Building a garden bench with table

If you want to build an unique bench for you backyard, we recommend you to check out this amazing project from MyOutdoorPlans. Make sure you watch the clip and pay attention to the techniques required for the job. This bench requires common tools and basic materials. Invest in high quality materials even if this will enhance the costs of the project. You will see the difference on the long run.

The double chair bench with table is nice and has an unique appearance. Adjust the dimensions to suit your needs.

 

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Garden furniture plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to build nice furniture for your garden, w strongly recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many projects and designs to choose from when building garden furniture, so make sure you take a look over the alternatives before starting the actual construction. Invest in high quality materials and always plan everything with attention, if you want to get a professional result.

How to build a simple chairChairs, tables, arbors, benches or planter… there are so many options to choose from that it is quite difficult to make up your mind. From our own experience in the field, we recommend you to make a priority list and to check if you have the right budget for the project. Work with attention and invest in the best materials you can afford. It is essential to plan everything from the very beginning, otherwise the project might exceed the costs.

Click here if you want to see more plans for you backyards that come with step by step instructions and with detailed diagrams. It is essential to select the lumber with great care (the slats should be straight and in a good condition) and check if the components are weather-resistant. Check if the corners are right-angled and always pre-drill the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints and clamp ll the components together tightly.

If you are a skilled person and your kind of weekend is all about building something in the garage, I consider that you should learn how to build a really nice work table. The best thing about this project is that any person with basic woodworking skills can get the job done in just a few hours, as it doesn’t require complex techniques nor expensive power tools. All you need to do is to select the most appropriate plans for your work table and to adjust the size of the work table to your needs. Work with attention and invest in high quality materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, cedar or pine.

 

Work table plans

Work table plans

Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws into place. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Wok with attention and make sure you align everything with attention. Adding the bottom shelf is a great way to add functionality to your project. In this manner, you will be able to store all your tools in one place before starting the actual assembly of the work table.

 

All in all, a work table is one of the best projects that you could build in your own backyard, if you are a skilled guy. Use quality lumber and make sure you make accurate cuts, otherwise the components won’t fit together properly.  Click the following link, if you want to learn more about building the work table: http://gardenplansfree.com/storage/work-table-plans/

Wood Shed Plans Free

Choosing the right plans for your wooden shed is a real challenge for most of us, taking into account the large variety of designs and shapes. Moreover, choosing a design that fits your needs and suits the terrain is one of the hardest parts when building a shed. There are many types of sheds, starting with simple ones, such as lean to sheds, gambrel sheds, up to complex shapes, such as barn sheds sheds with loft.

Before starting the actual project, you should ask yourself several questions, such as: How will you use the shed? What’s the best place to build the shed? Will it be on a single level or do you need a multilevel design? Afterwards, study these alternatives and choose the shape and design that fits your needs perfectly. Pay attention to the materials and carpentry skills required by each design, otherwise you might not have the budget or the time to get the job done.

 

Wood Shed Plans Free

Storage shed

Storage shed

There are many reasons for adding a shed to your backyard. Most of the people want to enhance the look of their gardens, while other just want a large storage space for objects they don’t use on the regular basis. A shed will expand the storage space of your home and increase the value of your property significantly, so the investment will pay off sooner than you might imagine.

A well-planned shed has to harmonize with the house and garden, meaning that it should have an appropriate design and size. In other words, you should ensure a smooth transition between the style of your backyard and your wooden shed. Before choosing the plans for the garden shed, you also have to study attentively the local building codes, as the legal requirements vary extensively. Therefore, you should focus on the technical aspects of the project, such as the size and the structure of the construction, as well on its location.

Generally speaking, building a shed should be a straight forward job, therefore any amateur handyman with basic woodworking skills should be able to get the job done in a professional manner, especially if the plans are detailed and come with instructions and a list with the size of the needed components. Nevertheless, like any construction of this scale, building a wooden shed is time consuming, so you should assess teh opportunity of a diy project.

In the initial stages of the planning, you should involve the rest of your family in the process. After you have a short list with the features you have to include in your project, then you need to draw the plans, obtain the permits, choose the framing techniques and select proper materials. From our experience, we recommend you to build a lean to or a gable shed, if you want to get the job done quickly and to prevent possible complications during the process.

Woodshed plans free

Woodshed plans free

Before building a shed, you have to know the legal regulations, regarding the size and the location of your storage shed. The size and shape of your shed will influence the depth of the footings or the distance you have to leave from the property line. A 8×10′ shed with a gable roof is a good compromise, as it is large enough to store a lot of tools, while being compact enough to fit in any backyard.

After you have determined the exact location of your shed, you have to lay it out in a professional manner, using batter boards and string. Check the corners for squareness, before digging the footings. Afterwards, you should dig several 2′ deep holes, install tube forms, pour concrete and install metal anchors. Let the concrete dry out for several days and install the 4×4 posts, by inserting lag screws. Pre-drill the lumber, to prevent the wood from splitting.

Next, install the rim joist and the regular joists. Place the joists every 16” on center, as to obtain a rigid structure. Pre-drill holes in the rim joists before inserting the 3” screws and check the corners for squareness. Afterwards, install the 3/4” plywood flooring, making sure you connect the groove and tongue sheets properly. Pay attention to the joints between the sheets, as they should be placed on a joist.

Next, you should build the wall frames on the ground, using 2×4 lumber and 3” screws or nails. Leave enough space for a door and several windows. Use a carpentry square, to make sure the corners of the frame are right angled. Secure the walls to the floor joists with 3” wood screws and and attach the exterior siding.

Build the trusses out of 2×4 lumber, making sure they are all equal in size and shape. Use plywood gussets to reinforce the joints of the trusses, before fitting them into place, every 24” on center. Drill pilot holes trough the rafters and insert the 3” screws into the top plates. Afterwards, install the the roofing sheets (3/4” tongue and groove plywood), the roofing felt and the asphalt shingles into place and secure them with appropriate nails. We recommend you to snap chalk lines on the roof, to guide you when installing the rest of the shingles.

 

Build a wood shed

As you probably imagine, building a garden shed on your own will decrease significantly the total costs of the project (more than 50%). Nevertheless, if you don’t plan everything from the very beginning, the project could take more time than you could imagine, therefore increasing the total expenditures. Therefore, we recommend you to choose the right storage shed plans for your needs, and follow the instruction, to save time and money.

After you have a complete list of components required, you should go to the lumber store and ask for a price estimate. Choose the lowest price, making sure you buy everything you need from the first time, otherwise you will waste a lot of time making trips to the diy store. Before cutting the lumber with a miter saw, measure the components several times, otherwise they might not fit together properly.

If you don’t have the experience or the time to undertake such a complex project, we recommend you to buy a shed kit. In most of the cases the kits come at affordable prices, therefore you don’t have to spend more than planned. Moreover, the kit comes with all the parts pre-cut and with step by step instructions. If you ask a friend to hold the components into place while you drive in the nails, you can assemble the kit in just an afternoon.

Garden picnic table plans

If you have a small backyard and if you like to hang out with your friends, building a picnic table might be a great idea. A wooden picnic table for your garden doesn’t require a high investment nor complex woodworking skills, so you should be able to build it by yourself and keep the costs as low as possible. If an octagon table is too large or complex for your needs, then a hexagon picnic table should be a good compromise between the looks and the costs of the materials.

 

Garden picnic table plans 

Picnic table

Picnic table

Choose proper picnic table plans, before starting the actual construction, making sure they are as detailed as possible. Check if the plans feature step by step instructions and detailed diagrams. You could also adjust the size and the design of the picnic table, if you haven’t found something that fits your needs. Nevertheless, remember that you should make sure the structure is rigid enough to supports your weight.

From our experience, we recommend you to seal the legs of the picnic table, as to protect them from rot and water damage. Use silicone to cover the bottom part of the legs, especially if they are in contact with the ground. Invest in quality materials, such as pressure-treated, cedar or pine. You could use redwood as well, but it will increase the total costs of the project with about 50%.

Smooth the edges of the components with sandpaper and round the exposed ones with a router. It is essential to pay attention to all these preliminary steps, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Apply a few coats of exterior paint to the components, to protect them from decay and sunlight.

Basic Greenhouse Plans

Building a basic greenhouse is not the most difficult diy project for a regular homeowner, but it definitely has several advantages. On one hand, you can grow your own vegetables organically and change your lifestyle towards a more healthier approach. From our own experience, we consider that building a small greenhouse plans should be a top priority for any family, especially if you have a large backyard. You also need to build a cold frame for your garden, as to grow plants even in the cold season.

Building the frameThere are many tools and techniques you could choose from, so you really should study the alternatives before taking a decision. From our experience, a simple frame with a gable shape is a good choice, as it doesn’t require complicated woodworking techniques nor a high investment. If you know how to cut lumber, drill pilot holes and insert galvanized screws, it means you can get the ob done by yourself. If you also have a handy friend, you should ask him to give you a hand, as there are certain steps when you need another person.

First of all, you need to build the side walls on a level surface. Afterwards, lay them into place and secure the frames temporarily with 2×4 braces. Use a spirit level to check if the walls are plumb. Continue by installing the back wall and the front wall. In this manner, you will enhance the rigidity of the frame.

Greenhouse plansNext, build the rafters out of 2×4 lumber. Do’t forget to cut both ends of the rafters at about 45 degrees, if you wand to obtain a construction with a proper slope. A roof with at least 30 degrees slope would drain the water properly, so take this aspect into account, before starting the garden project.

Building the door of the greenhouse is not difficult, as you should use 2×2 or 2×4 slats. Drill pilot holes and lock the components together, if you want to get a professional result. Check the corners for squareness, by using a good carpentry square. Fit the door into the door opening and lock it to the frame with metal hinges. Cover the greenhouse with polyethylene film, making sure you stretch it properly. If necessary, fit 1×2 strips of wood over the film into the rafters.

 

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Lean to greenhouse plans

Building a raised garden bed

If you want to grow vegetables and flowers all day long, we recommend you to build a small raised garden planter or a wooden greenhouse. While the greenhouse requires a significant investment and it is appropriate if you are experienced and want to grow a large quantity of vegetables, a raised bed will provide enough space to grow vegetables and flowers.

Free raised garden bed plans

Free raised garden bed plans

As you will see in this project, building a raised garden bed is easy, but you need to pay attention to a few aspects. On one hand, you have to select the location of the planter with great attention, as it needs to receive a significant amount of light all day long. In addition,  you need to place it in such a way as not to waste too much space, especially if you have a tight backyard. From our experience, we recommend you to make the raised garden bed a highlight point of the garden, especially if you work with great care and get a professional result.

In order to build a durable raised garden bed, you should buy quality materials, that are weather resistant, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the boards are in a good condition before buying them, otherwise the planter won’t have a neat look. Work with great care and attention, otherwise your investment won’t pay off on the long term.

After building the frame of the garden bed, you could attach trims on top of the slats, to enhance the look of the construction. Protecting the plants from bed weather is possible  if you build hoop arches out of flexible pvc. Cover the arched frames with film and you will increase the temperature during the cold night and days significantly. Nevertheless, don’t forget to ventilate the raised bed when the outside temperature is high.

You also need to plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to prevent mistakes or any other kind of issues. In you plan to grow vegetables and flower, it will also be a great idea to use free potting bench plans to build a useful support when planting the seedlings. Choose the size of the planter with great care, otherwise you might find the raised bed either too large or too small. Install landscaping membrane at the bottom and along the interior walls of the garden bed, to keep the weeds out of the box. Plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.