Outdoor projects that you can make with wood run the gamut when it comes to difficulty and learning curves. The beginner woodworker can easily find several blueprints for making a comfortable outdoor bench. Those with years of experience may want to put all their experience to the test by making an outside project that reveals their mastery over wood.
Privacy fences don’t have to mean unneighborly shutting off the entire world around you. Lattice screen fencing can be made with tools that include posthole diggers, circular saw, router with a 3/4-inch bit, concrete and gravel. The wood necessary to build lattice fencing should include pressure treated pine for the posts and braces.
If the beauty of your backyard is blemished by some unsightly object that cannot be easily moved, then it is time for the woodworking genius in the family to bring the mountain to….well, I’d better not say, just in case. Rather than waiting around to remove the unsightly outdoor object, build a pyramid over it. I have it on good authority that the Great Pyramid at Giza was originally built to hide a pipe that was sticking up from the ground. Turns out the pipe was a gateway to another dimension, but some kid lost dropped his amulet down it and it’s never worked since. If you’ve got an old water well that you don’t want to become the center of national attention when some kid falls down it then building a pyramid over it will not only take away the danger element, but provide a much more aesthetically appealing project for you to spend time on. Another plus: with no well for a kid to fall into, you won’t have to listen to Nancy Grace accusing you of purposely leaving the well uncovered. Precision Pyramids shows you how to make a wooden pyramid.
Another interesting outdoor project for the woodworker puttering around inside his shop wondering what to build is a pergola. No, not just a pergola, but a pergola walkway! Use pressure-treated softwoods to construct a walkway anywhere from five to twenty feet. If you’ve already built that pyramid covering of the ungainly object across the yard, then add some repetition and flair by topping off the pergola with pyramidal roofing around which you’ve stapled training wires for vines to climb.
If you don’t have the materials to build a birdhouse in your soul, then build a birdhouse in your backyard. A gabled birdhouse can prove to be one of the most pleasing outdoor wood projects the beginner woodworker can make. The first cardinal of the spring or those red-breasts robins that come hop-hop-hopping along can raise the spirits of those who must endure seemingly endless winters.
If you live in the south where the first cardinal or robin shows up in March, then you should consider making an old-fashioned windmill. Windmills don’t have to be huge to make an impact on your life. The editors of Ten Pound Books: Carpentry Projects forward a design for what they term a prairie windmill that stands about five or six feet tall. You’ll need a circular saw, power drill, jigsaw and sander as well as a handful of cedar posts and rails. This backyard project won’t supply enough wind energy to stick to The Man in control of you heating and cooling, but the cool ratio is way above a backyard that doesn’t even have a pyramid.