Firewood Shed – Build Timber Frame Style Part 2

Install Firewood Shed Beams

setting the firewood shed rear beam on the posts
Setting back beam in place with help from my wife, Marilyn

To place the beams I enlisted the help of my wife Marilyn. It’s definitely a two person job. Red cedar is not a heavy wood, but too awkward to do this safely single handed. The rear beam fell into place easily.

setting the firewood shed beam on the posts
Setting the front beam in place

The front beam was tight so I tapped it in with a hammer.

long lag bolt tighten through bean into end of post
Drill through beam and into post. Then run in long lag bolt

I drilled into the posts with a long bit, then secured the beams with big lag bolts. I’ll attach the braces to the posts and beams. Now I can remove the temporary bracing.

4×4’s for Back Wall and Front Door

spirit level to check plumb of back wall 4x4
Back wall is supported with two 4×4’s

The back wall of the shed has two vertical 4×4’s to add additional support to hold the weight of the stacked firewood. These are cut to length, screwed into the saddles, plumbed, then secured to the rear beam with screws. Across the back will be a pair of horizontal 2×6’s.

chisel cleans up a dado groove
Front doorway 4×4’s have grooves cut in to accept front cross members

The front doorway is made from 4×4’s and installed same as the back wall except that they will have slots cut in to accept the front cross members.

Cross Members

doorway 4x4\'s set in place for the firewood shed
Stand up and secure doorway posts

They are identical to the girts except only shorter.

set front girt in place
Tap into place the doorway cross members

I countersink and drill the ends then tap into place. Then drill into the posts and run in some lag bolts.

lag bolts in the girt
Drill then run in some lag bolts. Hand tighten with socket wrench

I’ll hand tighten the last few turns with a socket wrench so I don’t strip the wood out or break a bolt.

adding the door
Toe screw doorway header in place

The doorway header is cut to length on the miter saw then the curve copied from a brace and cut on the band saw. It’s toe screwed into place.

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See part 3

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