For a well-organised storage space for your firewood, create this Rustic Wooden Storage Shed
- Cost100-200 £
- Duration1 d
Here is a different take on garden sheds. This version is a space-saving, open storage solution that will easily find a place in the garden or on the patio. It provides protection and well-organised storage space for your firewood. There is also space on the shelves for all kinds of garden utensils and plant pots – replacing garden chaos with tidy rustic style.
- wood drill bit (3.5 mm)
- wood drill bit (2.5 mm)
- Set square
- protective gloves
- 1 multiplex panel, 13 mm thick, (2.20 x 1.60 m), waterproof laminated, birch, for centre panel and roof panels
- 1 multiplex panel, 13 mm thick, (1.80 x 1.20 m), waterproof laminated, birch, for shelves and construction strips
- 5 square timbers, planed, 2.5 m long, (58 x 58 mm), spruce, for cross, side and gable struts
- 2 square timbers, planed, 3 m long, (58 x 58 mm), spruce, for corner struts
- 2 square timbers, planed, 2 m long, (58 x 58 mm), spruce, for roof struts
- 60 wood screws, stainless steel (5.0 x 100 mm), for the frame
- 30 wood screws, stainless steel (3.5 x 20 mm), for the construction strips
- 60 wood screws, stainless steel (3.5 x 40 mm), for the construction strips and the roof
- approx. 1.5 l weather protection paint for wood, whichever colour you want
- roof shingles for area of approx. 2 m²
- 1 bottle of wood glue
- 2 end brackets for the roof (optional)
- weatherproof mounting tape (optional)
- 6 feet, depending on surface (e.g. bricks)
Let's go - step by step
Cut the struts for the base of the wood shed
You need: Mitre saws
The base of the wood shed is a frame made of square timbers, which has to be built first. To do so, first saw the square timbers as specified in the construction plan. Six cross struts measuring 1.20 m, six side struts and a gable strut measuring 54.4 cm, four corner struts measuring 1.50 m and four roof struts (two measuring 92 cm, two measuring 86.2 cm). This is easy and safe to do with the mitre saw. The 45-degree mitre cuts for the bottom edges of the roof strips are also easy to do with this tool.
Cut the pieces for the centre panel and the roof of the wood shed
You need: Hand-held circular saws
The second step is to saw the larger multiplex panel using the circular saw. This produces the centre panel (202 x 66 cm) and the roof (two pieces measuring 100 x 75 cm). In the right-hand half of the wood storage shed there are three shelves, while the opposite side has no shelves so that the firewood can be stacked there. Precision work is required for these shelves so that all the individual parts fit accurately into the frame construction at the end. Cut the boards for the three shelves (54.4 x 59.3 cm) out of the smaller panel. Cut six construction strips measuring 51.8 x 4 cm and six strips measuring 59.3 x 4 cm to be used as shelf supports for the three shelves.
Time for the detail work
You need: Jigsaws
Now the jigsaw is used for more detailed work. Use the cordless jigsaw to “notch” the centre panel at the heights the six cross struts will later be at (see construction plan). This means sawing recesses the size of the cross struts (58 x 58 mm) in the centre panel. The struts can then later be fitted precisely in the frame construction.
Time for some careful sanding
You need: Multi-sander
Once the different sawing tasks have been completed, the cut edges now have to be finished. They should be sanded down carefully to remove unsightly splinters and tears. This is especially easy to do with the cordless multi-sander.
Assemble the wood shed
You need: Cordless combi drill
Now to assemble the wood shed. For each of the two sides of the frame construction, first assemble two of the corner struts you cut in step 1 with three of the side struts. The side struts connect the two corner struts like the “rungs” of a ladder (see construction plan side view). To do so, first use the cordless drill driver and a wood drill bit (3.5 mm) to pre-drill the holes marked in the construction plan, put some glue on the edges, assemble the pieces and then screw them together. To produce a particularly sturdy construction, use two large screws (5.0 x 100 mm) on each joint. Then connect the resulting side sections of the frame construction at the bottom using the two base cross struts. Next, insert the other two cross struts for the front side into the resulting “U” as specified in the construction plan and screw each to the corner struts – don’t forget to pre-drill here as well. Now insert the centre panel into the construction from behind and screw it to the front cross struts. Then you can also insert the remaining cross struts for the rear side and screw them to the frame.
Create the shelves
You need: Cordless combi drill
Now for the right-hand half of the wood shed, which the shelves will be integrated into. Fit the small construction strips previously cut from the multiplex panel (see step 2) along the cross and side struts and along the centre panel using the cordless drill driver. (Note: Pre-drill the holes again beforehand using a thin wood drill bit.) Use the small screws (3.5 x 20 mm) for fitting to the centre panel and the medium screws (3.5 x 40 mm) for fitting to the frame. Then place the shelves loose on the construction strips.
The last steps to construct the wood shed
You need: cordless tacker
Once the roof struts have also been screwed together at a right angle and the front and rear sides have been connected using the gable strut, they can be screwed from above to the previously assembled frame (see construction plan) – and the shed construction is then finished. Place the previously sawn roof panels on the roof struts with slight overhang at the front and sides and then screw them to the struts. Use a small wood drill bit (2.5 mm) to pre-drill holes as medium screws (3.5 x 40 mm) will be driven into these. Next, attach roof shingles using a tacker such as the universal tacker. When doing so, it is very important to start from the bottom and work your way up towards the gable.
The finishing touches
You can now fit end brackets to the roof edges to make them look nicer. They can be fitted using a strong, weatherproof mounting tape. Finally, paint the wood shed with weather protection paint in whichever colour you want. Once the paint has dried (ideally overnight), your firewood, plant pots and other small garden utensils can find shelter in your very own wood shed.