5 cord Firewood Shed Plans

This step by step diy project is about 8×16 5 cord firewood shed plans. I have designed this super large firewood shed so you can store 5 cords of wood with style. This wood shed has a lean to roof and a wide front opening, for easy access inside. The other 3 sides of the shed are enclosed with slats. The walls have small gaps between the slats, so you let the air speed up the drying up process. 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. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.

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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5 Cord Firewood Shed Plans




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  • A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 9 pieces – 93″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
  • C – 21 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long DECKING
  • D – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 54 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 61 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 86 3/4″ long POSTS 
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 18′ long SUPPORT BEAMS

  • 2 pieces of 2×6 pressure treated lumber – 16 ft
  • 9 pieces of 2×6 pressure treated lumber – 8 ft
  • 4 pieces of 4×4 pressure treated lumber – 16 ft
  • 21 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16 ft
  • 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
  • 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10 ft
  • 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 18 ft
  • T strong tie
  • 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
  • 3″ lag screws
  • rafter ties
  • 1 1/2″ structural screws
  • wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint

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 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day

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How to build a 8×16 wood shed



First, you need to build the floor frame. Drill pilot holes through the 16 ft joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and check if the corners are square. Place the joists every 24″ on center.

Select the location for the shed and level the surface thoroughly. Compact a 34″ layer of gravel under the shed, because that will help with draining the excess moisture.

Fitting the skids

Fitting the skids

Use 4×4 lumber for the skids. It would be a great idea to use pressure treated lumber. Fit the skids under the floor frame, and use 2 rafter ties for each skid. Insert 1 1/2″ structural screws to secure the ties into place.

Fitting the floor slats

Fitting the floor slats

Next, fit the 2×4 slats to the floor frame. Fit a piece of 1 1/8″ wood between the slats to create even gaps. Align the edges at both ends, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the floor frame.


Building the shed walls



Use 2×4 lumber for the posts. Cut the posts at the right dimensions, as shown in diagram.

Attaching the posts

Attaching the posts

Attach them to the corners of the floor frame, as shown in the diagram. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts. Drill pilot holes and insert 3″ lag screws to lock them to the floor frame. Drill pilot holes and lock the adjacent posts together tightly with 2 1/2″ screws. Add construction glue to the joints.



Use 2×6 lumber for the support beams. Fit the beams to the front and to the back of the shed. Drill pilot holes and insert 3″ lag screws into the posts. Use a spirit level to make sure the beams are perfectly horizontal. Use T ties to secure the middle posts to the support beam Secure the tie into place with 1 1/2″ structural screws.


Finishing touches

5 cord Wood Shed - side view

5 cord Wood Shed – side view

Check PART 2 of the project, to learn more on how to build the roof.

5 cord Wood Shed - front view

5 cord Wood Shed – front view




This 8×16 wood shed is ideal for any homeowner, as it will shelter the firewood from the weather, while adding a touch of unique charm to your backyard. You should also check out my 3 cord firewood shed plans. I have many design ideas on this blog, so make sure you take a look over all the alternatives before taking a decision. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.


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This woodworking project was about 8×16 wood shed plans. 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.





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