Many people use their outdoor spaces for lounging and enjoying barbecues with family and friends. Summer provides an opportunity for homeowners to display what they have been working so hard for: not their gardens or new decks but outdoor furniture. The local discount store might offer different varieties of tables and chairs for outdoor spaces. However, nothing can be more rewarding than creating your own pieces from scratch.

Making outdoor furniture takes time. Do not expect to start on a Saturday and finish all the work on Sunday for your Sunday barbecue. The time and effort, however, is rewarding and you feel a great sense of achievement when you sit outside in your own creations. Keep in mind this is not about building a huge and wonderful loghouse but adding furniture and accessories to your terrace or backyard to enjoy them in a different way, as you exctly always liked. Or to enjoy them twice.

Outdoor furniture

Why Build Instead of Buy?

It is easier to obtain furniture from your nearest furniture store than to hole up in your garage on weekends leading up to the summer. So, why not just use your credit card and it is all good?

You will spend more money shopping for your outdoor furniture than building your own. All you pay for when building your own outdoor furniture is the materials. You can alter designs to fit your tastes and needs. When you build, you add your own creativity to the product making it uniquely your own.

Building your own outdoor furniture means you do not have to settle for models you see in every other backyard. Instead, you can create designs that reflect beauty, elegance and individuality to complement your deck, patio or garden.

There are different types of table and chair designs that vary from contemporary designs with metal and wood to English garden styles and live edge plank benches and tables. The biggest benefit of building your own outdoor furniture is that it is all about you.

Tools

Building furniture is a large undertaking. Making quality furniture will save you money in the long run and allow you to create pieces that reflect your taste and personality. However, you must have the right tools and the patience to complete each project.

Many furniture makers do not recommend trial and error. You should not just jump in and learn as you go. You need tools safety equipment that may cost you thousands of Euros to acquire. Some of the basic tools you require include: a jointer, table saw, planer, band saw, router, chop saw, sanding supplies, compressor, clamps, finishing supplies, chisels, hammers, drills and hand saws.

Many contractors recommend using construction adhesives. Tack different furniture pieces with 15-gauge finish nailers loaded with stainless steel nails. The wood pieces should be nailed together and the nails should countersink and disappear.

Use small compressors and finish nailers because they are faster and more efficient. It is also important to ensure you have adequate space in your store or workshop for all the things you want and need. The more you learn about furniture making, the more diversified your tool sets will be for different applications.

Materials

Some of the best woods for outdoor furniture include cedar and mahogany. These woods’ natural resins are water resistant. However, some hardwoods require stainless steel fasteners because the woods’ properties may eat away at standard nails and screws.

Pine works fine and is less expensive, but not the best option for making outdoor furniture because it is porous, less dense, and susceptible to the elements. It also requires maintenance to keep up with the finish over time. Another suitable option for outdoor furniture is Brazilian Walnut. This type of wood is also known as Ipe or “Ironwood” because it wears like Iron.

Creating quality outdoor furniture requires a little ingenuity and planning. You do not have to buy outdoor furniture; you can create useful, enjoyable and durable furniture pieces with the right tools and creativity levels.

Steven Mosier is a DIY enthusiast who works for FR Cathcart in Northern Ireland. They believe that upcycling and home improvement is usually preferable to buying new.