This step by step diy project is about 12×16 9 cord firewood shed plans. I have designed this large firewood storage shed so you can shelter 9 cords of wood with style. The roof pitch for this shed is 2:12. 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.
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How to build a 12×16 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. Measure the diagonals and make adjustments until they are equal.
Place the joists every 24″ on center. Select the location for the shed and level the surface thoroughly. Compact a 3- 4″ layer of gravel under the shed, because that will help with draining the excess moisture.
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.
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.
Use 2×6 lumber for the posts. Cut the posts at the right dimensions, as shown in diagram. Align the components, making sure the edges are flush. Drill pilot holes and assemble the corner posts with 2 1/2″ screws.
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. Fit the middle 2×6 supports to the front and back of the shed. We need them to support the top beams.
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 1/2″ wood screws into the posts. Use a spirit level to make sure the beams are perfectly horizontal. Use T ties to secure the vertical posts to the support beam, as shown in diagram. Secure the ties into place with 1 1/2″ structural screws.
Check PART 2 of the project, to learn more on how to build the roof.
This lean to shed is sturdy and the roof angle allows the snow and other elements to drain easily to the back. Make sure you read the local codes, so the plans comply with your local regulations.
If you heat your home with firewood, then you most certainly need a large shed that will keep the fuel dry and ready to use. This lean to shed can hold 9 cords of wood (and even more if you stack it up to the top of the roof) and it is designed to be cost efficient. I strongly recommend you to use Pressure Treated lumber for the skids and floor of the shed.
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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