Now time for Phase 3 – to fill the beds with dirt so Pam can begin to integrate her plants. As you can see, Pam has lots to choose from. However, a softball injury knocked me out of commission for weeks. Thank God for good neighbors! Walt offered to pick up a truck load of compost and fill the bed for Pam. A few days later, on Pam’s day off, she and her friend Charlene began sorting and planting. The timing for this project worked out great as it is now ready fo...
So I was just reviewing my little world here at Lumber Jocks only to see that I’ve not added the next phases of this blog. I actually found the write up I created two years ago still on my computer for this phase and phase 3 – tough getting old. The things we forget. Phase 2 of the Patio was to bring in blocks to form the floor, Pam chose 16X16 patio blocks. This was by far the most aggravating phase of the project. I talked to people, read up a little and watched some videos on ...
I started a new project today. I’m building two large patio planter boxes. The final dimensions should be close to 41” long x 24” wide x 20” high. I’m working from Woodsmith’s Outdoor Woodworking book. Here’s a link to their website: http://woodsmithstore.com/w1021.html There were a lot of cuts to make for this build. The diagrams for this project are pretty detailed and that’s a good thing because there is no cut list provided....
It took me nine days from start to finish, but I’m finally done with my Adirondack Patio Set. I am really tired of painting too! The chairs are sitting by the pool where they and I will be spending Memorial Day. Hunter and Huckleberry, my English Springer Spaniels, approve. Can anyone tell me if there is a way to format my photos so the right 1/3 of the picture doesn’t get cut off when I link them in my blog? If not, I guess I’ll have to make sure all the im...
I spent today assembling two chairs and the settee from the parts that I had cut yesterday. I was really in the grove today. Even more neighbors stopped by to check out the chairs. One of them asked so many questions, that I suspect he is on the board of my HOA and was trying to find out if I was operating a furniture building business out of my garage. I’m really happy with how chair #2 & #3 turned out. They are so identical, that even I have a hard time telling which one I ...
I’m pretty psyched about this chair. I was able to get it completely assembled and I even filled all the exposed screw holes tonight. I’ll be ready to prime and paint after a quick touch up with the sander first thing in the morning. I can’t wait to be sitting in this chair by my pool tomorrow evening. Here’s a view from the rear showing those beefy 2×8 legs. I think the arched back looks great. I’m a pro with the jigsaw after this build. Now ...
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...
Pam has lots of ideas of how she’d like to transform the yard. Thankfully she’s willing to do this a little at a time. This year (2011) she felt that we could take some time and money to create a little patio area. The area where she wants to build this is where she has been storing loads of plants. It’s a great little area that backs up to our neighbor’s fence, plus their oak provides lots of shade – a wonderful commodity here in Florida. So Phase 1 was to clear the area and built the...
I started this project a while ago, but because of work haven’t had much time to work on it. By the time I’m done, it should be just in time to put it up for the winter! Oh well. This is my first project entirely done with hand tools. This is the top, 20” square and 1 3/8” thick. The legs are 4×4’s but planed down to a little less than 3.5” I’m not sure if these M&T joints have an official name, but they’re more li...
My father made the flooring of the patio at our house, and we decided to construct a roof for it.This is what we have built so far: the main frame structure Thanks for reading and watching! I’m going to post more images as we get closer to finishing the project.
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