Easy-to-Build Outdoor Projects : 29 Projects for Your Yard by Editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine

By Editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine

Build your individual yard Getaway!

From Adirondack chairs and porch swings, to birdhouses and potting benches, Easy-to-Build outside Projects is full of the categories of sensible and engaging initiatives woodworkers like to construct. The plans are basic - many in simple terms require a handful of instruments - and each undertaking comes with step by step directions. additionally, the professional woodworkers who created the initiatives paid designated cognizance to right fabric choice and sturdy finishes to aid defeat harm attributable to solar, wind and rain. the end result: you will turn out with attractive items that would glance nice for years.

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I modified the original curves to make it lighter and more elegant and this version is shown in the drawing. I used Port Orford cedar for my newer version, so the chair needs no finish and can be left out in the weather—rain or shine—and it will just turn an agreeable shade of grey. I didn’t bother to make cushions for this chair but it would be no great matter to do so. I would use canvas—natural or synthetic—for the cover and stuff it with kapok. It would then double as a life raft if I fell off the dock.

Such is the case with this Adirondack chair built in The New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abram. Although projects similar to this one are rather common fare for most woodworking magazines, Popular Woodworking hasn’t offered one to readers for more than 10 years. The project has been discussed, of course, but for one reason or another, it never happened. Then one day the phone rings and a representative of “The New Yankee Workshop” asks if we’d like to work with Abram to build the most popular project ever shown on the show.

This is a good time to do all the sanding and finishing, being sure to take the sharp edge off any corner with a sanding block. Give the frames a coat of primer (or varnish if using a clear finish), set them aside and cut out the seat and back slats. All is Fair. The spokeshave is ideal for removing saw marks and refining the curves. I find it easier to shape the outside before cutting the inside curve. If using a hardwood such as oak or ash, you can safely plane the slats down to 3⁄8″. With softwood—pine or spruce—they should be at least 1⁄2″ thick or even 5⁄8″.

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