Keep firewood handy and out of the snow in this sheltering holder.
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Cut the base front and back (A) 47 inches long from pressure-treated 2 x 8s. On one of the boards, mark a line from edge to edge at the center of the board (Firewood Holder Project Diagram). Mark the line 4 inches from the top edge. Then mark the top edge 12 inches from both ends.
Observe simple safety precautions when working with pressure-treated lumber. Wear breathing and eye protection when cutting the wood, and wash your hands and clothes thoroughly when finished. Discard scraps in household garbage -- never burn them.
Clamp scrap blocks to the board with the inside edges aligned with the 12-inch marks. Center a metal yardstick or 1/4-inch-thick strip of wood between the blocks and pull it until the inside curve reaches the 4-inch mark. Trace the shape of the curve on the wood.
Cut along the curved line with a jigsaw and sand the curve smooth. Then use the curve on the first board to trace a curve on the second base piece. Cut and sand the second base part. Check that the curves in the wood match the curves of a window well.
From a 2 x 8 board, cut two base sides (B) 13 inches long. On the base front and back, measure 3 inches in from each end and mark lines from side to side. Clamp the base sides between the base pieces. Transfer the locations of the ends of the sides to the faces of the base front and back, and drill 3/16-inch pilot holes centered over the ends of the 13-inch boards.
Apply construction adhesive to the ends of the base sides. Use a wrench or socket set to drive 3-inch lag screws to assemble the base. If you have a hard time driving the screws, rub a wax candle on the threads to make turning them easier.
From 2 x 8 boards, cut two 16-inch shelf sides (C). Measure the distance between the flanges on a window well. Then add 1 inch -- ours was a total of 38 inches. From 2 x 8 boards, cut two shelves (D) to length.
Clamp a shelf (D) to your work surface on edge. Center a shelf side (C) on one end of a shelf piece, drill 3/16-inch pilot holes and use 3-inch lag screws and construction adhesive to fasten the end to the shelf. Repeat for the other end of the shelf. Then repeat to add the second shelf, leaving a gap between the two shelf boards.
Apply a stain or painted finish of your choice to the shelf assembly and the base assembly.
Place the shelf assembly on a flat work surface. Lay a window well with the end flanges flush with the outside edges of the shelf edges and mark the mounting screw locations. Drill 3/16-inch pilot holes and use 1-1/2-inch lag screws with washers to attach the window well flanges to the shelf sides (C). Repeat for the second window well.
Place the base on a flat work surface and lay a level on the base front or back. Use scrap spacers to make it level. Carefully place the shelf assembly on the base and center the bottom window well of the assembly on the base front and back. Place a level on the shelf and rotate the assembly until it’s level and parallel with the base.
Measure from the edge of the window well overhang to the face of the base, add 3/4 inch (half the thickness of the base front), and use a hammer and awl to place a dimple in the metal. It should be centered over the thickness of the base front. Drill 3/16-inch pilot holes through the window well and into the base. Then drive 1-1/2-inch lag screws with washers to fasten the shelf assembly to the base.
Position the firewood holder on a level site. Place bricks or pavers beneath the base at the ends and in the middle to raise the wood off the ground. Then check for and fix low spots and wobbles before adding firewood.