An Introduction to Outdoor Furniture

I f you've ever made a picnic table or a planter, you know that the art of making outdoor furniture is unique, different from any other type of woodworking. The methods and tec hniques are a careful blend of cabinetry and carpentry a finished outdoor furniture project looks like a piece of furniture, but it's built like a house. The reason for this, of course, is the weather Out of doors, your project has to survive extreme changes in temperature and humidity. When building outdoor furniture,...

Materials List

Back frame (3) 1Vrx6'A*x25V C. Armrests (2) 1 Vt x 4 ' x 22 0. Arm supports (2) 1VPx4 x10V E. Long slats (19) Vx1Vx60 F. Short slats (3) V x 1W x 58 V x 4 Eyebolts with 2 nuts and 2 washers each (4) V x 2* Carriage bolts with nuts and washers (6) washers (6) 10 x 1V4 Flathead wood screws (6 dozen) 14 x 3* Flathead wood screws (4) Porch swing chain set, with 5' leaders 2 S-hooks 6) Cut the frame parts to size. Cut the scat and hac k frame parts from 2x8 stock....

Q

Cut the rabbet joints in the seat supports. Using a dado cuitcr, cut rabbet joints in each end of the seat supports. See Figure I. The rabbets must be cut parallel to the mitered ends. These joints will help to hold the front and back legs steady. 1 Cut rabbet f amp nts in the ends of the seat supports at the same angle as the mitered ends. Use a stop block attached to the fence to gauge the length of the rabbets 4 Assemble the frame. Bolt the seat support to the legs with 3-long carriage...

Bench Exploded View

Out Door Furniture Exploded View

To make the picnic table with all eight benches, you'll need to purchase ten 2 x 6s, 8' long, twelve 2 x 4s, 8' long, and six 1 diameter dowels, 4' long. Be very picky when you select the wood. You're going to Ik- sitting and eating on those boards. You want them to be fairly clear and free from defects. Rip and cut all the parts to the sizes shown in the Materials List, with the exception of the bench legs. Cut these parts at least 22 long or longer. This extra stock will...