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post #1 of 27
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So i have a basic idea of what i want to build.. similar to a saltbox shed.. 3 sides w/ the front open and roof overhang.. want to hold about 3 -4 cords of wood..

i have a rough idea of where to start and how to build it.. just looking for some pointers and tips.. at first i was going to cement the 4 corner posts into the ground and build up from there, then i was thinking instead of cementing it in and making it permanent, i would build a box for the floor w/ the corner posts bolted off of that, this way it is free standing.. I was planning on using skids as the floor, outdoor plywood for the 3 sides and roof.. and eventually singleing the roof.

any recomendations.. try to do some searches for plans.. but didn't come up with anythign good.
post #2 of 27
Josh, since you asked this question at least once before, and got some good tips (I thought), I'm wondering what more you're looking for?
There are loads of plans available on the interweb thingy for what you are looking for. You just probably have to pay for most of them.
Obtuseangler even posted pictures of his woodshed, which looks/sounds just like what you want to do.
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ben Lippen View Post
Josh, since you asked this question at least once before, and got some good tips (I thought), I'm wondering what more you're looking for?
There are loads of plans available on the interweb thingy for what you are looking for. You just probably have to pay for most of them.
Obtuseangler even posted pictures of his woodshed, which looks/sounds just like what you want to do.


yeah i did get good info.. i was just curious if I should cement in the corner posts and build off of it.. or frame a floor and build up off of that..

one way has the unit cemented in place.. one has it as a free standing unit.
post #4 of 27
I have about 5 cords of wood under a tarp in my yard right now. I would love to be able to stack my cord wood on top of some nice, dry concreteI have used several different methods of keeping it dry. Right now I'm stacking it on top of treated 2x4's. This method keeps it off the ground, but still allows groundhogs and skunks to tunnel underneath , weeds to grow, and bugs to frolic.


Why not just pour a concrete slab 4 feet wide and stack the wood on top. Then tarp it.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
i want to stay away from the tarp.. such a pain in the winter.. that is what i have been doing for the past few winters.. i use skids.. 8 of them all stacked 4ft high, 2 rows on each skid.. about 16ft long 8ft wide.. the skids work great for keeping it off the ground.. BUT the tarp never keeps it totally dry.. when it snow's you have to shovel it off just to open the tarp.. have to have things on top to hold it down in the wind..

i would rather build a structure that is covered and i won't need a tarp.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by JoshR View Post
So i have a basic idea of what i want to build.. similar to a saltbox shed.. 3 sides w/ the front open and roof overhang.. want to hold about 3 -4 cords of wood..

i have a rough idea of where to start and how to build it.. just looking for some pointers and tips.. at first i was going to cement the 4 corner posts into the ground and build up from there, then i was thinking instead of cementing it in and making it permanent, i would build a box for the floor w/ the corner posts bolted off of that, this way it is free standing.. I was planning on using skids as the floor, outdoor plywood for the 3 sides and roof.. and eventually singleing the roof.

any recomendations.. try to do some searches for plans.. but didn't come up with anythign good.



I wouldn't cement the posts, but I would bury them down below the frost line.

If you want to build one like mine and need more pictures or tips, please let me know and I'll be happy to give you as much help as I can.

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Originally Posted by Ben Lippen View Post
Josh, since you asked this question at least once before, and got some good tips (I thought), I'm wondering what more you're looking for?
There are loads of plans available on the interweb thingy for what you are looking for. You just probably have to pay for most of them.
Obtuseangler even posted pictures of his woodshed, which looks/sounds just like what you want to do.


Wow, you actually remembered that. I'm impressed. There are alot more leaves and alot smaller pile of junk next to it now.
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post #7 of 27
Mine's about 16 x 8 and is saltbox "inspired". I treated posts and stuck them in holes, no cement. The structure has 3 posts on each side supporting 3 beams. There are also posts inside to support the middle of the beams due to the long span. 2 beams are equal height and support the basic gable roof structure, ridge down the middle between them, and the third beam supports the extended ends of the rafters on the low side of the long side of the roof. There are joists to tie the tall posts together on the sides to keep the gable from going squat, ties on every other rafter abt 1/3 up the length from the two main beams to gain a little extra head room. Not rocket science once you figure out the rafter layout. Been there 18 years and has supported some pretty good snow loads and large limbs. I did have pull it up straight with the truck and add some corner braces a few years ago after some lazy wood stacking let a couple cords try to push it over. It should have been braced in the first place but I'd run out of the lumber I was recycling.
post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 
pretty much that shed is just about what i want to build.. do you have any interior pictures of the framing?
post #9 of 27
What going on in the upper right hand corner? Kindling?
post #10 of 27
Josh,

Sorry, I just checked my harddrive and I only took pictures after I filled it up but I found a couple of pictures online that I hope will help.

But it is really simple "pole barn" framing. Girts nailed to the posts and then sheathing.


Something like this, first plumb the posts, then nail a bottom girt around all three sides, then a middle and top girt. Trim the front and back poles to get the roof pitch you want, in this case the back is one foot lower than the front. span the front and back with a doubled 2x whatever (depending on the span) cut your rafters, sheath it and at a minimum put some tarpaper on the roof.

You could lag bolt it together, but I used 3 1/4 inch framing nails (paslode is our friend ) and after putting it all together, I have a pretty stiff frame.
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post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by JoshR View Post
pretty much that shed is just about what i want to build.. do you have any interior pictures of the framing?


Will try to take some later. It ain't pretty but it works.
post #12 of 27
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What going on in the upper right hand corner? Kindling?


yup. I hung a platform just to keep the kindling handy.
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
this is one of the ideas i had.. 4x4 posts.. framed 2x4 wall in between.. double 2x4 header.. back view and side view.

post #14 of 27


I have a traditional, old school firewood shed. Notice the liberal use of logs as roof hold downs. Will be installing satellite dish this weekend.
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I have a traditional, old school firewood shed. Notice the liberal use of logs as roof hold downs. Will be installing satellite dish this weekend.








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