Ferrying firewood to the hearth just got a lot easier with this durable cart. A sturdy plywood base rests on an open framework of copper pipes that makes loading logs a cinch. The addition of casters allows for smooth transport. It's a good way to keep smaller cuts dry and stacked in an orderly manner, and the copper is elegant enough to store hearthside even when a fire isn't blazing.
Copper Firewood Holder: An Overview
For the Cut List, scroll down to the bottom of this article.
How to Build a Log Holder
1. Edge the Plywood Deck
- Cut the plywood to size and glue on the oak shelf edge. Alternate dabs of wood glue and then super glue to act as a fast-setting clamp.
2. Make the Base and Top Frames
- Cut the copper pieces according to the cut list (see list at the bottom of this article).
- Make the side pieces, gluing the couplings into the tees with the polyurethane glue and capping the ends with the elbows pointing downward.
- Connect the sides with the two crosspieces.
3. Attach the Base Frame to the Deck
- Center and screw down the pipe straps to the plywood deck.
4. Secure the Base Fittings
- Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes into the interior side of the branches of every fitting.
- Secure each branch to the pipes with ⅞-inch pan-head screws.
5. Mount the Casters
- Drill pilot holes in two opposite corners of a caster's mounting plate, all the way through the deck, and fasten the caster with ¼-by-1 ¼-inch carriage bolts.
- Repeat for the other three casters.
6. Assemble the Cart
- Using polyurethane glue, put the upright pieces into the open upward-facing elbows of the bottom frame.
- Attach the top frame, placing the downward-facing elbows on the open upright pieces.
Cut list for Building a Copper-Pipe Log Holder
- ¾-inch copper-pipe crosspieces: four each @ 18 inches
- ¾-inch copper-pipe base coupling pieces: six each @ 3½ inches
- ¾-inch copper-pipe uprights: four each @ 14 inches
- ¾-inch copper-pipe top coupling pieces: four each @ 5½ inches
- ¾-inch copper-pipe top-center coupling pieces: two each @ 1½ inches
- ¾-inch plywood deck: one @ 12 by 19¾ inches
- ¼-by-¾-inch shelf-edge trim mitered to fit the plywood deck: four pieces