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.

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.
How to build a shed with easy diy shed plans.
Pictures and testimonials from happy shed plan buyers.

Recent Articles

  1. Stacking Firewood, How to Stack Firewood, Storing Firewood

    Jan 30, 23 06:00 AM

    Stacking firewood - Here are some good steps to follow for firewood stacking.

    Read More

  2. How To Build a Shed Floor and Shed Foundation

    Jan 30, 23 05:48 AM

    shed floor framing 500
    A well built shed floor is crucial to the life of your shed. Here's the steps I follow for building my shed floors. If not done properly, a multitude of problems can occur.

    Read More

  3. How to Build a Shed, Shed Designs, Shed Plans

    Jan 29, 23 05:49 PM

    jays barnshed
    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

My You Tube Videos

All my tube videos.