Looking for a way to get your hands on a built-to-last, good looking log store at a price you can actually afford?
No doubt, like me, you've heard some of the horror stories about the cheap and cheerful, pre-built log stores available out there. And with the cost of living being as high as it is right now, forking out for a for an adequately-built one just isn't an option. Or, maybe you've considered building one yourself but you don't have a clue where to begin.
If this sounds a little bit like you, please read on. What I'm about to tell you may be just what you've been looking for.
I'm Steve Baker and, amongst other things, I make log stores professionally. I'm not a trained joiner or anything like that, I'm just a guy who likes making stuff out of wood and I have done for as long as I can remember. You can see some examples of my pre-built log stores by clicking here.
A few years ago I wrote a manual demonstrating how to make a simple log store using a mixture of reclaimed pallet wood and some new timber and screws etc.. Well, I'm pleased to say that it was a moderate success and I have some great feedback from people who bought the guide and went on to build their own firewood store. Please click here if you'd like to see what some of them said.
One thing that did occur to me, though, was that the finished article was a little on the small side for anyone who uses a wood burner as one of their main sources of heat. So, I gave it some thought, modified one of my existing designs and started to build a larger log store while taking numerous photographs along the way. Thus, making the explanation of things so much easier for me. And I ended up with a log store capable of the seasoning and/or storage of around 1.25 cubic metres (44 cubic feet) of logs.
All the materials I used to carry out the build were readily available from a few of my local DIY stores and the like. But I think it's only fair that I tell you that when it came to weatherproofing the roof I used one metre (39 3/8in) wide Super Shed Felt. This is very readily available here in the UK but may not be so easy to get your hands on if you live elsewhere. This being the case, may I suggest that you stop reading now and do some research into what is available and whether this project will be viable for you. I should also point out that the pitch of the roof is only around 4 degrees.
The overall dimensions of the finished article are roughly: 48in (1220mm) high, 33 1/2in (851mm) deep and 69 1/2in (1765mm) wide. And throughout both designing and building it, I ensured that a) anyone, regardless or their woodworking experience would be able to follow my instructions, and, b) it could be built with no more than the basics when it came to the tools required.
Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to enable you to build your log store:
- Some rigger or similar gloves for handling the rough sawn timber.
- Some eye protection.
- A claw hammer.
- A mallet (a hammer and a block of scrap timber will suffice).
- A sharp hand saw.
- A sharp wood chisel (1/2in (12mm) or 3/4in (19mm) would be fine)
- A combination square.
- A framing square.
- A pencil.
- A trimming/marking knife.
- An electric drill/screwdriver.
- A 3/16in (5mm) twist drill.
- A 1/8in (3mm) twist drill.
- A countersink bit.
- A No 2 PZ screwdriver bit.
- A spirit level.
- A straight edge (you could use the spirit level or a straight piece of wood for this. I have a couple of pieces of MDF architrave, I have a long one – 8ft (2440mm) and one about 3ft (915mm)).
- Two clamps (I recommend the 12in or 18in Irwin quick-release type)
- A suitable workbench capable of accommodating work-pieces of up to 6ft X 3ft (1829mm X 915mm) and keeping them square while you work on them – please see the accompanying manual.
- A steel tape measure
- A 1in (25mm) paint brush and an artist’s small paintbrush.
- Pen and paper for making notes etc.
The finished manual is 120 pages long and is made up of a combination of over 11800 words and 189 photographs. I guess you could say that it's like looking over my shoulder as I build mine. It tells you everything you need to know, the exact materials to buy and I've given each measurement in both inches and milimetres so you can work with your preference.
Here's a photo I picked at random, so you'll get an idea of what to expect:
Now, I've been making this size of log store for a while now and I can tell you that there is one thing that makes the whole build awkward: keeping things square while they are being assembled is a bit of a pain. In fact, if I'm totally honest, it's a huge pain. Constant checking and double-checking with a framing square starts to drive you nuts after a while.
So, with your wellbeing in mind, I came up with a temporary workbench, specifically designed to be used to help you when you build your log store, then taken apart, so you may use the timber elsewhere. I took several photographs along the way as I built mine and bundled them together in a separate 42 page, 3975+ word manual called: How To Build A Workbench For Your Log Store. And to keep costs down, I'll give you this for free when you purchase the main How To Build A Larger Log Store manual.
Before I get to the price let me tell you what you'll be getting for your money.
You get all this for a one time fee of £9.99 (9.99 GBP) and it will be yours to download within minutes.
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