Building out the door header

Door header on our 12x10 saltbox shed

Door header on our 12x10 saltbox shed

Robs Question:

I'm building your 10X12 Saltbox shed and I don't understand why I have to build the header 1/2" thicker than the frame. Also, which side of the header should stick out, the outside of the shed (front of the door) or the inside. It seems like if its the front, it's going to be in the way of the siding. I'm really enjoying the construction so far and thanks for your help!

Thanks....Rob Jackson

John's Answer

Hi Rob,

This is a good question because building a door header can be somewhat confusing if you have never done it before!

First off, 2x4 framing for shed walls is 3.5" wide.

Now, if you add up the thicknesses of the header pieces:

(see picture above for header pieces)

3" - two 1.5" outside 2x material.

plus+

1/2" The middle filler piece which can be plywood or osb.

equals =

3.5" Total header thickness

So, you header if built properly will equal exactly the thickness of a 2x4 wall. With this in mind, you will not have any 1/2" protrusion of the header on either side of the wall framing.

I hope this clears up any confusion Rob on the construction of a door header for your saltbox shed.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Shed Door Questions.

Easy To Use
Shed Plans
(40% Off Now
New Years Sale)


All Plans Come With...

  • Detailed Building Guide
  • Blueprints
  • Materials List
  • Free Cupola Plan
  • Email Support
  • Instant .pdf Download
 

Do you like this site?  Let me know click the button!


Recent Articles

  1. Fun and Easy Shed Plans

    Jan 21, 21 05:25 AM

    Shed plans that are easy to use, very affordable, and fun to build with. All plans come with full email support.

    Read More

  2. How to Build a Shed, Shed Designs, Shed Building Plans

    Jan 21, 21 05:24 AM

    It's fun to learn how to build a shed and easy with free guides, design software, cheap plans, tips and support all from a shed building pro.

    Read More

  3. Pictures of Sheds, Storage Shed Plans, Shed Designs

    Jan 19, 21 07:13 PM

    Visit our library of pictures of sheds built from our shed plans. Get great shed design ideas and plans for storage sheds, garden sheds and more.

    Read More