By now, I am sure you have all seen several ideas for building an inexpensive wood rack for your backyard. I mean, after all, fire pits are HUGE now, and you’ve gotta have wood to make them work…right? Well, I ran across an idea awhile back, and decided to give it a try. I followed the directions as listed and the wood rack came out fine. Just fine….not great, not cute, just fine. So , I decided to take it apart and dress it up just a bit and I love the result! See what you think!
To build this rack, you literally need four separate things. Three of them are pictures above…and I will tell you about the third one in a minute. All of these things are common items that you can find at your local home center or lumber yard, but I will tell you a bit about each item just so you know the specifics.
First, you’re gonna need TWO cinder blocks. These are the standard 8x8x16 blocks that you see everywhere. They come in grey….or grey. Take your choice!
Next, you will need TWO landscape timbers. These are a special type of wood that is rounded on two sides, and flat on two sides. They are typically used for borders around flowerbeds, etc. These are pressure-treated so they will stand up to weather, etc. and last for years.
Next, you will need TWO pieces of pressure-treated lumber that are 2x4x8 in length. This length is important because these have to be cut, and this size will work perfectly for the length we need for this project.
So…those are the first three things you need! Simple, right? At my local home center, these items came up to a grand total of $19.80….just under $20, as promised. Now, all we need to do is put it together. Here’s the hardest part….cut each of two 2x4x8 pieces of lumber in half. Yep. That’s it, just cut them right in half. That means you now have 4 pieces of 2×4 that are 4’ long. Now, to actually build it. Pay attention, because this part is REALLY confusing! In fact, you might need an engineering degree to get this part exactly right. (Or maybe not!)
Excuse this fuzzy pic…I was in a hurry! So, follow along… Put your two cinder blocks about 8’ apart on a level spot on the ground where you want the wood rack to sit. You can adjust these in a minute. Now, lay the two landscape timbers on top of the cinder blocks as shown. At this point, adjust the blocks to make sure the landscape timbers fit evenly, don’t stick out past the ends, etc. Then, just stick the 2x4s into the open part of the cinder block holes. You can sorta angle them out when you put them in, but if you don’t, it won’t matter because they will fall into place by themselves when you stack your wood in. Whew! That was tough, huh? (Insert sarcastic expression here!) <—Sarcastic expression! Haha! Sorry…couldn’t resist! So, basically, your wood rack is done! How simple was that?!?
Assuming you followed those rigorous instructions, you should have something that looks like this. Pretty awesome, huh? It keeps your wood off of the ground so it won’t rot, it’s easy to rake underneath and keep the area clean, and it keeps your wood in a nice, neat stack. But for me….that just wasn’t enough! In my mind, something was missing….just a little something to perk it up a bit….so this is where the FOURTH item comes into play. (You thought I had forgotten about that, didn’t you?!?)
Soooo…..I took the whole thing apart…yep!….moved all that wood AGAIN! And then, I painted the whole thing, including the cinder blocks. I used leftover exterior paint from another project, so it didn’t cost a dime! If you don’t have leftover paint, try the “oops” paint section at your local home center, or buy the smallest size can available. (usually a quart) It doesn’t take much, but I really think it made a huge difference. Now it looks like a finished project! Plus. the paint will help protect the wood from the elements even longer. And what’s even better…it now matches our backyard color scheme. A really simple project that can literally be done in less than an hour…including time for the paint to dry! How clever is that?
“Creating means living.” – Dejan Stojanovic
Salty kisses and sandy hugs! xoxo – Michele