Outdoor Projects

Garden Projects: Vine Trellis

by Tim Johnson Make any climbing plant happy with this 6′ tall, free-standing trellis. We used dadoes, glue and screws to fasten the slats because trellises take a beating each year when you tear off the old vines. We built our trellis from cypress, one of the longest-lasting outdoor woods. Ours...

Garden Projects: Patio Planter

by Tim Johnson If you can build a box, you can build this planter. It’s much sturdier than most commercial versions, so it should last for many years. It’s also the perfect opportunity for you to try your hand at shingling. The opening accommodates a 30″ drop-in plastic window-box planter. They’re...

Getting Ready for Fall

This weekend, our weather went from 100°  to 65° in two days. While we’re happy with the cooler weather, it also brings to mind the other things that Fall entails: leaves, rain and cold. You can save yourself time, grief (and money) if you take a couple of hours out of...

Free Plan: Porch Swing With A Curve

This clever porch swing design from ‘Backyard Projects for Today’s Homestead‘ uses bent lamination sides to support the slats and to create the arms. Clever, and an interesting project. Download the free PDF plans by following the link below. Free Porch Swing Plan

I Can Do That: Limbert Outdoor Cafe Chair

A great chair to make in pairs (or more), this outdoor version of a classic Charles Limbert Arts & Crafts cafe chair is simple to make using basic home center lumber and only a few common tools. Very little woodworking experience required.   Download the Limbert Chair Plans Here

I Can Do That: Outdoor Garden Bench Project

Built from pine boards available from you local home store, this outdoor bench can be built with only a jigsaw and screw gun. A simply coat of paint to match your decor and you’ll be sitting pretty! This project is one of many from ‘Backyard Projects for Today’s Homestead‘. Click here...

All-weather Morris Chair Plan

When it comes to slouchy comfort, there are few chairs that answer that call better than the Morris chair. But when it’s 70 degrees, the sun is shining and you just want to get out of the house, you need a special Morris chair. An all-weather Morris chair. Say no more!...