DIY Woodworking Plans - How To Build Your Own Outdoor Furniture

DIY Woodworking Plans - How To Build Your Own Outdoor Furniture!


DIY Woodworking Plans - How To Build Outdoor Furniture

Building outdoor furniture is not only a rewarding hobby, but it puts an end to stackable plastic patio chairs that you can't wait to hide. Not to mention, crafting your own stylish, and functional, outdoor furniture is more affordable than buying it retail, and is an advantage over replacing the plastic chairs every year. Here are some steps to guide you as you learn how to build outdoor furniture.


  1. Select your wood. You'll want to choose something durable as well as affordable.
    • Cedar is generally a good choice, since it is among the most durable of the options. It is fairly easy to work with and it is affordable. The durability of the material that you're going to use is really important to consider.
  2. Sketch some plans or blueprints. Be sure that your plans account for the proper measurements for the depth, height, and width that you want your final product to achieve. Your blueprint will serve as a guide, for the shopping list as well as a plan to work from, as you assemble your outdoor furniture.
  3. Shop for your supplies, including the boards, trim pieces, hardware, such as nails and screws, and stain or sealant. If you're a beginner, your list should include some basic tools, such as, a carpenter's square, a hammer, sandpaper, a hand saw and a table saw, and some type of drill.
  4. Organize your work area so that your tools are readily accessible, your plans are easily visible, and be sure that the area is neat and free from distractions.
  5. Cut your boards carefully with your table saw. Refer to your plans as often as necessary to verify the measurements to be sure that they are accurate according to your design specifications.
    • Many furniture designs call for specifically shaped pieces of wood. For example, you may need rounded ends or angled edges in the boards. Accomplish these effects using the sandpaper or some more precise saw work at this time.
  6. Assemble your furniture using basic assembly principles. For example, a chair is generally assembled beginning with the seat. A table is usually assembled from the top down.
  7. Finish the assembly with the finer detail work, like trim pieces, for example. Generally trim pieces are used to accent any outer edges, such as the front of a chair seat, the top of the chair's backrest, or possibly the edges of a table top, and so on.
  8. Add the final touches to the furniture, such as any sanding that needs to be done to eliminate sharp corners. Clean any saw dust away from the surface of the wood, in order to prepare it for the application of a stain or sealant.
  9. Apply your choice of stain or sealant according to the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure that your work area is well ventilated during this process.
    • Allow an ample amount of drying time and apply additional coats of stain until you've achieved your desired result.
    • Generally you won't need more than one or two thin coats of sealant during the preliminary application. Be sure to verify this on the instruction label.


  • When selecting your building material, you may want to consider some of the synthetic materials on the market, since most manufacturers offer a warranty that is not available for lumber.



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