Create an Efficient, Inviting Outdoor Living EnvironmentComments (0)
Be ready to enjoy the warm days of spring and summer with an “updated” outdoor dining/living/garden area that is welcoming and efficient. Woodcraft has the tools and supplies you will need, along with helpful advice at your local store and free how-to articles on Woodcraft.com.
Streamline your dining by
building mobile carts to transport food for prep and for serving. Add a butcher
block top to the food prep cart and storage drawers to both, and improve the
efficiency and pleasure of your dining experience.
Tools, Supplies and How-Tos
“Make anywhere your workspace with the Kreg Mobile Project Center,” Woodcraft senior product manager Peter Collins said. “It’s a portable workbench, sawhorse, assembly table, and clamping station all in one that provides a versatile work space for DIY, repair, and woodworking projects.” The large 27-3⁄4" x 31-1⁄2" polypropylene work surface supports a 350-lb. load capacity, and two centers can be connected to double the work area. Collins also suggested adding the new Kreg In-line Bench Clamp and Bench Clamp System for Dog Holes to make almost every clamping task possible.
to see Building Plans for Outdoor Furniture, as well as Adirondack
chair templates. Woodcraft.com also offers a large number of how-to articles such as “Laid
Back in a Classic Adirondack” that shows how to build with Adirondack chair templates.
“WoodSense: Spotlight on Outdoor Projects” describes woods that work well
For building projects, the Freeman 1-1/4" 18-Gauge Brad Nailer is a professional quality, innovative home improvement tool that is great for furniture. Its oil-free operation requires no regular maintenance and eliminates the risk of stains on project surfaces. If your joinery choice requires screws, the Groz Insta Drive Screwdriver features a patented retractable, rotating bit cartridge that makes it easy to find, store and change driver bits.
For hauling lumber or other large items to your project site, use the Xstrap Heavy Duty Ratchet Tie Down to hold up to 1,000 pounds in place on a truck bed.
To finish new furniture or recolor existing pieces – and brighten your outdoor landscape – choose one of the 28 premixed General Finishes Milk Paint colors that can be mixed lightened, glazed, layered, antiqued, or distressed. Other good choices for outdoor surfaces are: General Finishes Outdoor Oil Finish (use over exterior oil stain or exterior clear oil finishes for additional protection) and General Finishes 450 Varnish (minimizes fading, retards mold and fungus growth).
For painting guidance, watch “Hand Applied Milk Paint from General Finishes at Woodcraft” and read “Create a Milk Paint Masterpiece” on Woodcraft.com.
HOMERIGHT’s Finish Max HVLP Sprayer will spray most solvent (except lacquer and conversion varnish) or water-based products – latex paint, milk paint, chalk paint, furniture paint, stains and finishes. It’s easy to set up, use and clean. For painting furniture, consider using the HOMERIGHT Large Spray Shelter or for smaller accessories, the Small Spray Shelter.
For furniture that needs some TLC, read “Restoring Outdoor Projects” on Woodcraft.com to learn how to determine what needs to be deep cleaned, repaired, rebuilt and repainted. Handy helpers for the TLC process include Blue Bear Paint and Urethane Stripper, Krud Kutter No-Rinse Prepaint Cleaner, Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, SculpWood Putty, and Briwax ChaiRX.
Waterproof, yet cleans up with water
Moldable, carvable, sandable 2-part epoxy putty for replacement of damaged wood
Like first aid for loose chair joints and easy to use
Custom Garden & Game Projects
Turn a unique transplanter, cultivator and weeder with the three-piece WoodRiver Garden Tool Turning Kit constructed of durable, cast aluminum. Turning blanks for the handle, sold separately, may be wood, acrylic or other man-made material. Build a wooden croquet set with help from “Picnic Perfect Croquet Set” in Issue 65 of Woodcraft Magazine. Subscribers can download the article free, or the issue can be purchased at Woodcraft.com.
To learn more about these and other products, visit your local Woodcraft store, call (800) 535-4482 or visit www.Woodcraft.com.
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