Sassafras Wood Box

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Project by TraylorPark posted 05-05-2015 12:04 PM 815 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents burn a lot of wood in the winter and their current wood box is probably about 20 years old and falling apart. So enter the wood box 2.0. The dimensions are 4ft wide x 4ft tall x 2ft deep, so it should hold about 1/4 cord of fire wood. I made it out of sassafras due to its rot resistance and availability in my area. My Dad who does most of the fire stoking is wheelchair bound so I decided to make it a cabinet style as opposed to the traditional top load so he could access the bottom logs easier. My Mom wanted it to have a rustic flair to it so I did tongue and groove on the sides and doors as well as leaving the boards in their rough state from the lumber yard. The interior floor is cedar to hopefully cut down on the insects and the back is plywood. I sealed the whole thing with clear Thompson’s water sealer. Thanks for looking and comments, critiques, and questions are always welcome.


-- --Zach

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#1 posted 05-05-2015 12:44 PM

This turned out very nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 10:52 PM


I’m with charles,

Lookin good.

How will the logs stay in the box?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 11:24 AM

Thanks for the comments. To answer your question Doc, I’ve never had many problems with the stability of stacked fire wood. Usually if the stacks do topple its due to the logs rolling forward not pitching to the sides, if that makes any sense. So they will be stacked in so the sides add that front/back stability and if needed the stack can be leaned towards the back of the box to reduce the threat of tipping towards the doors. Provided none of the grandkids rock the box it should be pretty stable.

-- --Zach

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 03:49 AM

I’m thinking they’d have to be pretty strong? LOL! And maybe a decorative latch?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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