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Outdoor & Patio Projects

For Patios, Decks, and Gardens

Patio Planter
Planter Box

Patio Planter

This outdoor project will throw you some fun curves in the shop. Once the planter is complete, it’s the perfect choice for showing off your gardening prowess.

Old Plane Birdhouse
Bird Houses & Feeders

Old Plane Birdhouse

Here’s a clever birdhouse design based on a 14” jackplane.

Norm Abram's Adirondack Chair
Patio Furniture

Norm Abram's Adirondack Chair

Former Popular Woodworking editor Steve Shanesy builds an Adirondack chair with Norm Abram in the New Yankee Workshop.

Japanese Garden Bench
Patio Furniture

Japanese Garden Bench

Building this garden bench could not be any easier. The only materials you will need are a few screws and some 2 x 4s.

Seedling Shelter
Garden & Yard

Seedling Shelter

Build this mini-greenhouse to get a head start on the growing season.

All-Weather Morris Chair
Patio Furniture

All-Weather Morris Chair

A Morris chair is a comfortable piece of furniture, but not something you want to expose to the weather. Well, this Morris chair is designed to withstand the elements.

Garden Storage Bench
Patio Furniture

Garden Storage Bench

Add a place to sit and storage for all your garden tools with this durable redwood bench.

Butterfly Lighthouse
Bird Houses & Feeders

Butterfly Lighthouse

Assemble this easy-to-make butterfly house in an afternoon.

Pygmynuhatch Pipe Birdhouse
Bird Houses & Feeders

Pygmynuhatch Pipe Birdhouse

There's nothing small about this unique idea for a birdhouse using PVC pipe and a couple pieces of wood.

Purple Martin Rowhouses Birdhouse
Bird Houses & Feeders

Purple Martin Rowhouses Birdhouse

Martins will love this dwelling.

Mourning Dove Nesting Box
Bird Houses & Feeders

Mourning Dove Nesting Box

Protect these gentle birds from the elements with this spacious birdhouse that can be made in 3 steps and painted "dove gray" (of course).

Modern Martin Birdhouse
Bird Houses & Feeders

Modern Martin Birdhouse

This birdhouse is for purple martins who prefer a single-family dwelling (as opposed to living in the purple martin condo birdhouse).