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How To Build a Custom Firewood Holder

The firewood rack is faced with rough-hewn cedar logs and capped with metal roofing material.

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custom built firewood rack from rough hewn logs
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Measure and Cut the Wood

Measure the space and determine the dimensions of the log holder that will work for you. You may want to sketch out a basic design to help visualize the components. Based on your chosen dimensions, and using a table saw or chop saw, cut the pressure-treated lumber to form the elements of the log-holder frame.

Step 2: Assemble the Frame

With the lumber cut to the proper dimensions, assemble the frame with galvanized screws and metal brackets (Images 1 and 2). For a design like the one featured here, install 45-degree braces in the upper corners of the frame to add stability as well as a decorative pocket cove.

Step 3: Add the Facade

Round cedar logs, cut in half lengthwise, serve as the decorative facade on this firewood holder. After cutting the pressure-treated lumber, mark the measurements needed for the facade on the cedar logs, cut them to length, then rip the logs lengthwise using a table saw. With the wood frame assembled and sturdy, secure the cedar facade onto the pressure-treated lumber frame using galvanized screws (Image 1). Ripping through large logs like the ones used in this project, or any dense wood, can be hard on blades. Be sure the blade is sharp before you begin. It's good practice to replace blades regularly to ensure smoother cuts.

secure cedar facade onto lumber frame with screws

Step 4: Add the Roofing Material

Secure roofing material onto pitched pieces with galvanized roofing nails. For the finishing touch, cap the firewood rack with roofing materia (Image 1)l.

cap the firewood rack with roofing material

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