Timber Frame Style Woodshed

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Project by ManaboutTools posted 10-26-2018 12:38 PM 3474 views 19 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier in the summer I finished a new timber frame style woodshed beside our house. I say “timber frame style” because I use metal fasteners and it is not built using pure timber frame techniques. But, there’s some simple joinery and I’m very happy how it turned out. I used wood that was milled from our own property. I shot the entire process and posted a series of videos on YouTube at: I’d be happy to hear any thoughts. Cheers!

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 01:13 PM

Functional AND elegant. That’s a one nice storage shed for firewood. I like the Craftsman style. It reminds of a pergola but with walls and a roof. Well Done!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-26-2018 01:31 PM

Absolutely spectacular. I may steal this concept for my own place. I was just chopping wood this past weekend and fretting over not having a place to keep it relatively dry. This is a spectacular design and execution – well done.

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#3 posted 10-26-2018 02:10 PM

Very nice looking woodshed Kent.
I really enjoyed the three part video series.

I have one suggestion. That facia on the high side should be taller. It should extend just below the rafter tails. As it is right now, water is going to hit the facia and collect at the rafter tails and run down them right to the seat where the rafters hit the sill plate.

That cedar will outlast us all if it is allowed dry out between soakings.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 10-26-2018 02:21 PM

Stellar job on the building of the wood shed….Looks like you did a good job with the construction….I do agree with swirt on the facia..….^ It looks like the shed will hold a couple of cords…..Thanks for posting….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 10-26-2018 02:26 PM

Thanks!! I really appreciate the feedback. I too agree that I should have made the facia board wider to cover the rafter tails. A friend also suggested that I could slip another flat tin drip edge under the existing one. But, I think I’ll remove the existing facia and replace it with a wider one. Cheers!

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#6 posted 10-26-2018 03:07 PM

That is the best looking woodshed! I’m sure many would say that is overkill but it’s prefect!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 10-26-2018 03:14 PM

Thanks Steve! I do agree on the overkill, however, the shed is right beside the house and quite visible so we wanted to dress it up a bit. I recall during the build saying to myself, “Man…what have I started?!” lol

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#8 posted 10-26-2018 06:56 PM

Well worth the effort and a super result! Decorative and functional. Couldn’t be better.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-26-2018 08:01 PM

Awesome shed Kent. I love the design. You did a stellar job and definitely deserve T3 status.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Terry O

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#10 posted 10-26-2018 09:13 PM

Outstanding, great details and craftsmanship.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#11 posted 10-26-2018 10:23 PM

that is the most elegant woodshed I have ever seen. my used 2×4 & corrugated metal roof shed just curled up and died of embarrassment :-)

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#12 posted 10-27-2018 12:28 AM

Gorgeous craftsmanship. Green with jealousy.

I am so stealing the idea for my next wood pile shed in 10 years when the shed I just built and looks like crap when compared to yours dies. ;)

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#13 posted 10-27-2018 07:10 PM

Really nice shed, looks fantastic, but it’s also very functional. A roof to keep the water shed for the most part, and plenty of air around the pile so it can breath, instead of rot. Looks like you thought to put something down on the ground to keep the critters from and easy approach to.

Nice work, congrats on the 3, and thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 10-27-2018 07:22 PM

Thanks! I put down a layer of fine gravel over a poly mesh type weed barrier for the floor. Then I put down some shingles to pile the wood on. That should keep the moisture from wicking up from the ground. At the very end of Part 3 of the build video you can see an inside camera angle that shows the interior divider walls and the shingles on the floor.

-- Kent, Vancouver Island,

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#15 posted 10-30-2018 10:46 AM

Water may not collect there as your roof line covers it so well. I think it is grand.

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