Updated for Autumn 2015
If you're looking for a way to get yourself a great looking log store whilst saving some of your hard earned cash, then read on.
You're about to learn how I made this:
Out of this:
By adding just a few items, which I picked up from my local DIY store for around £30.00 GBP (just less than $50.00 USD). And, if you were prepared to do a little running around and find the cheapest sources, you could make it for even less than I did.
In fact, if you were to find some unwanted timber for the frame, you could make it for the cost of a couple of packs of woodscrews, some nails and some roofing felt.
Side Note: If you live in the UK and would prefer us to build one of these for you, please click here for details.
My name is Steve Baker and I've been an avid DIY woodworker for more years than I care to think about. I also have a website that sells log stores just like this one:
A while ago now, I was checking the statistics for my log store website and I discovered that I was getting a considerable number of visitors who were searching for "build a log store" and other similar search phrases.
Now, I sympathised because I knew that there were no suitable guides out there. Sure, there were some pictures of people's attempts at making their own, some of which were half decent but no detailed plans showing the novice woodworker EXACTLY what to do.
So, I started thinking about putting together a guide to show people how to build a log store. The design needed to be simple, so I could explain how to complete each stage without having to get involved in anything but the most basic of woodworking techniques, while ensuring that the whole thing could be made using nothing but hand tools (I'll give you a list of the tools that you'll need a little farther down this page). I decided that my manual would be made up of mainly photographs with just a few words of explaination, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
I did cheat a little and used a power saw to make some of the repetitive cuts but I could have achieved the same result using a hand saw, it would have taken a little longer that's all. And, before you go running off at the thought of spending the next month with a saw in your hand, there are only a maximum of two saw cuts longer than 4in (100mm) in the whole build.
I also took on board that, for many, times are hard right now. So I made up my mind to attempt to make the thing out of reclaimed timber. But because I've had some bad experiences in the past when using reclaimed carcass timber (if you've never tried working with this stuff, I've never found anything more effective at destroying saws and chisels. Those rusty nails are very good at being in the wrong place at the wrong time), I made the decision to use new timber to make the frame and the rest would have to come from something that was in plentiful supply anywhere in the world: pallets.
Pallets are so easy to come by, no matter where you live, because most of the time the people/businesses that end up with them have to pay to get rid of them. In most cases, a phone call or two will get you more pallets than you'll ever need. All you'll have to do is drive around to where they are and pick them up at no cost to you (apart from your fuel of course).
Now I will point out that, if you don't like the sound of using second-hand timber, you have the option of using all new timber and I've included a shopping list in the manual so you'll know exactly what to buy no matter which way you go.
So there it was, the die was cast and, once I'd got all the materials home, I set to work.
In total, I took over a hundred and eighty photographs and, once I'd sifted through them and got rid of the unnecessary and poor quality shots, I wound up using over a hundred of them, along with some sketches I made, just to make things clearer. Here's a typical example so you can judge the quality for yourself:
The dimensions of the finished article ended up being 45in (1143mm) high at the front (42 1/2in (1080mm) at the back, 24 1/4in (616mm) deep at the roof and 45 1/2in (1156mm) wide at the roof. And, giving a storage capacity of 17.80 cubic feet or 0.50 cubic metres.
If your storage needs are different to the above, with a little imagination and planning you could easily adapt my design to suit, particularly if you're using new timber. Having said that, I wouldn't recommend that you make your log store higher than 5ft (1524mm) tall.
When it came to the time to write the guide, I decided to write a totally separate manual on the subject of sourcing, selecting and stripping pallets. This is a must-read on its own and will save you the inconvenience of ending up with a pile of pallets which are of no use to you. This manual is made up of 9 photographs, 13 pages and over 1300 words.
The main How To Build A Log Store guide is made up of 71 pages, 96 photographs and over 5,500 words. It tells you what tools you'll need, what materials you'll need to buy and then goes on to explain in great detail how to put the whole thing together whilst giving measurements in feet and inches as well as their metric equivalents. This section on its own is 60 pages long.
Now it would be no good if you bought the manual and then discovered that you didn't have the tools to complete the job. So, here's a list of what you'll need:
- Some rigger or similar gloves for handling the rough sawn timber.
- Some eye protection
- A hammer or mallet
- A hand saw
- A try square
- A pencil
- A trimming knife/marking knife
- An electric drill/screwdriver
- A 3/16in (5mm) twist drill
- A 5/32in (4mm) twist drill
- A countersink bit
- A No 2 PZ screwdriver bit
- A spirit level
- A straight edge (you could use the spirit level or a straight piece of wood for this)
- A mitre square (optional)
- Two clamps
- A workbench
- A steel tape measure
The above list is the bare minimum required to complete the job. Obviously, if you have access to power tools then you will reduce your build time and effort considerably.
"So," I hear you say "how much is this going to cost me and how long will it take me to get my hands on it, Steve?"
I'll answer the second part of the question first. The manuals are in electronic format and you'll be able to download them as soon as your payment has cleared (anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes usually).
At the planning stage of the build/manual, I'd already made my mind up that it would be pointless creating something that was too expensive. After all, why set out to save a load of money by building a log store yourself and then spend all your savings on an instruction manual.
But, before I get to the price let me tell you what you'll be getting for your money.
You get all this for a one time fee of £9.99 (9.99 GBP) and it will be on its way to you just as soon as we receive PayPal's Notification of Payment.
Important: Due to the new sales tax legislation introduced across the EU on 1st January 2015, this ebook is no longer available in downloadable format to residents of the EU who live outside the UK. If you are living in a non-UK EU member state and wish to purchase these manuals, we offer them copied to CD and physically shipped to you. Please contact us, stating your address, for pricing.
For those living in the UK and the rest of the world, the manuals will be emailed to you once we have been notified of your payment by PayPal.
Oops, I almost forgot to mention the guarantee. If at anytime within the first 60 days after buying the guide you decide that it doesn't live up to your expectations in any way whatsoever, just drop me an email saying where the guide(s) fell short of the mark and I'll gladly refund the full purchase price to you.