Backyard Projects for Today's Homestead
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Maximize your outdoor living spaces through creative woodworking!
Today's challenging economic climate has motivated many homeowners to stay in their current homes rather than upgrade, and this has sparked a major trend in what is often called the "don't move: improve!" movement. By putting a small amount of money (and some time) into sprucing-up your backyard, you can create a veritable oasis with the projects in this book. Not only can these projects improve quality of life, but building them can also be a great financial decision.
Backyard Projects for Today's Homestead includes:
- 20 illustrated step-by-step projects that are within the skill level of beginning woodworkers
- Information on choosing durable materials, working with reclaimed lumber, applying finishes appropriate for outdoor wear
- More than just outdoor furniture - includes chicken coops, decking, gates, etc
our time. We have raised beds where we grow vegetables, a terrific shed to store bikes and more, a large deck that has been great for entertaining and a play structure that our young daughter enjoys every day. Our quality of life skyrocketed when we undertook these projects, and, even though we aren't planning on moving any time soon, we have the satisfaction of knowing that it was a financially good decision. I'm sure that we would see a good return on our modest investment if we decided to
It only requires a small amount of materials, and if you have a couple of extra boards laying around, or scraps of the right length, you might be able to avoid a trip to the lumber yard. Even if you don't have enough odds and ends on hand, you'll only need about 6 board feet of lumber, so you can save the bulk of your materials budget for other projects. The exact size will, of course, vary depending on your situation. If the opening is narrow, you may prefer a gate with just one panel instead of
the construction because there is no need to work out the math involved in laying out traditional rafters, and, it provides adequate strength for a small structure. If you live in a region where snow loads or other weather-related phenomena are significant, you may wish to beef this up somewhat. 13 This photo shows the importance of supporting the edges of each section of roof sheathing. I overhung the sheathing about 7″ past the gable ends. 14 The whole thing is shaping up nicely. 15 I
angle and cut one end of the stretcher. I then positioned the stretcher where it would eventually go and drew a pair of marks at the top and bottom edges of the stretcher where it intersected the rear vertical. I made sure that the vertical pieces were placed exactly parallel to each other at the correct width to ensure that these marks would be in the right spots. The marks showed me where to cut — I used my miter saw at the same 25° angle. 6 Once the angled stretcher was cut, I drilled some
completely untreated. Film finishes include varnishes, polyurethanes and lacquers. To hold up outdoors, many people turn to spar varnishes, with mixed results. They generally require at least four coats, and will probably need to be maintained yearly, depending on the weather in your area. I've had some poor results with spar varnish on some projects in my own backyard, but I probably needed a thicker buildup of the product — I did three coats on a small tabletop, and it had flaked off