Common Outdoor Woodworking Projects

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In this post I wanted to talk about common outdoor woodworking projects, like outdoor furniture (adirondack chairs for example) and wood sheds. These projects tend to be bigger in scope than indoor woodworking projects, which means they generally take more time and materials cost is higher. In addition, you may need larger specialty tools to work with the larger pieces of wood you’ll be working with. However, on the positive side, your precision requirements will be less on an outdoor woodworking project like a shed since it will not be facing the same level of scrutiny as, for example, a hutch or a bureau in your house.

One tip I would certainly want you to be aware of is choosing a wood that is going to be receptive to a water seal or treatment like Thompson’s Water Seal. You do not want your hard work to rot away and become structurally weak due to the effects of water in just a couple of short years! Also, of course, make sure you treat your outdoor wood projects in the first place, do make sure you do not get water and sun damage. In addition to water seals, there are also protective paints like paint/primer combinations that are specifically designed for the elements you?ll be facing outside.

If you’re looking for high quality plans for outdoor woodworking projects like outdoor furniture and wood sheds, I would highly recommend this source:

outdoor woodworking projectsOne of the easiest ways to get fouled up in your woodworking project is to try to get a project done right without the proper tools. It seems like at some point, everyone’s father told them “You need to have the right tools to get the job done, son.” Well, Dad couldn’t have been more right when it comes to woodworking projects!

Before you get started, think about whether you’re using a hard wood or a soft wood. Also, are you going for a rough ‘good enough’ type of finish, like for an outdoor wood shed, or are you going for a very smooth and meticulous finish, like for a dresser in your child’s bedroom? These questions will all dictate your choice of tools. And, while you’re not going to forget about your planer or chisel, have you thought about those little accessories that bring it all together, like screws, nails, glue, pegs and cams?

I would recommend suppliers like Highland Woodworking, Rockler and Southern-Tool as good places to go online to get the proper tools for turning your woodworking ideas into reality.

And, if you’re looking for super high quality and detailed woodworking plans to make everything even easier, I always go with Woodworking4Home. You can get their plans, ready for download today, right here:

The terms ‘woodworking patterns’ and ‘woodworking plans’ are often thrown around online and among enthusiasts. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. But, I’ve always gravitated toward thinking that a woodworking pattern is more of a simple ‘outline’ or ‘cut-out’, and is generally something that you trace upon your material to give you the right lines. For example, if you were making a cut-out two-dimensional Santa’s Sleigh for the Holidays, you might use a woodworking pattern of Santa to tell you what outline to trace before cutting. On the other hand, a woodworking plan would be much more detailed and would include drawings, usually drawings in different stages of construction, of the finished piece. A plan might also specify the type of wood, recommended woodworking tools, and other details which would typically not be included with a simple woodworking pattern. I hope that helps clear up the difference between woodworking patterns and plans. What do you think?

By the way, if you’re looking for detailed, high quality woodworking plans, here’s a great online source that I always recommend:

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