This step by step diy project is about portable ice shanty plans. I have designed this 4×8 ice shack so you can make a sturdy but light frame shelter, while keeping the costs down. This shack has one door and one window, for easy access. Moreover the roof has a lean to slope. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Remember that you need to select the site for the shed with attention and that you have to comply with a few legal regulations.
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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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4×8 Ice Shack Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long FRAME
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 46 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 16″ long, 1 piece – 44 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- F – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 6 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 22 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 6d nails, ties
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: 4×8 Ice Shanty Plans
- PART 2: 4×8 Ice Shanty Roof Plans
How to build a 4×8 ice shack
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 4×8 ice shanty. Cut the components from 2×4 or 2×6 lumber at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Align the edges flush and then fit the joists every 16″ on center. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components.
Fit the 4×4 skids under the shed frame. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the skids. Align the frame of the floor to the skids and then secure them together with rafter ties and screws.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheet to the floor of the shed. As you probably know, you need to frame the traps for the ice holes. Use 2×4 lumber to frame the traps, after cutting out the openings.
Build the front frame from 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram, drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and then align the edges with attention. You can also adjust the size of the door opening to suit your needs.
Continue the project by framing the tall side wall for the ice shack. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are flush.
Frame the opposite side wall for the ice shack from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to frame a window for the side wall, so you can let the light inside the shack. You can adjust the size of the window opening to suit the size of the window you are going to install.
Fit the side wall frames to the floor of the ice shack. Align the edges flush and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Afterwards, you need to fit 2×2 supports to the back of the shed. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the components into place tightly.
Fit the front wall to the shack, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly with screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Afterwards, you need to fit the rafter and the exterior wall panels to the cheap ice fishing shack. Check out PART 2 of the project so you learn how to do that in a professional manner.
This portable ice shanty is light, so you can move it easily from one location to the other. In addition, I have designed this ice fishing shanty so you can keep the costs at low as possible.
This woodworking project was about 4×8 ice shanty plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.