Wood Projects Anyone Can Do

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You may not consider yourself handy, but even novices can do the woodwork projects that Danny Lipford, contributor and host of "Today's Homeowner," demonstrates on The Early Show.

Here are Lipford's instructions:

Adirondack Chair

You can pay more than $200 for a comfortable Adirondack chair. However, you can build one yourself, using weather-resistant lumber, for about $30.

How to do it:

  • Many plans are available at a home center or even on the Internet. These plans will show you the different pieces that will need to be cut and the simple assembly that is required.
  • Carefully, follow the directions to cut all pieces needed for your chair. It is a good idea to use sandpaper to smooth out rough spots and remover splinters.
  • Assemble as detailed in the plans using high quality exterior glue to ensure its durability.

All you need is:
3 pieces of 1"x8"x8'
2 pieces of 1"x4"x8'
(50) 1 1/2" coated deck screws
Cordless drill
Circular saw
Exterior wood glue
Sand paper

Fan Trellis

A fan trellis can be a great addition to any deck, patio or existing landscaping. The only wood that you need is treated lattice strips.

How to do it:

  • Start by butting 5 strips 84" long. Place the strips on a flat surface, evenly stacking them together. Glue, screw and wrap wire around 8" on one end of the stacked strips. Then cut two pieces from the remaining lattice strip (36" and 24").
  • Equally spread the existing five strips to create a fan shape and nail the 36" strip at the widest point into the edge of each lattice strip to hold its shape.
  • Install the 24" strip at the midway point and nail it in place as well. You are now ready to place the fan trellis in the ground or your favorite planter.
  • Simply add a climbing vine in front of the trellis and attach to encourage upward growth.

Side Table

And you can also make a side table. Even the scrap lumber left over from your projects can be used to construct an attractive small side table.

How to do it:

  • Determine the height that would be ideal for the table, cut all pieces needed, and assemble the pieces using glue and coated deck screws to create your table.
  • Before you know it, you'll be able to surround yourself with your new creations in your outdoor space.

For more information on how to build outdoor furniture and plans, check out the following sites: and