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DIY Garden Swing Plans

If you have a garden then it is your responsibility to add new projects, so that you can keep up with the changes. If you have a car, then a carport should be high on your list, if you have kids, then you should consider building a nice sandbox with cover, if you have a dog then you must build a large shelter for it, and the list can go on and on and on… But when was the last time you have though about you and your need? I can feel it was so long ago… 

That is why, I want to give you a few easy tips on how to improve the look of your backyard with minimal costs. Check out these diy garden plans at this awesome resource. However, these changes will have a big impact on your life so pay attention on what I have to say. You have nothing to lose, so you better grab a cup of coffee and keep reading. Not while ago I was in the same place as you: unmotivated and tired of all the hassle of owning a house… until I decided to erase the bad memories and focus on the present.

A new work opened to me… a word full of opportunities, a word where the main verb is I CAN and not I WISH. I started woodworking and after learning the main skills, which took me just a few weeks, I was mesmerized with all the freedom I had. So many possibilities and all it takes is lumber and a few basic power tools. Little by little I changed my backyard and that lead to me changing myself, for the better.

Building-a-porch-swingOne of the most amazing projects that you can possibly build in your yard is a garden swing. Now, don’t run away scared and pay attention to what I have to say for a little. A swing is so easy to build, that you would literally start crying thinking about all the amazing memories you lost in its absence.

Luckily I have lots of plans and tips for you. I started with a piece of paper and I built my way through the light, to happiness and well being. I am not overreacting, I am completely honest with you: building a garden swing is the best thing could happen to you, so take up the plunge and fight for your dream. Do not stop until you get there!

 

 

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If you want to add value to your garden, we recommend you to take a look over these amazing projects that could be built by anyone with basic woodworking skills. The most important aspect is to plan everything with attention and to take your time when building something durable. Work with good judgement and invest in high-quality materials, as to get a professional result and to prevent the wood from splitting.

Bird feeder plans

Bird feeder plans

See here more plans and information about building garden projects: https://freeoutdoorplans.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/24/ For example you could build a nice birdhouse or birdfeeder, if you want to attract the singing birds to your home or you want to watch them from your cozy house every morning. Make sure you adjust the birdfeeder to the size of the birds you are trying to attract, otherwise the end result won’t suit your needs.

Alternatively, you could build a nice birdhouse, as it doesn’t require an extensive expertise nor complex woodworking skills. Make the roof of the birdfeer in a V-shaped manner, as to add value to the project.

Exotic garden

Exotic garden

If you have a small garden it doesn’t mean that you couldn’t have a nice place for retreat during the hot summer days. As you can easily see in the diagram, you could build a two-tier exotic garden.

If you plan everything thoroughly you could keep the costs under control and get a neat appearance. Plant several trees and create a nice patio where you could place a table or a bench. Level the ground attentively and seed grass to crate a nice contrast between the grass and the trees.

 

Building a side table

Side table plans

If you want to build something really easy with your own hands and not spend a fortune on the materials, we recommend you to consider building a really nice side table. As a woodworking project, this example is perfect for beginners, as it requires basic woodworking skills and common household tools. Don’t forget that you should ask a skilled friend to give you a hand when building the side table, especially if this is the first venture of this kind. Select the materials with great care, making sure they are in a good condition and perfectly straight.

Don’t forget to drill pocket holes through the components when you want to join them, as this will create nice and durable joints, as well as a nice effect. Work with attention and apply a couple of paint coats over the components, in order to protect them from bad weather and to enhance the look of the side table.

Building a side table

 

If you want to learn a lot more about building a side table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the following article. There are so many things that you could build for your home or garden, that you could not even know what to begin with. If you really want to score points when building something out of wood, we recommend you to build this nice side table or any other project that is featured on our website.

 

This woodworking project is a wonderful opportunity to use your creativity and to build something out of scratch. Work with attention and always plan the steps of the project from the very beginning. Check if the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws. In addition, we recommend you to add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the side table.

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Backyard Plans

If you are eager to enhance the look of your backyard and to make more cozy, we recommend you to take a look over the following options. There are tons of projects that you could choose from, but your should make a short list, according to your budget, space and skills. The options are virtually endless, starting with garden benches, carports up to swings and pergolas.

If you are aware of the basic woodworking techniques you can spend quality time while doing something your like and save a small fortune on labor. The essential aspect of any backyard project is to check the local building codes and to select professional plans. All the plans should come with detailed instructions and provide a list with all the materials needed for the job. In addition, buying quality lumber is costly but the investment will pay off on the long run, as you will enjoy the construction for a longer period of time.

 

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Swing

Swing

The first project we are going to talk about is a beautiful arbor bench. As you can see in the backyard plans, an arbor will enhance the look of any property, as it combines its exquisite look with the convenience of an outdoor bench. If you like climbing plans, you could also create a small roof for the bench and make a small shaded area.

As in the case of any carpentry project, we recommend you to study the alternatives and to choose free pergola plans that really suits your needs. Take into account that some plans are complex and require professional work, so choose something that can be done by an amateur builder. Use a spirit level to check if the posts are plumb and the rafters are horizontal.

 

Carport Projects

Carport Projects

A free standing carport is a cheap way of protecting your car from bad weather. If you select the right plans for your needs (gable roof, lean to roof, single car, double car) and choose a proper location for the carport, you can build the carport in just a few weekends. Make sure you comply with the local building codes, as there are a few requirements that you have to take into account.

Set the posts in concrete for at least 3′ if you want to create a rigid structure that will support the roof. Once again we cannot emphasize enough on the importance of choosing quality lean to carport plans. Moreover, using durable materials is equally important, even though it will increase a little the total costs.

 

Build a covered raised bed

Backyard Project Ideas

Any backyards needs several things to be really useful and to create value to your life. On one hand you need to build several pieces of furniture, as any yard needs a recreation corner. There are many woodworking projects you could choose form, starting with tables, benches or even pergolas. On the other hand, growing legumes by yourself in you own garden is a good thing, as it will give you the opportunity to have a healthy diet.

Build a covered raised bed

Build a covered raised bed

A raised garden bed is a simple wooden construction, as you can easily notice in the image. In order to get the job done, we recommend you to start by choosing a proper location that gets at least 8 hours of full light every single day. Place a spirit level on the sides of the garden bed, to make sure they are horizontal. In addition, invest in quality lumber, as the structure will be exposed to moisture and water. See here more information and a step by step tutorial.

Picnic table

Picnic table

A picnic bench is a rustic project that can be done by any person with basic skills in the field. Always work with attention and plan the project to the littlest detail, if you want to keep the costs under control.

As you can see in the image, a picnic table requires a basic wooden structure. Follow these plans if you want to get a professional result and to keep the costs as low as possible. Work with attention and with great care, making sure you ask a skilled friend to assist you during the construction project.

Outdoor plans free

Free Outdoor Plans

If you are a skilled woodworker or you want to save some money while having fun, you should consider building several simple projects. Nevertheless, you need to assess you budget and your skills before starting the actual project, as there are so many potential projects that you could start, that you should really choose the ones that will add value to your property and improve your lifestyle. In this projects we show you a small variety of outdoor plans free, that don’t require professional tools nor a significant financial effort. Always plan the woodworking project with great care, as to prevent costly mistakes and to get a professional result.

 

Chicken Coop Plans

A frame chicken coop plans

A frame chicken coop plans

As you can see in the image, you could build a small chicken coop, if you want to have fresh eggs every morning. The best part of this project is that it requires basic materials (2×4 lumber, 3/4″ plywood and chicken wire) and average woodworking skills. Choosing A-frame chicken coop plans is a good choice if you are looking for a sturdy and efficient design. Use a spirit level to plumb the frame of the chicken coop when locking the components together with the side braces. The side doors will give you a good access to the nest, as to clean it and to take the eggs every morning. All in all, if you want to grow 2-3 chickens and you need a simple structure, this is the projects that will fit your needs.

 

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Building a raised garden bed

Building a raised garden bed

Another project that will hep you change your lifestyle towards a healthy approach is to build a raised garden bed. As you can easily notice in the image, all you need to do is to make a basic frame, using weather-resistant lumber (cedar, redwood). Dig 1′ deep holes in the soil and lock the frame of the raised bed into place tightly. Use a spirit level to check if the frame is horizontal and if the walls are plumb. Make sure the corners of the raised garden bed are right-angled before attaching the 1×4 trims to the top edges of the raised bed. You could take a look on these raised garden bed plans, in order to see several options.

 

Gazebo Plans Free

Outdoor plans free

Outdoor plans free

Last but not least, you could build a small gazebo, if you want to create a beautiful recreation area in your backyard. There are many options that you could choose from, so we really recommend you to take you time when selecting the free gazebo plans. If you want to keep the costs under control and to get the job done by yourself, a square or even a rectangular shape is the best choice, although an octagonal construction will impress your friends. A regular gazebo contains the following main parts: footings, flooring, roof and railings. Always align the components at both ends before locking the components into place with wood screws, if you want to get a neat appearance and a durable construction.

Diy raised bed plans

Building a lean to greenhouse

This project is about building a lean to greenhouse. If you want grow fresh legumes for your family, then you should know there is only one solution to your need: create a proper environment for the plants. Therefore, we recommend you to build a small raised garden bed or wooden greenhouse  There are many shapes you could choose from, according to your tastes, budget and configuration of your backyard.

If you have a large garden, then you should build a large greenhouse, otherwise you should consider attaching it to your house. There are many lean to greenhouse plans you could choose from, so you should pay attention to all these alternatives. Either you build a lean to greenhouse and place it to a corner of your property or you just attach it to an existing building, there are several things you should consider, if you aim for a professional result.

Building a lean to greenhouse

Diy raised bed plans

Diy raised bed plans

Use 2×4 lumber to build the frame of the greenhouse. Make sure you sue weather-resistant lumber, as they will be in an environment with a lot of moisture. Work with great care and attention and always take accurate measurements, if you want to get a  professional result.

Drill pilot holes trough the plates and insert 3 1/2″ galvanized screws into the studs. Generally speaking, you need to create a simple but rigid structure, similar to the frame of a shed. Place the studs equally spaced, every 24″ on center. Check if the corners are right-angled and place the walls into place.

After plumbing the walls with a spirit level and lock the adjacent walls together, by using wood screws. Cover the hole structure with polyethylene film and install vents between the rafters. If you want to automate the process, we recommend you to automate vent openers. Build a simple door out of 2×2 lumber and fit it inside the opening. Use metal hinges to lock the door to the jambs, after checking if the door opens propel.

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Square Gazebo Plans Free

Gazebo Building Plans

A wooden gazebo will not only enhance the look of your garden but it will also create a beautiful relaxation area. From our experience, building a gazebo by yourself is difficult but not impossible. Generally speaking, if you plan everything from the very beginning and choose the right building plans for your needs, you could get the job done without having to hire a professional.

Nevertheless, there are a few aspects that you should pay attention to, as to prevent costly mistakes and to get a professional result. First of all, there are many legal requirements you have to comply with. Therefore, you should read the local building codes before starting the building project, as there are a lot of useful information, such as the depth of the footings or the materials you shave to use.

 

Gazebo building plans

Square Gazebo Plans FreeAs a personal observation, I can say that a square gazebo building plans requires less time and skills than building a rectangular one. Therefore, if you haven’t done a similar project before and you have a low budge, we strongly recommend you to build a square gazebo. A rectangular gazebo looks more exquisite but it requires a large investment and complex techniques when building the roof.

Lay out the gazebo as a professional, using batter boards and string. In addition, dig 2-3′ holes and secure the posts into concrete. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts, as to get a professional result. Attach the joists into place with metal hangers, as to get rigid joints. Afterwards, attach 2×4 decking slats and secure them to the framing with galvanized screws. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get the job done as a professional.

Building the roof of the gazebo is not difficult, especially if you use the right plans and techniques. Cut all the components at the right size and lock them into place with galvanized screws. Cover the roof with 3/4″ plywood sheets before installing the shingles. Add 1×6 trims to the ends of the rafters, if you want to enhance the look of your woodworking project.

Building railings for your gazebo is not difficult, especially if you want to get the job done as a professional. Secure the cleats between the posts and attach the balusters. Continue the project by attaching the hand rails and by making the exposed edges round.

 

 

For step by step rectangular gazebo plans, click HERE.

 

 

Building the cold frame

Cold frame plans free

If you want to grow your own vegetable and supply your family with fresh vegetables, you should follow this articles and the underlying instruction. Work with attention and plan everything to the littlest detail, if you want to get  a professional result. From our experience, any person with basic woodworking skills can get the job done, if the planning is proper.

Installing the top of the cold frame is not difficult, as all you need to do is to re-use an old window. Check if the window fits on top of the frame and secure it into place with metal hinges. Alternatively you could get the job done, by using 2×2 components and poly-cabonate sheets. If there are gaps between the lid and the cold frame, you should adjust this aspect, otherwise the plants won’t have the right temperature to develop.

 

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Building the cold frame

Building the cold frame

As you can see in the image, you need to start the project by building a simple cold  frame. In order to get the job done, we strongly recommend you to use weather-resistant lumber, such as pine, cedar or redwood. As you can easily notice in the plans, you should cut the both sides of the cold frame at about 30 degrees.

Attach the tongue and groove slats to corner legs. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get the job done as a professional. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the corner posts with 1 1/4″ screws. Building a cold frame is really easy, if the right plans and quality materials are used.

Moreover, you should reinforce the garden cold frame plans, if you choose to build a large structure. Use a good circular saw to get the job done and to make the angle cuts. Apply several coats of exterior paint to the cold frame, in order to protect them from decay and rot. In addition, install a vent opener, if you want to automate the ventilation process.