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How to make a firewood box

This handy storage box is perfect for storing your firewood. It will look great next to your fireplace and is really easy to build. All you need is some timber, some tools and a little elbow grease. Simply follow the instructions below.

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Step 1: Cut Timber

Choose your pine timber and get it cut to size at Bunnings or you can do it yourself. You will need:

  • 4 x 380mm x 140mm boards for the short ends
  • 4 x 600mm x 140mm boards for the long sides
  • 3 x 600mm x 140mm boards for the base
  • 4 x 290mm x 42mm pine for the corners
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Step 2: Sand

Next, sand the timber boards with fine-grain sandpaper using your sanding block. Sand with the grain of the wood, not against it. Then wipe it clean with a dust cloth.

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Step 3: The Ends

Drill and screw the end boards to two corner uprights. You will need to build two ends.

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Step 4: Sideboards

Take your two ends and drill and screw the long sideboards to each upright corner. Allow a 10mm gap between the sideboards.

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Step 5: Base

Now drill and screw the baseboards but don’t leave a gap.

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Step 6: Attach Wheels

Take your wheels and attach them to each corner of the base with your drill and screws.

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Step 7: Varnish

Using your varnish brush, apply two to three coats of timber varnish, leaving it to dry overnight between each coat.

Handy Tip: When using varnish, make sure that your workspace is well ventilated.

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Step 8: Load It Up

Flip the box over onto its wheels, find a spot for it next to your fireplace and fill it up with firewood. You can also add a few pine cones for decoration.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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