This step by step diy project is about 4×8 firewood shelter plans. If you are looking for a firewood shelter with a clean but elegant design, you should definitely take a look over these plans. See the rest of my firewood shed free plans HERE. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Firewood Shelter Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long FLOOR FRAME
- C – 12 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long DECKING
- D – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 84″ long POSTS
- E – 22 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long SIDE WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long FRAME
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long TOP RIDGE
- H – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 35 1/4″ long RAFTERS
- I – 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 96″ long SUPPORTS
- F – 5o sq ft of roofing sheets ROOF SHEETS
How to build a 4×8 shelter
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the firewood shed. Cut the joists for the shed from 2×6 lumber, so the frame can hold the weight of the firewood. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Select the location for the 4×8 firewood shelter. Level the ground and remove the vegetation layer. Lay the 4×4 skids on the ground and then fit the floor frame. Align the edges and use rafter ties to secure the components together tightly.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the floor frame and align the edges with attention. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats so you create even gaps between the slats. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws, so you can lock the slats into place tightly.
Build the top frame for the firewood shed from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lay them to a level surface. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the frame together tightly. Make sure the corners are square.
Use 2×4 lumber for the corner posts. For the front and back posts, you need to make notches to the corners, so you can fit the rafters into place properly.
Fit the frame to the top of the posts and align the edges flush. Make sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes through the posts and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the top and bottom frames. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent corner posts together tightly using 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the 1×6 slats to the sides of the firewood shelter, so you protect the interior from the weather elements. Place a 1 1/4″ wood block between the slats so you create even gaps between the slats. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the slats to the corner posts tightly.
Build the ridge beam support from 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the 2×4 slat and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Fit the supports to the top frame of the firewood shed and then plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Center the 2×4 ridge beams to the top of the supports and lock it into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Build the rafters for the firewood shed from 2×4 lumber. Make a 30 degree cut to one end of the rafters, using a good miter saw.
Fit the rafters to the top of the shelter and place then as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot hole and secure them to the top ridge and to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Moreover, you could use rafter ties to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Fit 1×4 slats to the roof of the shed, so you create the right supports for the roofing sheets. Center the slats to the rafters and then secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws.
Fit the roof sheets (tin or corrugated plastic sheets) to the top of the wood shelter and then secure them to the 1×4 slats with appropriate screws. Take accurate measurements and then make cuts, so you can fit the sheets into place tightly.
Last, but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components so you protect the wood from the elements.
This is a very elegant firewood shelter, but still very easy to build.
This 4×8 wood shelter is ideal for any homeowner, as it will shelter the firewood from the weather, while adding a touch of unique charm to your backyard. I also like this design and it features a gable roof and you can have an easy access to the firewood from two directions.
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