Firewood Box

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 11-16-2008 06:06 AM 28764 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking around the antique shops for an old box to store firewood for my family room. Couldnt find one that was fairly small, but yet sturdy. I decided to design one that would hold about two wheelbarrows full of wood. I used 3/4 inch pine panels for the sides and top. I fluted the sides to make it look like individual pine boards. I put a 3/4 inch plywoood bottom in it, added some trim, a couple of strap hinges. I left the lid hang about 1/2 inch over the front for something to grasp when lifting the lid. I have built several of these for friends. On the next one I build, I think I will use an old piece of a leather belt for a handle on the lid.

This box makes a great toy box too. Just need to add the lid safety support.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 11:15 AM

Very nicely built box with decent finish.

What is the price likely if you were to buy it at the store? Just curious..

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 06:33 PM

Thanks very much for your comments woodworm. I found some wood boxs at antique shops in the $200 to $300 range, but they were pretty shaky and had a lot of wear. Many of them didnt have lids. I never did find much in the new market. I was able to build this one for about $125 for materials. I have sold a few of these boxs for $250.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 08:27 PM

You $aved a lot and made $ome, that is great!
You know, I was surprised to learn that one dining chair costs $600 in US. With that amount of money I can buy a decent complete set (one table + six chairs) in my country. But good woodworking tools and machines
not only easy to get but they are much much cheaper in US. That’s why maybe, not many people like me in Malaysia.

Thanks Wayne for responding. Take care.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 08:48 PM

Yes, things are a bit expensive here. Sometimes the cost of just the wood is prohibitive. Its best to find some places that you can buy wood at a discount otherwise it costs a fortune to build.

Those are some great items in your gallery. I especially like the coin box. Its really sharp…nice job.

Keep in touch…great talking with you.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 08:56 PM

OK thanks,
It is nice communicating with you.
Time to sleep…Its now 2:56AM in Malaysia.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 09:36 PM

Very nice box Wayne.I like that it holds lots too.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#7 posted 11-17-2008 12:32 AM

Should help keep the cold out Wayne. great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 11:19 PM

Wonderfully designed box . I think the leather handle will add even more charm to the piece .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 04:37 AM

I like this project a lote

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 07:36 PM

Very nice Wayne.

I you make another, it should have an automatic stoker feed into the fireplace. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 07:38 PM

Looks super Wayne, I want one, but first I need a fire place. :))


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#12 posted 11-08-2010 07:48 PM

Interesting!!! I am in the process of building one of these for a co-worker. I am documenting my progress and I will be starting a blog series about it soon.

I chose to go a slightly different route for mine, but the look will be close to the same. I hope to have the series started in the next few days.

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 08:45 PM

Fantastic box, gives me a good pointer for a toy box i have to make for my niece, I have some 2inch maple flooring that I salvaged from an old shop floor, will take some sanding but could be nice, will definately follow your stlye ofr this, thanks

-- Michael, N.Ireland

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#14 posted 09-06-2011 09:32 PM

How’d you finish that box off. I’m looking to build a box for firewood at home and it will be my first woodworking project in ages (and by far the largest project). I’ve read some things about finishing pine being a real bear so I thought I would ask and see what you did.


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#15 posted 09-09-2011 01:07 AM

I used a colonial pine stain from Cabot, and I stained the inside and out. I then sealed it with a couple coats of poly on just the outside.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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