A durable and cool-looking storage solution for your firewood

Firewood cupboard

  • Difficulty
  • Cost
    40-85 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Inside or out, this shelving unit looks great anywhere. Keep your firewood supply looking neat, and even make a design statement with it, thanks to this shelving solution. You can also keep large logs and kindling separate – super handy.

Make sure you carry out all the steps carefully and take precautions to keep yourself safe. You can find the proper protective clothing for any situation in our overview.

You need
  • pencil
  • work gloves
  • tape measure
  • safety glasses
  • triangle
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Approximately 10 m treated wood
  • Fencing planks
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 7

View the technical drawing

Firewood cupboard technical drawing

The frame of the firewood cupboard comprises: eight pieces of timber, 90 cm long, four pieces of timber to link them, each 40 cm, and four more pieces of timber at 20 cm.

Always use treated wood. Firewood may contain small bugs and beetles (like the longhorn beetle) which love to make homes in soft wood – if your wood is untreated they might start eating away at your shelves.

Download and print your technical drawing here

Step 2 7

Cutting the beams/pieces of wood to size

Measure wood
Use a tape measure to measure the length and a square measure to draw a straight line.
Sawing beams with a jigsaw.
You can also use a regular handsaw if you don't have a jigsaw.

You need: Jigsaws, pencil, tape measure, triangle, safety glasses, work gloves

Measure eight pieces of wood at 90 cm, then a further four pieces at 40 cm and four more pieces at 20 cm. Use a set square to get a clean straight line for your cut.

It's easier and quicker to do all the measuring of all pieces first, and then to start cutting afterwards. Don't forget to clamp your wood securely before you start sawing.

Step 3 7

Pre-drilling the holes for screws

Drill into your cut pieces of wood with a wood drill

You need: Cordless drill/driver

Next, the wood pieces are screwed together with two screws per joint. You should pre-drill the holes in the part of the wood where the joint will be, so that the screws sit more snugly and the wood doesn't split.

Step 4 7

Cutting the upper cross boards to size

Clamp the boards
Measure the boards
Saw the boards to size

You need: Jigsaws, The Bosch Orbital sanders, tape measure, triangle, work gloves, safety glasses, pencil

Now, you need to cut the upper cross boards to size. This is where the small bits of wood and kindling will go. Measure four small pieces of wood to 20 cm. Also measure 11 small pieces of wood to 30 cm. Saw these to size and sand them down using a multi-sander.

Step 5 7

Fixing the frame together

Assembling the firewood cupboard
Screwdriving in wood
Fixing the frame together

You need: The Bosch Orbital sanders, Cordless drill/driver, Screws: 16 x 4 x 50 partially threaded

First, make the two sides of your cupboard using two long planks (90 cm) and connect them using two pieces of 40-cm wood and one 20-cm crossbar (or strut) on the underside of each piece. You also need a 'roof' on top of the long sides, when the cupboard is upright, so you'll need another strut of 20 cm on each.

Fix two fence pieces to the top of the long sides (see photo). Then, use four 90-cm pieces to connect the two sides.

Once your frame is complete, it's time to sand the whole thing again. This should remove any splinters and prepare the wood if you want to stain or paint it.

Step 6 7

Placing the shelving struts in place

Aligning the shelving struts
Screwing down the shelving struts

You need: Cordless drill/driver, Screws

Now, line up all your 30-cm pieces (shelving struts) along the upper cross bar. Make sure they're approximately evenly spaced out. Then, screw these down and your shelf is ready to be used.

Step 7 7

Filling and placing your firewood shelving

Adding your kindling
Adding your logs

You can give the shelving unit a lick of paint, use a wood stain or simply leave it as it is. Position it inside or outside, wherever is most handy. If you're setting it up outside, you might like to stand the shelves on tiles or concrete blocks to allow the wood to dry underneath, and so you don't have to bend down so far.