some may really put your mitre saw through its paces. It’s a great way to learn how to use all the clever features of your saw too – and while you might start out a little confused and have to refer to the manual, by making yourself learn you’ll get really quick at solving problems because you’ll know exactly how to do even the trickiest cuts.
The ‘elite’ version of My Shed Plans is sold for $47 in the USA, and as you’ll see from the link above they’ll sell it to you in UK pounds, meaning that you’ll get the full set of 12,000 or so woodworking projects for around £30, depending on the exchange rate when you’re reading this. Compared to the cost of wasting wood when you’re not sure what you’re doing, it’s easy to see what a bargain that investment is.
More Than Sheds
Although we’re primarily talking about sheds here, those plans also cover other useful projects like building benches and dog kennels among loads of other things, so it’s not as if you’ll build a shed and then forget about it either – it’s perfect for project after project if you want to really go to town with your woodworking projects.
If you’re well experienced with building with wood and have mastered your mitre saw, you probably don’t need these plans, they’re generally aimed at the beginner to intermediate skilled woodworker, looking to either set out on a new hobby or take those initial skills a bit further.
Compared to buying a shed from a supplier, you can save a fortune and build exactly what you want by learning to build it yourself.