Here is an example of an easy to construct ice shanty
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All sides are made of ½ inch plywood. Side # 1 containing the door is 90 inches high, 48 inches wide, and ½ inches thick.
Door 2.0 X 6.8 1 ea.
½” plywood spruce 5 ea.
2” x 2” x 8’ 8 ea.
1” x 3” x 8’ 3 ea
small vents 2 ea
11/2” deck screws 1 pkg.
1” deck screws 1 pkg.
Hinges 2” 1 set
Paint or wood preservative
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From one sheet of plywood cut 6” of one end save it. The bigger piece is the front panel. Lay the door down on top exactly where
it is to be located and trace around it leaving a threshold beneath the door to maintain the strength of the plywood wall when the wood is removed for the door. The wood that was just removed will be cut in 1 ½” stripes length ways. These strips are screwed on to the frame of the door on the inside to act as a doorstop over lapping the door opening no more than 3/8” of an inch all around. 2 X 2 is than screw to the outside of the door opening to make a door jam. This will afford some good solid wood to hold the hinges secure. Pre-drill 5 to 8 holes 1/8” dia. 1” in from the edge on the left and right sides of the front panel.
Side # 2 This is the opposite side, in other words the back side of the ice hut. The dimensions are 84” high, 48” wide, ½” thick. Pre-drill 5 to 8 holes 1/8” dia. 1” in from the edge.
Side # 3 and 4 These two sides taper from 90” on the front side to 84” on the back side, this gives the roof the slop from front to back. These two pieces can be cut at the same time. To enable the ice hut to be put together in a solid fashion, the two sides right and left of the door will have a frame of 2 x 2 screwed to the inner side edges, flush. The front and back walls now have something to be screwed to when the ice shanty is assembled. Taking the two vents, trace and cut for installation on the high end of the right and left side panels.
The roof is measured at 48” wide and 49 ½” long Screw a frame made of 1 x 1 1/2 spruce to the under side of the roof panel
flush. Ripe cut the 1 x 3. Add a facer board completely around the outer edge of the roof 2” inches in width. This should allow the roof to set down on top of all four sides. Gate hooks can be used to hold the roof down in a wind.
The door is placed in the door opening and it is marked as to where the hinges will be aligned both on the door and door frame. The hinges are installed and the door is mounted. Again gate hooks can be used to keep the door closed.
Assembling the ice shanty.
Position the front side #1 at right angles to one of the sides #3 or #4 matching the height at the top. Insert 1” deck screws through the pre-drilled holes placing a washier on each. Continue adding sides until all four sides are in place. The roof should now be able to set on top of all four sides. Secure it with gate hooks.
If the measurements are followed you should end up with an ice shanty 4’ft. x 4’ft. x 7’ft. This is adequate for one person to handle and use. When you want to invite a friend along to the ice shanty, the size can be increased by just adding the same size panel to the front, back, and roof sections. These additional panels can be added in place with piano hinges. Remember as the size grows so does the weight and the cost, but than because of accommodating more people you have more people to help.
You should paint the ice shanty or at least weather proof it and be aware of the fact that it is reasonable light, a good wind on an open lake might be something to think about. From this point further you are free with out limits to dress it up to your liking (ie, heater, your choice of chairs, storage bin, and even pictures.)
We have attempted to construct an ice shanty or ice hut as cheap, and light as possible, but functional. If we were to go out and buy the supplies at the very least on sale it should come in under $250.00. We hope this has sparked ideas for your own ice hut. There are a good number of units on the market, I have found a few but with a little higher price tag.
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