1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

$200 Wood Rack Complete--Just in Time!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by thinkxingu, Oct 29, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,088
    Loc:
    S.NH
    OK, so I finished my new wood rack just in time--started snowing half an hour later. Anyway, it's solid, may need a couple braces in back for left/right solidity (though I think the wood itself will add that, I've got some extra wood). Cost approximately $200 and will hold about 4 cords. Given that we burn less than 2/year, I'll always be at least two years ahead.

    Was planning on something a bit more extravagant, but with a second child on the way, a ton of wood waitin' to be split, and, ultimately, for something to hold wood, I'm happy.

    Peace out,

    S

    Attached Files:

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2011
    Messages:
    3,142
    Loc:
    St. Lawrence River Valley, N.Y.
    Nice work S. I like being able to see the wood stacked and that provides good air flow. When I move my wood in under my covered porch for the winter I leave 2-3 inches between the piles to allow for a little better air flow under there. I agree with you about the braces across the back. It would be a shame to see your structure compromised after all that work. Put them on, then you will never find out if it is strong enough now or not. Thanks for sharing the pics, and have a good burning season man.
  3. tickbitty

    tickbitty Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,539
    Loc:
    VA
    Nice, can you share the dimensions and materials? Are those two sheets of plywood on the bottom? What's the roof made of, and what's the slope of it? Just for future reference that is!~
  4. shawneyboy

    shawneyboy New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,592
    Loc:
    NE PA
    Nice job

    Shawn
  5. Joey

    Joey Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Messages:
    434
    Loc:
    Northeastern USA/ Dirty Jersey/Ocean County
    +1....nice job
  6. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,088
    Loc:
    S.NH
    Tick,
    Because I wanted to fit this in as close as possible to the property line, the dimensions are a bit screwy: Each 'side' is 99" (8' 2x4's with 2x4 ends), and I connected the two in the middle. The front supports are 7' (I was going to use 8 footers here, too, but that was too high), the rear are 6'. You can't see, but I cut out a portion of the uprights for the headers to sit into (think it's called rabbiting?) and in the middle I cut portions out to overlap/secure the headers between the two sides. Floor is rough cut (#4, but not sure how consistent that is between mills) planks, 1x12. I made it so it can hold 3, 20" pieces front to back (5'), an average of 6.5' high, and 16' wide for a total of 4.1 cords. Let me know if there's anything else.

    S
  7. MarkinNC

    MarkinNC Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2010
    Messages:
    529
    Loc:
    Leicester, NC
    Nicely done and at a good price too!
  8. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Messages:
    3,887
    Loc:
    Central Mass
    Very nice, simply but very effective. What did you use for the roof?
  9. WoodNStuff

    WoodNStuff Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2011
    Messages:
    513
    Loc:
    South Central WI
    Great little wood shed. I currently have my wood stacked on open pallets. Would like to put together a wood shed or two. Just don't have time now. I've got too much wood to split.
  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,972
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    200.00 bucks awesome work!
  11. wood-fan-atic

    wood-fan-atic New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    870
    Loc:
    Long Island, NY
    I think Ive seen that shed somewhere before....... hmmmmmmm?

    Attached Files:

  12. jjs777_fzr

    jjs777_fzr Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    Messages:
    304
    Loc:
    NorthShore, MA USA
    that sure is a purty good looking wood bin/shed/rack lol
  13. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,088
    Loc:
    S.NH
    Thanks for the kind words, and I'll be sure to add some bracing. Wood fan, this is definitely a mix of many designs here!

    S
  14. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Looks good and I hope you post some pictures after you fill that shed.
  15. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Messages:
    6,207
    Loc:
    Carver, MA.
    Great looking shed! Are you sure the roof can handle the snowload there in NH? I would be concerned about the floor too with tons of wood added to it.. I had issues with 2x6" with a 6' span that is why I ask, easier to beef up now rather than after the wood has been added.. Sorry to be a fly in the ointment just hate to see you have a problem once you start adding wood and snow load to the roof..

    Ray
  16. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,495
    Okay, I'll throw my .02 in also. That was what I thought when I looked at it, that a little beefing up now could save an "OMG!! (pix)" post in Feb or March. If you don't go that route, you may want to pick up a roof rake so as to keep the load light on the shed roof. I think that the bracing to prevent lateral shift is a really good idea, too.
  17. davmor

    davmor Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    Loc:
    Northern Michigan
    Good job. Will look even better when you fill it. Nothing like having a good place to store your firewood in a nice dry area, without using tarps.
  18. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,088
    Loc:
    S.NH
    I didn't build it any heavier duty because the one I'm replacing was 2x4 over a five foot span and it didn't have any trouble holding 4 feet of wood- this one has less than four foot span- with the blocks, it's close to three. As for the roof, it's 1/2 inch plywood with 24" on center rafters, spanning six feet under a bunch of pines at a good angle- the most snow I ever had on my other one was about six inches.

    I'm gonna add the side braces today.

    S
  19. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2008
    Messages:
    6,207
    Loc:
    Carver, MA.
    http://www.awc.org/calculators/span/calc/timbercalcstyle.asp?species=Eastern+White+Pine&size=2x8&grade=No.+2&member=Rafters+(Snow+Load)&deflectionlimit=L/360&spacing=24&wet=No&incised=No&liveload=20&snowload=20&deadload=10&submit=Calculate+Maximum+Horizontal+Span

    This is the calculator I used and I went a little under, the roof has 2x8's - 24" on center rafters .. As long as your snow doesn't build up you should be OK but the floor still concerns me.. For the floor I have 2x6's with a 6' span and when I was loading the oak my joist hangers started to rip out (the floor sank 1/2" in minutes!) and luckily I had some 8x8's laying around so I shoved them under the floor to support the joist ends where the hangers are located.. I got very lucky that I had something right there that fit perfectly..

    Ray
  20. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,088
    Loc:
    S.NH
    I have six 2 x 4, 15" apart with just over a three foot span (4 feet minus 4 inches of block under both ends. All are end nailed with 4 inch nails and all corners/middles on blocks. I'll find out soon enough!

    S
  21. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    8,426
    Loc:
    So Cent ALASKA
    Nice!
    Just stuff it full, the wood will hold up the roof if it's jammed in there. No snow load problems!
    Wood rack today,
    Great wood shed when full :)
  22. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,643
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    The only thing better than a newly built woodshed is a newly built woodshed full of seasoned firewood.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page