Making Outdoor Furniture


Making outdoor furniture is not only a task that you can do during your free time but it can also help you adjust the things that you might not want to be displayed especially if it is located at your patio. For example, the stackable plastic patio chairs or other items which is not pleasant to look at. Apart from that, by building your very own outdoor furniture such as chair, table, a picnic table with benches, patio benches or even an umbrella table. You would be able to craft it to your own style and design, functional, plus also it is much more affordable than you purchase new furniture. Below are some useful steps that can help you learn and build your own outdoor furniture.

To make outdoor furniture, you need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Cedar wood
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper or fine-grit sanding belts
  • Hand saw or power saw
  • Table saw
  • Power Drill and bits
  • C-clamps
  • Boards
  • Trim pieces
  • Nails and screws
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Large screwdriver
  • Stain or sealant

Building Outdoor Furniture

How to Make Outdoor Furniture

  • First thing that you need to do is to select a suitable wood in order to make the outdoor furniture.
    • Make sure that you choose the most durable and also affordable type of wood that caters to your specific budget range.

It is recommended that you choose cedar wood because it is the most durable type of wood and also easy for you to work with. Besides that, it is also not so expensive. You should always consider the most durable type of wood in order to make outdoor furniture.

  • You must also create a layout plan or sketch before you start to do your task.
    • Ensure that you make proper measurement with accuracy such as the depth, height, and width that you required for the outdoor furniture.
    • The layout will be as a guide and reference for you while you do the task.
  • It is also important for you to organize your work area.
    • Make sure that your tools are easily accessible whenever you need to use them.
    • Understand the plans and layout that you have sketched earlier and easily visible.
    • Make sure that the work area is always neat and undistracted.
  • The next step is for you to cut the boards in a careful way by using your table saw.
    • Always refer back to your plans regularly so that you can verify the exact measurements for the board that you want to use. The measure must always be accurate according to your design and specifications.
    • You will normally find most furniture designs has specifically shaped pieces of wood especially at the end of it like rounded ends or even angled edges for boards.
    • In order to get this kind of shapes, you need to use the sandpaper as well as some precise cutting using your saw.

Remember to always assemble your outdoor furniture with basic principles. For instance, when you are making a chair, you need to start assemble it starting with its seat. As for a table, it is normally assembled starting from its top down.

  • Once you have finished assembling the furniture, you need to do finer detail task such as trim any required section of the pieces.
    • Trim pieces are normally done to accent your furniture outer edges.
    • For example, the front of your chair’s seat, the backrest for the top of your chair or even the edges of your table top or any other edges that you think need to be trimmed.
  • Then, you can add a final touch to your outdoor furniture by sanding its surface in order to eliminate any sharp corners.
    • After that, you need to clean the saw dust that you see on the wood’s surface before you can proceed to stain or use the wood sealant on your furniture.
  • Finally, you can apply your preferred stain or sealant but make sure that you follow the instruction provided by the product’s manufacturer.
    • Make sure that you allow the correct amount of drying time when you are using the stain. Once it has dried completely, you can proceed to add a second layer of stain until you are satisfied with the result.
    • If you think one layer is good enough for you, then you do not have to add another coat of sealant to your wood furniture.

Remember to always ensure that your work area is well ventilated whenever you are using any stain or sealant product.

Always remember that whenever you want to make outdoor furniture,

  • Especially when you are choosing your material, you need to consider using some of the synthetic materials available that you can purchase at your nearby hardware stores. This is because most of the manufacturers provide you with warranty that you will never get for other lumber material.

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