Project Overview

Having a firewood storage hut is a great idea if you use a fireplace in winter. Not only are they practical, they can also look good and add interest to your backyard. The team at Bosch and big wave surfer Mark Visser demonstrate how to build one yourself from scratch. Continue to step-by-step instructions
How to strengthen timber frames
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Strengthen timber frames

Here is a trick that carpenters use to make timber frames stronger. Hammer your nails in at opposite angles along a piece of timber. The two different angles work with each other to lock the timber in place.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut main support of the frame
2 Cut base of the frame
3 Cut cross braces of the frame and slats
4 Make the two A frames
5 Screw A frames
6 Screw A frames (continued)
7 Install floor base
8 Screw the slats
9 Finished!
  • Step 1. Cut main support of the frame

    Cut four pieces at 2000mm long as main supports. Trim one end at 63 degrees and the other end 30mm in from the end edge at an angle of 27 degrees on each piece.

  • Step 2. Cut base of the frame

    Cut two pieces at 1950mm. Trim the ends at an angle of 63 degrees. Now cut two pieces at 214mm as the cross braces of the frame.

    Next cut four pieces at 450mm long for the width of the base of the frame where the firewood will be placed once complete. From the centre of the 1950mm piece measure out 270mm and 800mm respectively on either side of centre for the spacing of the braces (450mm pieces).

  • Step 3. Cut cross braces of the frame and slats

    In addition, cut four pieces at 530mm, these are your braces for your main supports. From the ground edge measure up 1100mm, this is the centre mark for the centre main support brace. From the top measure down 300mm, this the centre mark for your top main support brace.

    Lastly cut your timber slats for the roof of the storage unit. You'll need 51 pieces at 800mm long to make your roof area complete.

  • Step 4. Make the two A frames

    Lay all pieces out on a flat surface and form the A shape. The lower long brace piece is 100mm up from the ground level. The upper short cross brace sits across the top where the two main supports meet.

  • Step 5. Screw A frames

    Screw all pieces into position to make both A frames.

  • Step 6. Screw A frames (continued)

    Screw all pieces into position to make both A frames.

  • Step 7. Install floor base

    Hold or clamp the braces into position and screw to the A frame. Lay the A frame on its side and place the other A frame in position and finish assembly to make your firewood storage framework complete. Then stand the A frame up and install two slats for your floor base for the wood to sit on.

  • Step 8. Screw the slats

    Mark up 100mm from the ground end, this is the mark for the lower edge of your first slat. From then on mark increments of 85mm along the edge to the top. This will give a 15mm overlap for your slat work. Lastly screw the single remaining pieces across the top and your project is complete.

  • Step 9. Finished!

    Now it’s time to fill your new storage hut with wood and you’re ready for winter.


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