Building a shed for the Maslow

Yup, here it is:

Sorry no instructions, but you can see most of the design.

The shed plans at iCreatables are dead nuts simple and they have simple lean to designs that you could probably bang together in a weekend.

Source: Banged (a smaller) one together in a weekend.

Hmm…the alternative design does seem simpler. It looks to be 8’ high and 10’ wide. So no cutting of wood beams, only some plywood. And luckily I have a truck to haul everything in one shot.

I more look at it, the more I loathe idea of taking a few weekends to build a shed, then more time building a Maslow.

I may just go ahead and use this alt design, lean it against my garage, cover everything with a tarp and then take my chances with the weather for a few months.

I to am gonna have to cover mine with a tarp and build a shed, but with a Maslow I know I can do that just about solo.
Use the Maslow to cut couplers/brackets for 2x4’s. Like those shed kits that are just a bunch of metal brackets. That way you don’t even have to miter any of your cuts. I will, but ya wouldn’t have to… I’m leaning towards a cantilever double single garage type door. Makes getting everything in simple and easy. One could go with a barn door set up quite easily too.

I made a modified hoop house recently for a project and having been debating using some of the left over polythene to make an outdoor work area. It should be pretty quick and easy. Even easier than a shed.

Framing is reduced since you aren’t supporting cladding or a significant roof weight.

Here’s wikihow’s guide, but I did something with straight vertical walls with smaller hoop on top more like this.

It can be really fast and cheap. The roll up walls allow for keeping the temperature down in summer. I’m assuming you will store the router/sled in a secure place so locking it up is less of a concern.


Cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

I would also point out previous discussions of geodesic domes on the old forums. That only works, of course, if you have a bunch of space in which to build.

Just go to and search for “geodesic”.

Here’s an odd idea for in the garage itself - get some pulleys and some hinges, put some 2x4s on the back of the frame for the hinges, and fold the frame up to the garage ceiling when not in use. That could keep it away from the kid and off the floor when you need the space for other tools etc.

Maybe we need a Maslow variant of @bar’s PlyPAD, sized for a Maslow that “leans against” an outside wall… some frames that would hold the roof up, mounted against the outside wall of your house/garage/whatever.

Kind of a superset of the “temporary frame” - you build the Maslow and then use it to cut the pieces of it’s own shed :slight_smile:


Pretty much had the same idea, just free standing in back corner of yard. Since just enclosing the porch last year required a permit. due to being attached to residence. Damn bureaucrats. So if you’re thinking of attaching to your residence look into the local laws, before just to be sure. Pesky tattletale neighbors…

Good point (about building codes AND pesky neighbors :-))

Consulted with a woodworking friend, and he mentioned that the alt-frame in the wiki would be heavier than the standard frame by about 70 lbs. Plus I would have to trim my trees at the back of my garage to get it to fit.

At this point I’m planning on just building the standard frame and becoming the guinea pig to see how well a Maslow will weather outdoors.

I suggest painting all lumber before assembly on all sides. Then painting over any and all fasteners after assembly. Painting after assembly will leave unsealed areas, and moisture always finds them. Doesn’t have to be pretty, some automotive primer would work perfectly in the short term, and give you a great foundation for complete encapsulation later. Just my .02¢

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take a look at the varients that I’m talking about (I’m about to post new
versions), they are trivial to hinge from the top beam.

@dlang I haven’t see any new variants since your post. Can you provide a link to them ?

did you see the frame design options thread?

you could take the third one and hinge the beam to the wall instead of having
the back legs.

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@Jimmy_Duong How did your shed build come out?

There are some excellent designs here,

For a plywood versions with insulation have a look here,

I never made the shed. Things stalled after moving to a new house and raising a toddler. Eventually I built the beta-alternative design since it involved less cutting. I’m hoping the summer I can finish all the calibration work and actually start some cutting.

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Perfect application with mods?

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A few weeks ago someone posted a shed design with a leaning wall. That wall was close to the angle needed for the maslow

I played around with that and found that a fairly simple design was a good fit.

This is a cross section of what the building would be:

The bottom left and top right corners are nice right angles

the bottom is 8’, the top is 10’, the leaning wall is 10’ (it doesn’t overlap the roof beam, so it gets a few extra inches), and the tall size (which could be open with just posts) is 12’