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What To Know About Exterior Wood Stain

Tired of maintaining an outdoor wood finish that peels? Exterior wood stain provides the same protection without the headaches.

How to Make Solar-Powered House Numbers

Your dinner guests will never miss your house again once you install these solar-powered house numbers.


13 DIY Projects Your Whole Family Can Do Together

Getting kids involved in DIY projects at an early age will help them gain confidence and skills they will put...


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10 Best Outdoor Lounge Chairs

Summer 2020: The summer of staying at home. Kick back on the patio or deck with one of these inviting...


How to Build a Portable Prep Table for Your RV Road Trip

Running water and a work surface for convenient outdoor cooking.

How to Build a Modern Rustic Wall Planter

Learn how to bring a stylish splash of green to any wall in your home.


How to Build a Compost Bin

This 'log cabin' bin will keep your compost pile from becoming an eyesore. These compost bin plans will give you...

How to Build a Garden Shed Addition

Plenty of storage for outdoor tools and toys, only a step away from your back door


How to Build an A-Frame Picnic Table

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Learn how to make a picnic table you can build...


How to Build an Outdoor Storage Bench

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At first glance, this bench may look like a complex project....


Perfect Patio Combo: Wooden Bench Plans With Built-in End Table

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This patio bench offers comfortable seating with built-in end tables to...

How to Build Cornhole Boards

Looking for a reason to get out of the house and play some lawn games? This classic backyard game is...


Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build A Folding Stool

Build a few of these small folding stools in an afternoon, and take them out camping or to sit around...


10 Easy Wooden Lawn Chairs & Benches to Build

These amazing wooden lawn chairs and benches may look difficult to build, but they're actually really easy—even for a beginner!...


This is Why Using a Push Stick with Your Table Saw is So Important

Table saw kickback happens when a board trapped between the blade and the fence gets flung back at you after...


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Saturday Morning Workshop: Outdoor Trestle Bench

Beautify your patio, deck or porch this summer with this attractive, easy-to-construct outdoor trestle bench.

How to Build a Multi-Level Indoor Plant Stand

With its multiple levels, you can get a lot of greenery into a conveniently small space.


How to Build a Backyard Beverage Stand That Doubles as a Lawn Ornament

Take your backyard beverages to the next level with this super-simple DIY drink stand.


How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


How to Build a Garden Arbor

Make a sturdy place to relax or a dramatic garden entrance in a weekend with this amazing garden arbor.


Recipes for Perfect Flower Containers

Surefire combinations with great curb appeal


Sturdy Deck Planter

This easy-to-make flower box sits on almost any deck rail … or can even stand alone


1-in. Stop Block for Multiple Cutoffs

When you have to crosscut a whole pile of short pieces to the same length, clamp a specially dedicated block...


16 Reader Projects from The Family Handyman

We love seeing your versions of projects from The Family Handyman—so we’re showing them off! The following 16 reader projects...

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Reader Project: North Woods Bench

When reader Keith Simpson saw plans for the North Woods Bench, originally published in the May 2014 issue of The


Reader Project: Classic Garden Bench

Dan Kemper sent us a photo of his version of the Classic Garden Bench, originally published in the April 2016...


How to Build a Timber Frame Garden Arbor

You can cut perfect, old-style joints with standard tools...and keep all the fasteners out of sight


Build a Classic Garden DIY Bench with Dowel Construction

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Dowel construction makes it solid-and surprisingly simple.


DIY Bench, North Woods Style

An inexpensive, easy-to-build classic


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How to Build a Garden Bench

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Make this attractive, comfortable garden bench. We show you how to...