How to Build a Woodshed

Pallet wood and regular lumber, plus some basic ideas can help you learn how to build a woodshed.

  • Tom’s heavy-built shed has 4-by-4 corner posts with 2-by-6 wall boards spaced 8 inches apart.
    Photo courtesy FARM SHOW

Retired Minnesota veterinarian Tom Hohl heats his house and garages with wood, often using six to nine cords a year. “Like most people, I stored cut wood under a tarp or canvas, but it never cured very well, and moisture always seemed to work its way into the bottom 2 feet of wood, whatever I tried,” says Hohl. “I decided to solve the problem once and for all by building a sturdy 12-by-16-foot woodshed that would store my wood off the ground, offer protection from any kind of weather, and hold a year’s supply at one time.”

The woodshed has double 4-by-4 corner posts. It’s bolted securely to a wood frame made of 6-by-6 treated lumber. Eight pieces of 1-by-4 bracing provide diagonal support from the top plate to the foundation. Each piece is bolted to a joist and also to the floor plate. Wall boards are 2-by-6s spaced 8 inches apart.

Inside the structure, Hohl used solid pallets for the floor. “I thought about pouring concrete, but the pallets help keep the bottom rows of wood dry and aren’t affected by moisture,” he says.

Hohl built a gable roof 4 feet high in the center with 2-foot overhangs on all sides. The roof is covered with raised rib steel, and metal facias all the way around provide a nice finished look. The roof ends are open to allow ventilation and for moisture to rise as the wood cures.

Hohl says he probably invested close to $2,000 in lumber and materials for the crib, plus 40 or more hours of labor to build it. “To me, it will pay for itself in a couple years because it holds 11 cords of wood and keeps the supply dry in any kind of weather.” 

For more information, email Tom Hohl at
5/15/2018 9:16:43 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own woodshed– I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

4/7/2015 8:51:27 AM

Speaking of wood. Has anyone heard about the Rocket Wood Fuel Heater? Supposedly, it uses roughly 1/2 cord of wood per winter in the North to heat a house. It is suppose to be able to recycle the smoke which it burns as well meaning extended heating, less creosote, less back breaking chopping, and cleaner air {less dust}. I've seen the plans to build your own and the plans are cheaply priced. The cost to build a Rocket is suppose to be under $100.00 USD. If anyone has heard of this or has used one I would greatly appreciate knowing. As for this article I like it very much with 2 exceptions. One, I think the roof should be extended out further to throw off any snow or rain further away from the building and, Two, perhaps encase the lower 1/3 to avoid wetness but also drilling holes in the encasing to allow air flow. Thank yo. ~D~

2/24/2015 11:31:28 PM

what a nice article.The design that you have used for woodshed is inspiring.I really liked your ideas.I work with California fence Company that provides fabulous fencing materials along with certified services in very pocket able amount. Nice share.

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