Up-cycling anything I could find this wood store was pretty straight forward to make. Using a very basic list of tools this only took a couple of days to put together. In this blog I’m going to show you how to build your own. If however you want me to make one for you just get in touch via my contact page.
This job doesn’t require a long list of complex tools. In fact I would say you only need these three tools to get the job done right.
- A good drill (I use a Dewalt DCD776S2T-GB 18V Cordless Combi drill which will set you back about £100.)
- A 20″ hand saw. (£8)
- Orbital sander. This isn’t essential but helps to smooth the rough edges of the wood which helps prepare for painting. (A reasonable orbital sander will cost around £45.)
- Long and short screws. You’re going to need a mix of screws to join all the pieces.
- Old garden fence posts. (70mm x 70mm x1.8m) My brother had 5 old fence posts which were perfect for this project. Get new ones here if required.
- Wooden cladding slats. Purchased from B&Q, costs £6.30 per pack of 10. I used 4 packs. (TIMBER CLADDING SMOOTH CLADDING (T)7.5MM (W)95MM (L)890MM)
- Bed slats or similar timber. I saved some slats from an old bed which were ideal for this job.
How to build your own wood store – step by step guide
- Cut four fence posts to the same length (if required) and the 5th in half.
- Lay them out into two triangle shapes to work out the angles to cut. I used the grid on my patio to get them symmetrical. Then with a pencil draw the cut lines on each piece.
- Cut the angles using the hand saw and fix the pieces together using large screws. Drill pilot holes to ensure the wood doesn’t split.
- Paint the two triangles, I used standard fence paint. Forest green.
- Treat the wood with a good outdoor wood stain. I used Cuprinol Antique Pine Softwood & Hardwood Furniture Stain. Make sure you have a couple of layers to give good protection again the weather.
- Using the bed slats, fit the base ensuring there is sufficient space between the slats for air flow.
- Secure the top of the triangle with a couple of 2×4 treated wood.
- Secure the timber cladding starting from the top and working your way down. Ensure they slot together so that water cannot get trapped in the grooves and fix with 2 x screws at each end. Don’t over tighten.
- Add backing support if required. This will stop the heavy wood leaning against your neighbours fence (in my case).
- Finally, cut a piece of drain pipe to length and fix to the top of the wood store with two long screws.
And hey presto, one completed children’s play house… I mean wood store!
This was a nice easy project to complete on a sunny day and even the kids could help out. It looks pretty cool and I was able to use a number of reclaimed materials which is always good for the environment.
I’m planning on making a few more of these as one just isn’t enough to store enough wood for the winter months. Two or three more should provide plenty of wood for a year or two.
I’m always looking for ways to save money on my projects, whether it’s using reclaimed materials, using CashBack sites or Club Cards at B&Q or Wickes. My cash back earnings so far for the two years I’ve been a member have topped £450! Nice little bonus for some new tools.
Check out some more of my great DIY projects for some inspiration in and around your home:
- How to build your own decking area
- How to build your own veranda for under £500
- How to build your own radiator cover
- How to build your own under stair drawers for under £100
- How to restore garden furniture