Firewood Box and Wood Carrier

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Project by Napaman posted 04-14-2007 07:19 PM 7311 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Despite this being my 2nd posted project, this is actually the first project I made last summer. But due to technical difficulties I could not get the photos off my computer when I joined LJ.

I like this project. In my naivete I thought it would be a simple project to start my new word working experience. The design changed MANY times as I learned how to use my tools. At the time I had not built my sawhorses so I had not table to work off…and I was using my table saw as a place to work…which was not good…then the floor.

In the end I had a lot more scrap wood then I could have imagined before I started due to all my design changes and miss-cuts, but I like the functionality and the look. The box is made of pine. My wife had wanted a wood rack of some type…but then we realized we wanted to hide the wood a bit more…so then it became a box. At first I was going to make the top as a solid piece with the same sides…but then realized that would be waaay too heavy. Then I came up with the slatted (?) top…with the ends coming out as handles. I did not finish the wood…mainly in the beginning because I had no idea how to take that step—-but also I worred that the finish would affect the firewood…

Now I am glad that I did not finish it…it has gotten a bit banged up over the use of our BITTER NAPA winters (we had many nights into the 20’s Dusty!!), but I like the knicks.

I may still add a thin piece of wood for the underside of the rack so that the fire wood peices dont fall onto the carpet as we bring wood into the house. But I like the look of the rack without that…so I have left it this way so far.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 04-14-2007 07:25 PM

Excellent project Matt. And I really like the “landscape” look of the grain in that second picture. Almost looks like a sunset. Nicely done and thanks for sharing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 04-14-2007 08:43 PM

this is great .. and I love the journey that it took while it was being created!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 04-14-2007 09:07 PM

Nice project. I would at least oil it with something. Boilded linseed oil cut with paint thinner would be quick and easy. It will help to protect the wood from those chilly napa winters.

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#4 posted 04-14-2007 09:07 PM

Great project matt.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-15-2007 01:18 AM

It looks good and functional.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 01:38 AM

That’s funny… my first project – not posted here (yet?) is also a firewood box. I got the plan out of a Barnes&Noble book. After a winter it looked like we’ve had it forever. There was a hinged lid that I finally got around to attaching this summer to keep the cats out. It’s held up well, and I’ll bet yours will long outlive mine… as Dennis pointed out… Wait, don’t you guys just uncork a bottle (or go to a couple tastings) to brush off the chill?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 04-15-2007 04:24 AM

Well…I have uncorked quite a few…and that does help take off the chill…but I didnt hinge mine because the lid actually acts as the wood carrier from outside to inside…then it rests on top of the box…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 04-15-2007 03:55 PM

Well Matt you gave me inspiration to build something simiular. Great idea, helps keep the wood “trash” off the floor and in the box.

Great 1st project!

-- Jimmy

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#9 posted 04-16-2007 05:08 AM

Nice project! Looking forward to more of your work.


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#10 posted 12-22-2007 01:51 PM

I am searching for a Firewood box now :) Nice project for sure.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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