Outdoor Woodworking Projects

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wooden pallets
Where to Find Free Pallets For DIY Projects

There are plenty of places to source these useful DIY items!

A pair of wood Adirondack chairs overlooking a body of water.
How to Build an Adirondack Chair

Create this classic piece of furniture with only a few supplies.

A house with a wood ramp leading to the front door.
How to Build a Basic Wooden Ramp

Make your home accessible to all by building a wood ramp in 7 steps.

A close-up on the texture of a sheet of plywood.
How to Make a Climbing Pegboard Wall

Get an affordable piece of exercise equipment.

A bench swing.
Building a Bench Swing in Your Backyard

Having a bench swing in your backyard can be a nice escape.

A bench.
Build a Cedar Garden Bench in 4 Steps

Build your own cedar garden bench to turn your flower garden into an outdoor living space. The following

Someone staining wood with a brush
Tips for Staining Birch Plywood

Read this before you start staining!

Picnic Table with blue sky
How to Build an Outdoor Picnic Table - Checklist

What do you need to build the table?

gloved hand applying finish to a wooden bench with a brush
How to Refinish Your Wood Patio Bench

Keep your outdoor seating looking great and well protected.

A decorative wooden sign that reads "welcome"
How to Weatherproof Outdoor Wooden Signs

If you're going to go through the trouble of making a wooden sign, make sure it will last with weatherproofing!

Man cutting a large sheet of plywood on a table saw
Build A Wheelbarrow In 8 Steps

Use available lumber for a device that will haul.

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How to Build a Rustic Porch Bench

A very artistic and economically viable way to create a porch bench is to go the rustic way. This simply means that you use materials from the outdoors, like rough and untreated timber. This includes all the parts of the bench except for the bolts and tools you would be using. The material can be anything

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How to Build a Porch Bench

A porch bench adds just the right amount of comfort and charm. Whether for decoration or casual sitting, the style is up to you. Building a porch bench yourself is not as complicated as you think. With a little bit of know-how and work, you will be relaxing on something made with your own hands. Follow

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How to Build a Simple Porch Bench

Building a porch bench is a great idea, not only for decorative, but also for practical purposes. Rather than buying a ready-made bench, you could build one yourself, by following these basic steps. Apart from making it according to the your wishes, in terms of size, shape and color, you will also save

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How to Repair the Seat of a Wooden Porch Bench

A wooden porch bench is not only a great decorative piece, but is also a very usable piece of exterior furniture. When it wears down and gets old, it will need to be repaired, in order to maintain its appearance and usability. This is actually a simple job, that can be accomplished in a matter of hours

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How to Build an A-Frame Front Porch Swing

A front porch swing is an excellent place to relax. With a little bit of woodworking experience, you can build your own A-frame porch swing. Materials to be used: For the A-frame: 5 4x4 posts 2 28 inch supports (4X4 stock) 2 34 inch supports (4X4 stock) 2 sets of A-frame brackets 4 2x4 posts Galvanized

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How do I add a bumper to a boat dock?

Add a boat dock bumper to protect the piers from incoming boats. Dock bumpers are made of vinyl, rubber or high density foam, are easily available commercially and can be attached to your boat dock with a little effort. To start with, place the bumper alongside the pier and anchor it in place by screwing

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How do I add lifts to a boat dock?

To add boat dock lifts, start by measuring out the dock and the depth of the water to get an estimation of the kind of lift apparatus you would need. Lifts are easily available commercially in most boat and dock supply stores, and buying a factory-made lift is preferable to constructing one at home.

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What are the pros and cons of an aluminum boat dock?

The pros and cons of an aluminum boat dock need to be considered before you decide whether to build one. These docks are preferred by many boat owners over traditional wood docks because they are lightweight, easy to assemble and require minimal maintenance once installed. Usually available in factory

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Timber Retaining Wall Construction: Mistakes to Avoid

Retaining wall construction allows a landowner to level out a section of their land, which was originally on an embankment, by holding back the soil. Reasons for doing this would be to have a flat patio area or a place to install a pool. Get Permission The biggest mistake people make when doing DIY

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When do I need a timber retaining wall deadman?

You will need a timber retaining wall deadman when the slope of the soil that the wall is trying to support is pretty steep. When this is the case, there is a larger tendency for the soil to push the wall down, because of its angle. Gravity will cause the soil to put more lateral pressure on the wall,

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What are tips for installing a timber retaining wall deadman?

There are several tips that you should consider when installing a timber retaining wall deadman. One tip is to attach a deadman to the wall for every 16 square feet of the wall. This gives total support for the wall. Another tip is to find an anchor that is heavy enough to support the portion of the

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What is the purpose of a timber retaining wall deadman?

A timber retaining wall deadman is used in order to help support the retaining wall. It is placed a couple of feet behind the wall, where the soils is most likely to fail or give way. The deadman is buried and attached to the retaining wall via a cable or tie rod, in order to support the wall just in

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Building Cedar Outdoor Furniture: Treating the Wood

If you have just made some cedar outdoor furniture, you are fortunate, because cedar can be a durable and attractive wood. Because your furniture will be used outdoors, you may be wondering whether or not you should treat it for protection. The following are some options and considerations that will

A mailbox made from reclaimed wood.
Instant Curb Appeal: Make a New Mailbox

Ramp up the character of your house.

gloved hand wiping a metal handrail
How to Install a Metal Outdoor Stair Railing

Make it secure, convenient, and appealing.

A swing set.
Repairing a Swing Set

Any swing set will need repairs.

concrete stairs with wooden railing
How to Install a Wood Railing on Concrete Steps

Add a wood railing to your concrete stairs for extra safety.

Clamps hanging on peg board
How to Maintain Wooden Pegboard Pegs

Pegboard pegs can be thin or thick, colored or made of wood.

A leaf rake.
Build Your Own Leaf Rake

A leaf rake is a vital garden tool come fall.

A bench next to tall blooming flowers.
How to Build a Simple Faux Bois Bench

Give an old bench a new look with a faux bois technique.

A bench.
Build a Garden Bench to Last a Lifetime

Benches only last a few years.

How to Make Wooden Wagon Wheels

If you are making a wooden wagon as a project, then you can use toy wagon wheels or you can make your own.

blank wooden sign hanging on rustic ropes
How to Install a Ranch Style Wooden Sign

Give any space a sense of rustic nostalgia.

Bench using wagon wheels
Building a Wooden Wagon Wheel Bench

Use that old wagon wheel for a new furniture piece.

How to Use a Router for Wooden Signs

Wooden signs are a great way to add your name, address or other information to your residential, recreational or even commercial property. You can use a router to make the signs look more professional and polished, this guide will show you how.

Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in the yard in front of a house
How to Make a Professional Real Estate Wooden Sign

Get into the signage game!

wooden lawn ornaments
Build Your Own Wooden Lawn Ornaments

They're great for holidays, BBQs, or any special occasion.

Framed interior walls
Basic Interior Wall Framing

Wall framing is the skeletal support of your space.

A woman holds a wood railing.
How to Install a Wood Railing on Concrete

A wood railing is usually built in sections.

blue rocking chair
How to Fix a Squeaky Rocking Chair

Rocking chair squeaks are typically easy to repair.

The profile of a rustic wood bench next to a tree.
How to Build an Outdoor Bench

This basic woodworking project is perfect for a beginner.

A wooden swing set.
Protect Your Wooden Swing Set

Keep the fun going. Protect your wooden swing set.