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Wooden Projects For Outdoor Living

Wooden Projects For Outdoor Living
by John Marckworth

Popular Woodworking Books: 2006
Paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-772-7

     Many woodworkers are also gardeners, or have a spouse continually requesting yard projects. Mr. Marckworth has done so many yard projects for this book, he had to apologize for not mowing the lawn for photographs. He also wants to go on record as not being a barbecue fanatic. The lighted, covered barbecue station he features though, is a beautiful result of too many dark nights barbecueing under an umbrella while wearing a headlamp, so I have my doubts.
     The book discusses eight outdoor projects, with cut lists and well illustrated diagrams showing joinery and dimensions. A double fan-back Adirondack loveseat, bench seats with a table, a wooden walkway, a tool shed, potting bench, garden fence with door, and a trellis with paving stones make up the list. The author includes clear photos of procedures and tech tips to help avoid problems. He describes his own design decisions with encouragement for alterations.
     Directions are complete enough that an intermediate woodworker could do a good job with secure foundations, construction and roofing of these structures. They are all built to deal with weather and durability considerations. All are finely built, quality projects that would be home improvement in the truest sense of the words.

. . . Barb Siddiqui