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Relax and enjoy the fruits of your woodworking skills outdoors with one of the project plans below. Included in each project plan, you'll find:

  • Detailed instructions
  • Tools needed
  • List of materials
  • Shopping and Cutting lists
  • Assembly diagrams
  • Finishing options
  • Safety tips

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FREE WOODWORKING PROJECTS AND PLANS

Multipurpose Outdoor Cart
This multipurpose outdoor cart may be the ultimate patio accessory: a sturdy, good-looking way to ferry food and drink to guests or to use as a planter for fresh herbs and flowers.

Skill Level: Advanced; Download Project Plans (PDF; 325k)

FREE WOODWORKING PROJECTS AND PLANS

Adirondack Chair
There may be no outdoor chair more classic and familiar than the one that hails from upstate New York. With its generous proportions and laid-back angles, the Adirondack chair is all about taking it easy. Its sturdy yet straightforward construction makes it a great project for intermediate and advanced woodworkers and even "seasoned" beginners.

Skill Level: Advanced; Download Project Plans (PDF; 641k)

Patio Table
Tired of outdoor tables made of metal or plastic? This table has the richness and warmth that only wood can provide. Perfect for a patio, porch or sunroom, the 44" top features a stunning sunburst radial design and seats four comfortably.

Skill Level: Advanced; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 0.99m)

Modular Planter Bench
The beauty of this modular system is that it can be as short or long as you like; it can be straight, or it can take hard lefts or rights to follow the footprint of a deck or patio. And, best of all, it's simple, quick and inexpensive to build. You'll be "up" and sitting in a few hours.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 260k)

Outdoor Storage Chest
Storage is like money; we never seem to have enough. Here's another truism: storage is where you find it, and a frequently underused area is outside the home. But instead of suggesting the usual toolshed, this project shows you how to make a beautiful chest for storing the smaller outdoor items that we use every day.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 364k)

Adirondack Chair
The Adirondack chair is designed for maximum comfort with a deep seat, spacious arms and a slanted back. When you want to take a nap, just pull up the matching footrest. When summer's gone, you can fold up both the chair and footrest for easy moving and storage.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 488k)

Garden Bench
Traditionally made of teak, these benches have long graced English parks and gardens, aging gracefully through years of use and weather. This version is made of cedar, but you could also use white oak, redwood or cypress. Whatever wood you use, it's a good idea to finish your bench with a waterproofer.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 260k)

Porch Swing
Kick back and relax with this fun-to-build weekend project. The smooth, gentle glide of the porch swing will keep you daydreaming for hours.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 217k)

Patio Planter
This planter is designed to make patio or deck gardening much easier. Instead of just filling the well with dirt and putting in individual flowers or plants, you can simply use pre-potted plants. That makes it easy to change plants as the seasons turn or unload the planter and move it to a new location.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 137k)

Pedestal Picnic Table
If you're looking for a picnic table that's simple to build but looks great on a deck or patio, here's the design for you.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 2.7mb)

Patio Chair and Love Seat
This lightweight, easy-to-build outdoor furniture can bring contemporary flair to a deck, patio or balcony. And these chairs are as easy to store as they are to relax in.

Skill Level: Intermediate; Download Woodworking Project Plans (PDF; 256k)