This step by step diy project is about 6×8 ice fishing house plans. I have designed this simple ice fishing shelter so you can take your hobby to the next level. This 6×8 shelter is roomy enough and it also doesn’t cost a fortune to make. 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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6×8 Ice Fishing House Plans
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- A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 piece – 69″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 81″ long BACK WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 1 piece – 3 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 60 1/2″ long, 7 pieces – 81″ long, 5 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 39″ long, 1 piece – 77 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 33 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long SIDE WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 1 piece – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long, 3 pieces – 34″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 36″ long SIDE WALL
- H – 6 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x84″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x84″ long SIDING
- 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 6′
- 42 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 7 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails, 6d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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- PART 1: 6×8 Ice fishing house Plans
- PART 2: 6×8 Ice fishing house roof Plans
- PART 3: Double ice fishing house door Plans
Ice fishing shack plans
The first step of the project is to build the floor for the ice fishing shack. Cut the joists from 2×6 lumber, at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and place the joists every 16″ on center.
Fit the skids on a level surface, making sure they are equally spaced. Fit the floor frame and align the edges with attention. Use rafter ties to secure the floor frame to the skids. Leave no gaps between the components and align the edges flush. Measure the diagonals and make sure they are equal.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the joists. Leave no gaps between the panels for a professional result.
Build the plain side wall for the fishing shack from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ or 24″ on center. Make sure the corners are square.
Build the opposite side wall frame from 2×4 lumber and 2×6 lumber for the headers. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the headers and lock them together with 2 1/2″ screws and glue. You can easily adjust the size of the windows, so they suit your needs. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every as show in the plans.
Build the front wall for the ice fishing house from 2×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to frame a window and the door opening to the front wall. In this manner, you can access the shack and you will let a lot of light inside the shelter. For this wall I have used 2×4 lumber for the headers.
Build the back wall in the same manner described above.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shack. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tight. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws. Check if the corners are square.
Fit the T1-11 siding to the back of the shack. Align the edges flush with the sides of the shelter and insert 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing. Insert the sheets 1 1/2″ from the top plate.
Cut the panels for the front of the shack from T1-11 siding. Mark the cut lines on the sheets and get the job done with a circular saw. Attach the sheets to the front of the shed and align the edges flush. Inset the sheets 1 1/2″ from the top and secure them into place with 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Cut and fit the siding sheets to the side of the shack. Use the same techniques described above for a professional result.
Cut the sheets and then attach them to the side with window of the shack. Align the edges flush and insert 6-8d nails to lock into place tightly.
Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the ice fishing house.
You need to check out PART 2 and 3 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof and how to attach the door to the front if the shelter. Moreover, I show you how to build and fit the trims to all four sides of the shack.
This woodworking project was about ice fishing shack 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.
My Son and I would love to tackle the 6×8 Ice Fishing House. I tried to print it but then noticed that you had turned off the printing feature. I was wondering if there was any way I might purchase the plans and have them sent via PDF to my email? Thanks so much for offering this. Look forward to hearing from you.
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