My old patio set has seen better days. It was a pretty inexpensive set that I picked up when we lived in Phoenix fourteen years ago, so I guess I got my money’s worth out of it. Anything that last fourteen years in the Phoenix and Las Vegas sun is pretty amazing. :) I looked into the cost of replacing the slings on four chairs and a chaise lounge and I’m not sure it’s worth doing. Since I have the time and the tools, this is the perfect opportunity to take a crack at bu...
I have an outdoor bench with oak seat boards that need a good finish for the outdoor environment. I had finished them with 3 coats of Minwax Indoor/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane. This lasted just about 1 year before it starting flaking. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
The first thing in creating is imagining. The best way for me to develeop my design floating in my head is to create a 3D model of it on the computer, so I made one in Google SketchUp, which can be viewed and downloaded also. Here is a perspective view of it: Those triangle shaped things between the top and the seat are the boundaries of the chains the seat will be hanging on. The large grid-looking thing represents the rope net for the kids to climb on. The detailed plan for ...
I have three 4×4’s that after much sanding and steel wool applications have been treated to a bath in teak oil. Color me suprised with the outcome. This outdoor project was worth the 2 year wait. I now will use my new plunge Craftsman router to make room for black tubing to add pizzazz to some climbing roses. I had no idea how the teak oil was going to “shine” my redwood. Wow. Color me impressed. Pictures will definitely follow.
When my wife and I relocated from Southern Ontario to the West Coast of British Columbia, we (by-and-large) left cold and snowy winters behind us. While it was easy to adjust to a more temperate, albeit wetter, climate, the occasional coastal windstorm (with winds up to 100 km’s/hour or 60 mph) can easily disrupt your hydro / power supply. Even though the power lines in our area are all underground, we are “fed” from areas where the power lines are above ground. Trees / l...
So the wife demands gates for our new home, and being a 7 year marriage veteran, I knew this to be my opportunity to purchase some cool toys and get my hands into this exotic world of carpentry. Unfortunately, I only have the slightest of ideas on the intricacies of building with wood. But as luck would have it, I know how to find the answers I need. And so began my quest, which after stressing friendships, watching videos, reading magazines and lurking forums, leads to where we are today....
Finally finished! It has been a long 3.5 days on this one. Glad to be done
Gorilla Glue has challenged LumberJocks to build anything for enjoying the great outdoors using just two materials (wood and any other material of your choice) plus any gorilla glue product. And now you can admire 17 beautiful entries as a result of this challenge. As mentioned in my Challenge announcement, it’s time to announce 16 random winners of cool prize packages by Gorilla Glue: Grand Prize consists of $200 plus 1 of each Gorilla Glue’s products and a Gorilla Glue t-s...
LumberJocks, can you get tough? LumberJocks.com is proudly hosting the Gorilla Glue Challenge. This is a fun and creative event for all woodworkers, but be careful; this may be a sticky challenge! Bond with your wood and the great outdoors while competing in this challenge to win some great Gorilla Glue products. Gorilla Glue is challenging you to build anything for enjoying the great outdoors. You must use two materials, one must be wood and any other material of your choice. You m...
For my son’s fifth birthday, my wife and I decided to check into an outdoor structure for him to play on. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about this; I didn’t have one growing up, there are nice parks within a 15 minute drive, and he’s an only child at this point. On the other hand, I would love to build this for my son. There are plenty more pros and cons to weigh, but this story is more about the fact that we have…more or less…decided to build. Th...
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