House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a sturdy cedar seat that keeps firewood close.
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Crackling wood fires have always been an evening tradition in our family, but trekking out to the woodpile to retrieve an armload of logs has never been anyone’s favorite activity. So I decided to build something that would put a stockpile of dry wood just outside the door. Instead of the typical log rack, I settled on a storage bench with space for firewood that provides a convenient seat for taking off snowy boots.
The slatted design is quick and easy to put together—there’s no complicated joinery—and because it’s clad in western red cedar over an inner structure of sturdy cedar 2xs, I can leave it outside year-round, sheltered on our front porch. With our wood supply now just steps from the entry, keeping the fire stoked is less of a chore.
Here’s how to build a bench of your own.
For a cut list and steps go to the This Old House website [https://www.thisoldhouse.com/e/22555372].
Cost: About $230
Time: 4 hours
Skill level: Easy
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6-inch square drive bit [https://amzn.to/3cNvsgG]
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Three 2×4 cedar boards, each 8 feet long [https://thd.co/3I707UA]
Five 1×6 cedar boards, each 8 feet long [https://thd.co/3o5VjHn]
3-inch No. 10 stainless-steel deck screws [https://amzn.to/3xmfrrq]
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