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Backyard Building Projects (Weekend Workshop Collection)

A collection of projects for DIY enthusiasts at all skill levels. Complete designs, step-by-step instructions and construction photographs describe projects for making gazeboes and sheds, cooking and dining furniture, deck and porch furniture, planters and wildlife feeders and shelters.

Series: Weekend Workshop Collection

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Tab Books (May 1993)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0830621148

ISBN-13: 978-0830621149

Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #228 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Garden Furnishings #2983 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > How-to & Home Improvements > Woodworking > Projects #7802 in Books > Arts & Photography > Architecture > Buildings

First let me say I'm in NO WAY a woodworker- not even close. My wife wanted some outdoor wood furniture so we started shopping around BUT everything is either VERY expensive, or so cheaply made that there is no way it will hold up to winters here in the Northeast. So she talked me into building some. We originally got this book out of the library and really liked the interesting, somewhat retro, designs. I was thrilled to find a hardcopy used one here so i snatched it up right away. The book gives a good materials list BUT only gives linear measurements (i.e. 50 linear feet of 2x4) Well I'm not real good with figuring out effecient cutting plans so I did waste too much material (I always seemed to be short 1 8" 2x4!) The drawings are also somewhat confusing at first. After using the book for awhile I started to get the hang of how the author laid things out- but a more detailed diagram (especially for board spacing and placement) would have saved me a few mistakes (I had to extrapolate some measurements based on the overall length of the supports minus the panel lengths to figure out how to assemble the entire thing). The author does give some good insight on how the make cuts, and what tools can be used. The author likes to tell stories of how the projects came to light (interesting), but then tends to get a bit bogged down in things like insect damage. I did give this 4 stars because the projects CAN be completed and they turn out really nice.

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