This step by step diy woodworking project is about 4×8 ice shack plans. If you want a lightweight ice fishing shanty so you can move it easily with your truck, these are the plans to follow. This shack is also easy to build as it can accommodate up to 3 people. The materials are cheap so you can get the job done in a budget friendly manner. See my other shed plans HERE.
Fit the door inside the opening and lock it to the 1×4 jambs with metal hinges. After you check if the door opens properly, you should install the hinges, as well as a strong latch. Work with attention and with great attention, if you want to get the job done as a professional and to prevent costly mistakes. Last but not least, apply a few coats of exterior paint to enhance the look of the shed and to protect the components from decay. See HERE how to build double shed doors.
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4×8 Ice Shack Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long FRAME
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 46 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 16″ long, 1 piece – 44 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- E – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 45″ long BACK WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 6 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long, 4 pieces – 79 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 22 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 6d nails, ties
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
Building a 4×8 ice fishing shack
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame. Cut the joists from 2×4 lumber at the right dimensions. Align the edges with attention and place the joists every 16″ on center. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws.
Use 4×4 lumber for the skids. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the skids. Align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes through the floor frame and insert screws into the skids. Alternatively, you could use rafter ties to lock the skids tightly to the frame.
Fit a sheet of 3/4″ pressure treated plywood over the joists. Align the edges flush and insert 1 5/8″ screws along the joists, every 8″. Make sure you also make the cut outs for the traps. Mark the cut lines and get the job done with a jigsaw. You can adjust the size of the traps to suit your needs. the easiest way is to make the traps between the joists.Fit 2x4s between the joists to frame the traps properly.
Continue the project by assembling the tall side wall for the ice fishing shack. Cut the plates and the studs from 2×2 lumber, after taking accurate measurements. Align the edges flush and make sure you place the studs every 24″ on center. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Frame the opposite side wall from 2×2 lumber, as well. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you should also frame a small window, so you let the light inside the shack. You can adjust the size of the opening based on the size of your window.
Fit the side walls to the floor of the shack. Align the edges flush and plumb them with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor.
Build the front wall from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and adjust the size of the door opening to suit your needs.
Fit 2×2 supports to the back of the ice shack. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the side walls with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
You need to check out PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof and how to attach the siding to the exterior of the frame.
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