ASK STEVE: Beginner help with building a garden shed

I’m looking to build a garden shed, but don’t know which way to proceed. I can be handy if I put my mind to it, but it doesn’t exactly flow for me. I’d like the shed to be 6-feet by 8-feet, with a ramp up to the door and a window or skylight. I definitely need hand holding, but I want to try this project. Can you point me in the right direction?

I’ve got the perfect suggestion for your do-it-yourself project. It’s an excellent book on the subject, entitled Building a Shed by Joseph Truini (Taunton Press 2002). There are tons of shed building books on the market, but this one stands out. It’s got a few plans, but more importantly a whole lot of real-world know-how written by an experienced carpenter.