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How to Make Outdoor Furniture Spring is the perfect time to whip up some garden furniture whether you're building pieces for the outdoors or if you just want to upgrade old pieces. FineWoodworking.com hosts a collection of outdoor furniture project and plans that you can build: See complete list below. Our latest issue (FWW #212) includes three outdoor chair plans.

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You can watch how to make one of them from start to finish in an eight-part video workshop. Watch the intro video below. Other projects on our site include a table, a classic Adirondack, and more garden bench plans. So, what's on your agenda?

Will you craft pieces for the outdoors this year? Or, if you recently made any projects, upload photos in our gallery. And, if you have any tips for fellow patio-furniture makers, be sure to share them in a comment below. Make a garden bench: Watch the free video introduction. More outdoor furniture projects Our version updates the original design with a curved seat and back, making it even more comfortable for relaxing.

Market conditions have become more testing in recent months at Argos, particularly in video gaming and "big-ticket" home-related areas such as furniture, but computers, white goods and toys all continued to show good growth. At Homebase, sales of garden planting and outdoor furniture items have been strong, but its core DIY sales were down. Mark Photiades, a retail analyst at Singer Capital Markets, said he expected half-year profits of around £94 million, compared with £116.8 million last year.

He said: "There might be a little bit on strategy and how they're going to be positioned in the key Christmas period." High street department store Debenhams has already said it expects a 20% rise in profits when it announces full-year results on Thursday. Consensus market forecasts for the high street retailer point to underlying profits of about £150 million for the year to August 28.

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- You'd Better Get This Right! Lee Murray Without a detailed blueprint or set of plans to guide you, it will be just about impossible for you to build outdoor furniture pieces that are of the highest quality unless you are a true Michaelangelo or possess a photographic memory.

The number of years' experience or level of skill have nothing to do with it. In fact, it would completely limit all the glorious options that are available to you out there, as thousands upon thousands of amazing are out there for the making.You will find, however, that some plans are of a better quality than the rest. This article will help you to determine which plans will give you the high-end results that you seek teaching you the three-point criteria that you should look for in a set of plans before purchasing or using them for your projects. All of these elements are so critical that they're an integral part of any furniture plan. If your are missing any of these, throw them out and find better ones!

The Foxfire Books were one of the first series of DIY books (Boy Scout manuals withstanding) with an environmental backbone, and step-by-step instructions for creating everything from tying knots to building outdoor furniture. Lastly, she chose the 1960’s classic, Be Here Now.

This is the book that inspired so many to seekers on their spiritual journeys. Throughout our dusty shopping adventure, I couldn’t contain myself from mumbling, “Oh, I had that book. It is a classic.” And, she would say, “So, mom should I buy it or can I have it?” Well, some of those books I’ve kept, and others went to library sales or the Goodwill store years ago. How do you know whether or not to donate a book away?

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The gardens of Monticello include ornamental and useful plants from around the world. 86367 (CC) (HGTV) Don't Sweat It Dean and Derek build an engaged couple an outdoor master bath, complete with gazebo, hot-tub, shower and lots of tropical plantings. 4544744 11:30 a.m. (HGTV) Carter Can — Converting a no-frills space into a high-tech home theater and game room. Indoors Out — A custom-built cabana, freeform patio and planting beds, and a waterfall and pond create a poolside getaway for busy parents.

2010 should be a year for environmental awareness if the two women at Greencycle manage to sign up more customers for their Port Elizabeth recycling service. Business partners Laura Henderson and Louise Simpson started Greencycle a year and a half ago and already have ploughed through tons of rubbish around the city. They and their team of nine, mostly part-timers, will collect three black bags of refuse once a week for a modest monthly fee, take these to their base in Walmer Dunes and recycle as much of what they have collected as they can.

Your three kilograms may not amount to much but if we have 500 customers each with three kilos, then it is a lot, said Laura. If everybody does their little bit then you get big volumes. And big volumes are what it is about. Greencycle has one machine, for example, that takes old plastic, shreds it into tiny pieces and compresses it into wood-like planks that can be used to build outdoor furniture.

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Given time, even the smallest garden can land you with a mountain of things to store "“ be they pot plants and tools or outdoor furniture. A shed usually provides the answer, but there's plenty to think about before making a choice. Whatever size garden you have, you are sure to need some form of outdoor storage for garden equipment, tools, outdoor furniture, and other outdoor and DIY accoutrements.

Before deciding on the type of storage facilities to install however, it is important to evaluate the extent of your requirements and assess just how much storage space you really need. Basic considerations Of course, you may already have firm ideas about just how big your garden storage problem is, especially if you have nowhere to store anything. On the other hand, you may be struggling along with thoroughly inadequate facilities, and wondering how to cope.

Work has already commenced on the plant, which is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2010 (see letsrecycle.com story). Dr John Casey, director of engineering and quality at Biffa, said: 'The plant uses a unique combination of mechanical and optical sorting systems and has been designed to operate with very high levels of automation and efficiency, making it the most advanced plant in the UK. This is the first of a new generation of material recovery facilities that we will be building across the US.

BPI launches bin recycling scheme Plastics recycling firm bpi.recycled products has launched a scheme to help councils to recycle old wheeled bins into secondary applications such as outdoor furniture and building films. The company, which is a subsidiary of Renfrewshire-based BPI Polythene, currently recycles in excess of 70,000 tonnes of polythene scrap per annum.

An expanded shower with a digital system, pebble tile with a new TV and a motorized window bring modern technology into a couple's master bath. 8315315 7:30 a.m. (HGTV) New Spaces Homeowners move their kitchen closer to the fireplace. A sculptural tile shower wall, round ceramic floor tile, compact radiator and a new toilet help to give a couple's outdated art-deco bathroom a timeless look. My Big Amazing Renovation A family renovates its 75-year-old cottage home.

A boring patio is transformed into an outdoor pub with a little paint, concrete stain, strategically placed furniture and cabinetry, and a mini-kegerator. My Big Amazing Renovation A Chicago couple buy three neighboring units around their high-rise apartment to create a 3400-square-foot condo. Indoors Out A bar, pergola, television and travertine stone floor create the ultimate outdoor sports bar.

Iwant to do this! What's This? You can build almost any kind of outdoor furniture out of 2 by 4s. adirondack chair image by MHPhoto from Fotolia.com With the right tools, building outdoor furniture out of 2-by-4 lumber is a cheap and easy way of turning your backyard or garden into a masterpiece. You can make planters, garden benches, adirondack chairs, trellises and much more out of 2 by 4, and with a coat of weather sealant, it can withstand the elements for years.

The pride and satisfaction of decorating your backyard with your own 2 by 4 creations is unbeatable. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions Things You'll Need: 2 by 4 lumber Weather sealant Sandpaper Screws Table saw Miter saw Orbital sander 1 Make a plan for your piece. Your options are limitless. Go to outdoor shows, hardware stores, and farmer's markets for ideas, where you'll often see a variety of handmade outdoor furniture displayed. When you've chosen the piece you wish to create, sketch out a design and gather the materials.

These DIY outdoor furniture projects include a bench, picnic table, Adirondack chair, patio planter, and plant stand. All can be built with a minimum of tools and expense in a few hours time. Tools To complete these projects, you’ll need the following tools: Safety glasses and ear plugs Tape measure and pencil Square and level Circular saw or miter saw Jigsaw or bandsaw Drill and bits Sander and sandpaper Building Tip Always use rot resistant wood and corrosion resistant fasteners for outdoor building projects. DIY Outdoor Bench This pressure treated pine outdoor bench was built in less than two hours for a total of $15 in materials.

See How to Build an Outdoor Bench to find out more. DIY Picnic Table This picnic table was assembled using corrosion resistant carriage bolts and screws. Picnic table plans are available from Woodcraft . Adirondack Chair This Adirondack chair was made from cedar following a set of plans from Woodcraft . Galvanized carriage bolts and screws were used to assemble the chair.

Make sure to provide a football team's worth of seating with these simple yet whimsical DIY chair projects. So you're throwing a Super Bowl party this weekend and you're afraid you won't have enough seating for everyone? Here are three of our favorite DIY chairs that you can whip up quickly and on the cheap.

PlanCanvas DIY Chair #1: Modern Arm Chair by PlanCanvas Back in June, we interviewed crafter/builder Christian Schoeneman about the DIY furniture plans he creates for his company PlanCanvas In the process, we fell for the Modern Arm Chair he suggests building with 3/4-inch-thick plywood (one 4 x 8-foot piece is enough to build two) and standard dowels. The main tools you'll need are a jigsaw and a drill. The 26" x 32" x 21" chair is the perfect extra seat that you'll be proud to display in your TV room. Plans for the chair are free on the company's site. DIY Chair #2:

Design and DIY blog Design*Sponge shares a great DIY for building your own stylish indoor/outdoor mini fire pit. You'll need silicone caulk, glass, a planter with a wide lip, rocks, hardware mesh, and a canister of gel fuel.

They use glass from some cheap picture frames, mesh from a Dollar Store grill grate, and other cheap parts. The end result is a soothing and expensive looking portable fire pit perfect for a glowing campfire effect on your deck without the hassle (or lease-violating nature) of a real roaring fire. Check out the full tutorial at the link below for more tips and pictures.