It’s not too late to knock a few more outdoor chores off your list, take it from me. One of the many outdoor projects I wanted to make time for this summer was building a shelter to house all of our chopped logs. For a few years now, we’ve rotated our fallen branch inventory, trying to keep up with burning the dry branches and keeping the green logs sheltered until they dry. What we’ve really needed all this time, is a great outdoor wood storage unit. The space before? A weedy section along the fence in the backyard.
You can buy some fancy units these days, but they’re not all covered, and depending on the materials you want, they can get pricy fast. To create a solution to fit our needs, I concocted an easy tutorial for DIY Network that shows you how to build outdoor firewood storage using a single fence panel, a salvaged pallet, and corrugated roofing. The finished dimensions are 8-ft. long x 3′ high for pretty awesome capacity, making this one of my favorite functional backyard DIY projects to date. And I do love that design-wise it fits right in with Cody’s doghouse and the treehouse.
The other new addition is one I’ve wanted for awhile: meet my new DIY bat house, built to the needy specifications of those little critters. I didn’t install it on a metal post high in the air like you might be more used to seeing, but 15-feet up on a south-facing tree in our backyard with no low-hanging branches. Hopefully our garden and backyard are significantly more bug-free next spring and summer when the residents return to roost.
Another project using cedar that I conquered this week is an all-season wooden doormat that adorns out front porch.I had high hopes for it, and it turned out better than I imagined. Originally I was going to use plain wood, but at the last minute I decided to use a variety of stains to create a more variated effect, and I definitely think it looks richer than it cost ($30).