PARKERSBURG, W.Va., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MS -- It's time to think about the "lazy days of summer" and create a comfortable, attractive outdoor living area that reflects your family's lifestyle. Consider decor featuring wood furniture that you build yourself, using advice and products from Woodcraft. Or, if you already have wood furniture, let Woodcraft help you give it a new look — maybe distressed or antiqued or a brand-new color.
Woodcraft offers nearly three dozen building plans for the popular Adirondack chair in several individual styles, as well as a rocker, loveseat, folding, chaise lounge, and child size. Adirondack chair templates are also available. Picnic table-bench combo plans include traditional and octagonal versions, while bench plans feature seats with and without backs/arms in various styles. Other plans include porch swings, gliders, a tree seat, garden trellises, birdhouses, and a camp kitchen.
Tools & Products to Build (Or Repair)
Once you have selected your wood, something rot-resistant like cypress, cedar, locust or white oak, the Bosch Barrel Grip Jigsaw, with a tool-less blade-change system, will make cutting chores easy.
To join the furniture pieces, Kreg Jig HD Starter Kit will do the job using pocket-hole joinery. The Kreg Jig® HD is made to work with 1-1/2" and thicker material to build outdoor furniture, fences, trellises, and more. Kreg Jig® HD Screws are #14 hardened-steel screws with a Protec-Kote™ finish that has three anti-corrosion layers.
Other tools, supplies and hardware that come in handy on furniture projects include:
- Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue for interior and exterior use is waterproof (not for underwater use), cleans up with water, has an eight-minute open assembly time, and offers an application temperature as low as 47°F.
- The new Festool TXS Compact Drill Driver Set is lightweight but powerful and can reach tight spots easily.
- The lightweight, compact Grex GC1850 Cordless 2", 18-gauge Brad Nailer features an all-metal robust construction.
- Combo Adjustable Adirondack Chair Hardware works for the complementary Adirondack Plan Value Pack that includes three furniture plans.
- HIGHPOINT XT Square Drive Woodworking Screws, Flathead, 100-piece packs offer almost twice the torque values of other screws.
Selecting a finish offers the opportunity to customize furniture for your family's tastes and lifestyle. Color and special effects options are the "tools" for this creative endeavor.
- Blue Bear Paint and Urethane Stripper (Soy Gel) is a good choice to remove finish when refinishing furniture.
- General Finishes Milk Paint is for use indoors or outdoors, and the 28 premixed colors can be mixed, lightened, glazed, layered, antiqued or distressed.
- General Finishes Outdoor Oil Finish is ideal for exterior weather conditions and may be used over other brands of exterior oil stain or exterior clear oil finishes for additional protection.
- WoodRiver Pure Tung Oil provides a natural, long-lasting finish.
- General Finishes 450 Varnish in Satin minimizes fading and retards mold and fungus growth.