Sunday, August 18, 2013

Building a platform bed frame

There are lots of woodworking projects that you should consider for your home, such as making a bed frame or a nice console table, beside the projects for your backyard. In this article we will get you through the basics of building a platform bed frame.

Maybe the most important thing to know when building a bed frame is that you need to design its dimensions around the size of the mattress. In this manner you will make sure the mattress fits into place easily and save a lot of money and time.

As you can easily notice in the video, we recommend you to use quality lumber for your bed frame. In this manner it will be a lot easier to get the job done and to use the bed for may years in a row. If you don't have the required skills to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to ask a skilled friend to give you a hand.

Always align the components at both ends before drilling pilot holes and inserting the screws. Add glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure that will support your weight. Check if the corners are right-angled by using a carpentry square for each angle.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

How to build a wooden picnic table

If you have a large garden and you like to take dinner and make barbeques, you should pay attention to this article. Read all the instructions and take a look over the rest of the projects, if you want to learn how to build a picnic table. Select the umber with great care for the wooden project (pressure treated lumber, pine, cedar), making sure the boards are perfectly straight and are in a good condition.

How to build a wooden picnic table

The easiest way to build a picnic table in your yard is to use wooden slats. Therefore, as you can notice in the image, you have to make several components and to lock them together with galvanized screws.

Always pre-drill the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
In addition, we recommend you to enhance the rigidity of the table by adding waterproof glue to the joints.

Make sure you leave 1/4" between the slats in order to enhance the water drainage. Moreover, countersink the head of the screws, if you want to get a professional appearance. Using braces will reinforce the frame of the table, so make sure you don't overlook this step.

Building a picnic table

It is essential to use detailed picnic table plans free, especially if you don't have a rich experience in woodworking. From our own expertise, any person with basic skills can build a picnic table in just a few hours, but you need to pay attention to our tips.

There are many designs you could choose when building a picnic table, so make sure you take a look over the rest of the projects, as well. Last but not least, round the exposed edges with a router and a 1/4" bit and sand the wooden surface, before applying the coats of paint.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Outdoor Pergola Plans

An outdoor pergola is a beautiful construction that adds value to any garden, provided you choose the right plans for your needs, tastes and budget. In addition, you have to select the lumber with great care (wood designed for outdoor use, such as: pressure-treated, redwood, cedar, pine). In addition, a diy project would keep the costs under control and help you build a beautiful pergola at decent costs.

Just plan every step with great care and use the right woodworking techniques, in order to obtain a professional result. Study the local building codes before starting the project, to comply with the legal requirements.

Choose Proper Plans
The first step of the process is to choose the right plans for your needs and budget, therefore you should take into account several aspects before taking the final decision. On one hand, you could build a pergola attached to your house or you could build a patio pergola. Irrespective of your choice, you should search on the internet pergola plans, which are either free or come in exchange of a small fee.

Ensure the plans come with a complete list of components and tools needed to get the job done like a pro. Therefore, we recommend you to verify if the plans provide the dimensions, size and shape of the wooden components. Another aspect that you should take into account before selecting the plans, is that your outdoor pergola should be large enough to cover a table and several chairs. In this manner, there would be enough space to take dinner with your family and friends, or to build an outdoor kitchen, next to the pergola.

Choose the Location
As we have already said, the location of your pergola can enhance its look or decrease the dramatic effect of your backyard. Therefore, you should make sure the pergola is placed in your backyard and it's surrounded by flowers and grass. Nonetheless, the outdoor pergola has to be close to your house, if you want to take dinner in your backyard regularly. A proper location means that you should consult the local building codes to ensure you comply with the local building regulations. In addition, the ground has to be perfectly horizontal and the soil structure should have a good drainage.
If you work with great care and pay attention both to our plans and to the legal requirements, you will build a beautiful pergola, at just a fraction of the usual cost. Therefore, choosing the right location and a good planning would ease the building process, even if you are not a qualified professional.

Building the Pergola
The construction process of the pergola is a straight forward process and requires just coordination and several basic woodworking techniques. First you should anchor the the 4x4 wooden posts to the concrete footings. Therefore, several dig 1-2 feet holes, pour concrete in the tube forms and install metal anchor, before the concrete dries out. Let the concrete dry out for 72 hours and attach the posts, making sure they are plumb.

Next, installing the 2x6 support beams at the top of the wooden posts. Just pre-drill several holes in the beams and insert carriage bolts, in order to secure the components into place. Afterwards, build the crossbeams, by cutting several notches in the 2x4s, and install them perfectly over the support elements at both ends. Last but not least, drive in screws trough the top of the shade elements, directly in the support beams. Don forget that the shade elements have to be equally spaced (place them every 10-20'').

There are many pergola designs and ideas to choose from, but you should choose the free pergolas plans that fit your needs.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Picnic table designs

When building a wooden picnic table, one of the greatest challenges is to choose a design that fits your needs and budget. As you will see in this project, there are several designs you can choose from, starting with simple ones up to complex plans.

1. Basic picnic table design

As you can see in the image, any person can get the job done. Taking into account the basic structure, you can build the table with benches in just one weekend. Usually these tables are 72" wide, but you could adjust it as to fit your needs.

2. Common picnic table plans

This design is a variation of the previous one. As 6 lumber. The slats should overhang about 5" on both sides of table, in order to enhance the look of the project.

3. Round picnic table with umbrella

If the previous picnic table designs are too common for your tastes or you just want something unique that will impress the loved ones, this project might be the solution to your needs.

4. Octagon picnic table

The last design we will show you is about a complex octagon table. Nevertheless, you can see for yourself that this picnic table looks amazing and it fits almost garden landscaping. Just imagine yourself taking dinner with your friends one this picnic table.

Now that you know what design fits you needs, all you have to do is to buy the materials and start the construction project. See a step by step projects and free picnic table plans in the rest of the articles on this site.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Picnic Table Plans

If you have a large backyard and you want to hang out with your family and friend every weekend, we recommend you to build a brick barbeque and a shaded area (gazebo, pavilion or pergola)/. In addition, if you like to take the dinner surrounded by grass and trees, we recommend you to consider building a wooden picnic table. These tables are easy to build and also can be adjusted as to suit your needs. On one hand, you could make the simple A-frame tables or you could try something new and unique, such as an octagon table.

If you want to keep the costs under control we recommend you to use pressure-treated lumber, although the end result might not be as spectacular as you might imagine. If you want to get a decent appearance, we recommend you to invest in redwood, cedar or pine.

Always take accurate measurements before making the cuts with a good saw. Align the components at both ends and drill pilot holes, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Work with attention and with great care and adjust the design to your needs.

Always choose the right plans before building the picnic table, making sure they are detailed and come with step by step instructions. You can see a snapshot of a detailed project. Click here to see the rest of the instructions.

Alternatively, you could also select octagon picnic table plans, if you want to create an unique structure for your backyard. Although this requires a higher investment and more carpentry skills, it will most likely impress the loved ones and liven up the look of your backyard.