How to make a firewood log rack

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How to make a firewood log rack
Store logs. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A wood-burning fire provides warmth, comfort and a pleasant environment in your home. If you use the fire for regular heating during the winter, you will need a large stock of firewood so you can make a fire whenever you need. A firewood log rack is a very useful item to have as they are built to be strong enough to house hundreds of firewood logs. This allows you to collect your wood at one time, and keep it safe and dry until you are ready to use it.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 pieces, 2.4 m (8 feet) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) wood
  • 5 pieces, 40 cm (16 inch) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) wood
  • Power drill
  • Wood screws
  • 2 pieces, 40 cm (16 inch) 5 cm x 15 cm (2 x 6 inch) wood
  • 2 pieces, 1.2 m (48 inch) 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) wood
  • 40 cm x 1.2 m (16 x 48 inch) exterior plywood
  • 2 squares, 40 cm x 40 cm (16 x 16 inch) plywood
  • Saw
  • Outdoor sealer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place two lengths of 2.4 m (8 feet) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) wood horizontally in front of you. They should be parallel to each other and 16 inches apart. The base of the rack will be built on this.

  2. 2

    Place a 40 cm (16 inch) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) vertically on top of the horizontal pieces so it is directly in the middle. The short piece should be perpendicular to the horizontal pieces, with the top and bottom ends resting on the long pieces.

  3. 3

    Put another 40 cm (16 inch) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) piece vertically, so it is 30 cm (1 foot) to the left of the middle vertical piece. Place another piece 30 cm (1 foot) to the right of the middle one. You should now have three vertically positioned pieces resting on top of the horizontal ones.

  4. 4

    Place two more 40 cm (16 inch) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch) posts, one to the left of the furthest piece to the left and one to the right of the furthest piece to the right. These pieces should also be 30 cm (1 foot) away from the previous piece.

  5. 5

    Drill through the ends of the vertical pieces and into the horizontal wood below to attach them firmly. Use a power drill and wood screws to attach the pieces together.

  6. 6

    Lay each of the 5 cm x 15 cm (2 x 6 inch) pieces on top of the horizontal pieces at each of the far ends so all of the edges line up. Attach them to the horizontal pieces in the same way as you did with the other wood in Step Five.

  7. 7

    Turn over the base so the long pieces are on top. Put two pieces of 1.2 m (48 inch) 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) flat on the table, so they are vertical and parallel. They should be 20 cm (8 inches) apart, from the inside edges of the wood.

  8. 8

    Lay one piece of the 40 cm x 1.2 m (16 x 48 inch) exterior plywood on top of the 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards. The 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards should be covered with the plywood and the edges should be squared up. Drill through the plywood into the 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards beneath with the wood screws placed every 15 cm (6 inches). This is one of the side panels. Make another side panel in the same way.

  9. 9

    Stand up the side panels so they are against both ends of the base. The exterior side of the plywood should be facing inward, toward each other. Drill through the base of each of the side panels into the base wood that the panel is resting against. These screws should be inserted every 7.5 cm (3 inches).

  10. 10

    Cut both 40 cm (16 inch) plywood squares in half with a saw, diagonally so you get two triangles out of each square.

  11. 11

    Place a triangle over the corner on each side of the end panels. The 90-degree corner of the triangle should line up with the 90-degree corners of the vertical panel and the horizontal base. Drill into the triangles along the straight edges into the base and side panels. These screws will secure the triangle to the rack and hold its shape.

  12. 12

    Apply an outdoor sealer to the rack to protect it from the sun and rain. Let the sealer dry before adding any firewood to it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make the rack bigger or smaller if you need to by adjusting the sizes and maintaining the proportions of this rack.
  • Never place anything on top of the firewood in case the wood shifts and crushes the item on top.

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