24 Outdoor Woodworking Projects To Do This Fall
There’s still time to build (and enjoy!) these outdoor woodworking projects this fall. Each includes full plans, so you can start one today.
This nifty stool is lightweight, small and easy to carry. It folds flat and is sturdy. I carry mine in my trunk and use it all the time for camping trips, watching Little League games and parades. Follow the video tutorial and steps below to build a few of your own.
Cantina Bird Feeder
Bird feeders are an incredible way to enjoy the best of wildlife. They involve about as little work as possible for the most enjoyment when sitting and reading a book on your porch or working in the yard. You can pay a fair amount of money for one of these, and even more for one that looks like it is made by hand.
A sturdy, serviceable bench, its many design details combined in bold form and strong lines are reminiscent of Santa Fe styling. And, it’s small and light enough to lift and move around easily. We used cedar because of its rich warm color, light weight and weather resistance. All surfaces were sanded and corners slightly rounded.
Perfect Patio Chairs
If you don’t have room in your yard for a large, freestanding shed, you can still create plenty of space for garden tools with a shed attached to the back or side of the house. This garden closet project is easy to build, even for a beginner. If you’re an experienced builder, you can build this shed in a couple of weekends.
This classic backyard game is easy and inexpensive to make yourself. And with legs that fold up, it’s easy to tote along for tailgating, camping and more. Plus, watch the video tutorial for a quick how-to!
Outdoor Storage Bench
It’s just a box made from four frames with legs that wrap around the corners. The panels that fill the frames are plywood with waterproof fabric stapled over them. Covering the plywood seat with foam and fabric is something even an upholstery novice can manage. This bench is easy to customize, too.
Simple Folding Chair
Add Interest with a Garden Arbor
Paths built with concrete, stone or pavers are expensive and labor intensive. They require a lot of digging, hauling of tons of materials and the disposal of tons of soil. If you’re looking for an easier path, consider a wooden walkway, especially for wet or sloped sites.
Adirondack Chair and Love Seat
This fire table is a fun build because it entails a variety of skills: woodworking, masonry, metal work and a little mechanical. It does require a few more-advanced tools, but if you shop for one, you could easily spend a couple thousand dollars.
Wooden Bench for Less
Install Outdoor Lighting and an Extra Outlet
Add a charming outdoor light plus an easy-to-access outlet anywhere in your yard! Here are the step-by-step plans.
Patio Combo With Built-In End Table
Outdoor Storage Locker
Assemble this easy-to-build storage locker for your outdoor tools. It’s low and compact, yet spacious enough hold your lawnmower, long-handled tools and all your gardening materials.
Folding Adirondack Chair
The chair? It’s an Adirondack chair, of course. Our version is designed for maximum comfort. It has a deep seat with a rounded front edge, spacious arms, and a curved, laid-back back. When summer’s gone, fold up the chair for easy moving and storage.
You can build these chairs from a variety of wood species. If your chair will live outdoors, redwood, cedar, white oak or Philippine mahogany would be good choices. They can be left unfinished to weather naturally, or given a clear preservative finish. I built mine with cedar, which is lightweight, readily available and moderately priced.
Matching Adirondack Table
Got an Adirondack chair? This matching table is a perfect partner for it (or any comfy patio chair). You’ll learn some tricks to expedite the process and a way to hide unsightly screws. With just a few basic tools, you’ll have this table built and be relaxing next to your creation in a couple hours.
Giant Backyard Jenga
Easily make your own version of this classic game for tailgates or parties using simple tools. How will you stack up?
Don’t be put off by all those difficult-looking curves and arches; this arbor was designed with simplicity in mind. If you have a drill, a jigsaw and a circular saw—and some experience using them—you can build this arbor in two or three weekends.
Wood Outdoor Railing
Decks and outdoor stairs can develop wobbly railings, often due to a wobbly bottom post. Here’s how to do it right, without having to set the post in concrete.
Simple Cedar Bench
After searching unsuccessfully for an outdoor bench that was comfortable, sturdy and affordable, senior editor Travis Larson took matters into his own hands. He measured and doodled until he came up with this design. According to Travis, “The beauty of this cedar bench isn’t just that it’s inexpensive and easy to build—it’s that it’s so doggone comfortable. You can sit on it for hours, even without cushions.”
Whether you want to prolong your growing season or get a jumpstart on spring planting next time, this mini greenhouse is for you. Start with some cedar boards and a few basic power tools, and you can knock out this outdoor project in just a couple of hours!