by John Kelsey
Outdoor furniture has to be designed, first and foremost, to withstand its toughest enemy - the elements. Woodworkers have to allow for the fact that the pieces will occasionally be drenched in water, dried by the wind, and baked by the sun. With appropriate materials, design, joinery, and hardware, pieces can be built that will be as durable and long lasting as any kitchen side chair or bedroom armoire.
Step-by-step instructions, accompanied by crisp drawings detailing every piece of the project and how it all goes together, will guide woodworkers in building from the plans as well as developing their skill at designing outdoor furniture projects of their own.
As part of the Built to Last Project Series, Outdoor Furniture delves into this sturdy style with 12 projects such as: