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Firewood shed

October 17, 2011 |
posted by pericles49
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My heating bitlls in the winter are outrageous, and the trees on my property have been dropping limbs like nobody's business this spring and summer. Two problems, one solution: lots of fires this winter!

The problem is that stacking the fallen wood too close to the house encourages termites. Stacking it farther away on the property, though, will leave the wood waterlogged and rotten. Not to mention that it's unsightly to have a pile of firewood in your yard. Hence a firewood shed.

Firewood Shed

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
8'x2'x7'

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

16 - 2"x3"x8' construction grade
1 - .5"x4'x8' roofing ply
4 - cinder-blocks or other sturdy base
3" Exterior grade screws (deck screws are fine)
Tar paper
Shingles
Deck Stain

3 inch screws
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
circular saw
staple gun

Cut List

Cut List: 

8 - 2"x3" @ 2'
2 - 2"x3" @ 7'
2 - 2"x3" @ 6'
9 - 2"x3" @ 8'
2 - 2"x3" @ 2'6" (approx.)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Firewood shed

Start by building the sides. Cut a 1x3 to six feet, giving the cut edge a 22.5* angle. Then cut a second 1x3 to seven feet, again giving the cut edge a 22.5* angle.

Next, cut a 2x3 to two feet, and fasten it to the two longer sticks, six inches up from the edge. Notice that the two foot 2x3 overhangs the shorter stick by 1.75" - the same as the width of a 2x3.

Finally, checking carefully for square, place a 2x3 on top of the longer sticks, connecting them flushly. Scribe the angle of the cut on 2x3, cut it, and then fasten it to the top.

Step 2

Repeat the same process as step one to create the second side. REMEMBER that the 2x3s connecting the long sticks will need to be on the OPPOSITE SIDE in order to make mirror image frames.

Step 3

Firewood shed

Next, attach the two faces using uncut 2x3s. The rear 2x3 fastens to the overhang you left in steps 1 & 2. The front 2x3 goes just behind the long stick.

If you aren't building on-site, this is a good time to move your frame to its intended location. Place the long sticks on top of stable cinder-blocks or patio pavers to make a level base.

Step 4

Firewood shed

Add additional 2x3s get stacked up the sides and back. I left even spaces between for air-flow by using scrap 2x3s as spacers. You can go up as high as you want.

Step 5

Firewood shed

Add two more 2x3x8 slats to the base.

Step 6

Firewood shed

Fasten 2x3x8s to the top of the shed, making sure that their edges are flush with the angled sticks.

Step 7

Firewood shed

Add the plywood roof. You can cut it out of a single piece of 4x8 roofing ply, by cutting the piece into two 3x4 sections and a single 1x4 section (leaving you with a single 1x4 section as waste).

Step 8

Firewood shed

Stain the whole thing with deck stain to preserve the construction grade 2x3s. Then stack up your firewood, making sure to alternate directions to maintain good airflow.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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I want this!

I so want this!

posted by cassiopeia_816 | on Sat, 2011-12-03 20:30
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this is great!

My father recently finished with our house construction and it looks great! It is a small farmhouse built on an isolated place at the bottom of a hill. He have also built a swimming pool which is surrounded by a privacy fence. I am thinking to make him a surprise and to built this firewood shed. He will love it!

posted by laurydawy | on Wed, 2011-12-28 14:51

woodshed

Cool. Close to the design I am using but I like rough pole using old mortise and tenon techniques. No metal to rot.

posted by PapaCFako (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-22 00:12

This will look so amazing in

This will look so amazing in my new garden, together with this Simpson pressure washer I've just bought. I need only some piece of wood and it will be awesome!

posted by dave brain (not verified) | on Tue, 2013-01-15 13:15

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Thank you for providing this great idea!I've just finished my house construction and I still have to put a ground pool and to buy some furniture but in the meantime I will build this firewood shed in the backyard as it is very useful in weekends when I met with my friends to barbeque.

posted by Ranina | on Sat, 2013-02-16 04:46

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