Outdoor garden furniture projects

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Outdoor garden furniture projects
A garden bench can be a welcome place to sit in a tranquil garden. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Anyone with a backyard, no matter how big or small, knows the value of quality outdoor furniture. Making outdoor garden furniture can be a fun and rewarding project for a DIY carpenter, in addition to being a less expensive way to get good quality furniture. Whether you decide to build your own picnic table, a barbecue caddie, comfortable chairs or a bench where you can sit quietly and watch the birds, the bragging rights alone will make it a worthwhile endeavour.

Picnic Table

A picnic table in the backyard is always useful for entertaining. Once it has been built, it requires little or no maintenance and can seat six or more. Picnic table plans can be found on the Internet and are not difficult for the average home carpenter. Follow the plans and cut all the wood pieces to the correct lengths and screw or bolt them together with galvanised screws. Paint with weather protective coats, place under a shady tree and enjoy a sunset picnic in your own backyard.

Adirondack Chair

The first Adirondack chairs were made in a small town close to the Adirondack Mountains. The original patent on the chairs stated that it "is a chair of the bungalow type adapted for use on porches, lawns and at camps." Most plans call for 1-by-16-inch wood pieces cut into different lengths and galvanised screws. The only complex step is cutting the angles, which may require a mitre saw or mitring tool. Cut the wood to the specified lengths before assembling the pieces like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle.

Grill Buddy

The person in charge of backyard barbecues will find a "grill buddy" useful. A grill buddy is a small table set on casters for mobility, with a shelf underneath for extra storage. The cart uses 1-by-4 planks cut from 8-foot boards, and four casters with mounting brackets. Add hooks to hold the barbecue utensils.

Garden Bench

A garden or park bench can be made from a multitude of designs. Placed in a shady nook or sunny spot in an informal garden amongst a riot of overgrown flowers and shrubs, a garden bench is a place to rest in quiet solitude. This outdoor furniture is simple to make using square-cut slatted wood that is painted or sealed with polyurethane. Alternatively, it can be as ornate as you want to make it, with rounded arms and wrought iron infill. A bench can feature a storage box for garden tools under the seat.

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