Building an Outdoor Shed Ramp

What You'll Need
Nails, 2-inch
Circular saw
Through bolts
2 wrenches
Measuring tape
1 Sheet of 3/4-inch thick plywood
1 2-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot long piece of lumber, all-weather
6 4-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot long pieces of lumber, all-weather

Having a shed is a great addition to your backyard, but without a shed ramp, it can make loading and unloading heavy items very difficult. The following steps will show you how to build a ramp for your outdoor shed.

Step 1 -Ready the Shed

The shed ramp will be directly attached to the shed.

Drill three holes equidistant apart, 1 inch below the bottom lip of the shed. Make the holes slightly smaller than the diameter of the bolts.

Cut the 2-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot piece of lumber. The length of the board should match the width of the shed's lip. Bore three holes into the board, the same size and distance as the lip of the shed.

Line the board holes up with the lip and install the bolts and tighten.

Step 2 - Cut the Wood for the Ramp

You will need one 4-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot long piece of lumber for each 2-feet of width of the shed's lip.

Measure the distance between the ground and lip of the shed. The length of the lumber should be 1 foot for every 3 inches off the ground the lip is.

Cut one end of each of the 4-inch by 4-inch pieces of lumber at a 45-degree angle.

Step 3 - Prep the Ground

After the length of the wood has been determined and it's been cut, you can ready the area in front of the shed.

Lay the boards on top of the lip of the shed. Stake the spot where the end of the boards touch the ground in front of the shed.

Dig a small trench the width of the lip of the shed where you staked. This trench will act as an anchor for the ramp.

Step 4 - Making the Shed Ramp

With the shed prepped and the ground ready you can now construct the ramp.

Place the pointed end of the 4-inch by 4-inch boards horizontal to the ground. Measure 2-inches back and 1/2-inch down from the long tip of each board. Draw a vertical line from this point and a horizontal line toward the slanted end of the wood.

Cut the boards along these lines with the circular saw. Place each notched end of the boards over the anchored piece of wood. The other ends of these pieces of wood should fit snugly in the trench you dug previously. 

When you are happy that the boards fit tight enough to the lip of the shed, and they're snug in the trench, you can nail them in place.

Place the plywood on top of the angled pieces of wood and line the edges up. Draw a line marking off the overhang. Do the same with the length of the plywood.

Trim the plywood to fit using the circular saw. Nail the plywood in place. For increased traction nail down shingles.