6 Easy-to-Build Outdoor Projects (with free plans)

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With its longer days and warmer weather, springtime is the right time to start improving your backyard oasis. These YellaWood® projects are easy to build (most are a half-day) and will add beauty and value to your outdoor life.

Garden Bench

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This sturdy garden bench is so simple to build you can have it completed in less than a day – including sanding and finishing. Made entirely from dimensional lumber and with only simple cuts and butt joints, you can build it on Saturday and be enjoying it Sunday morning. Get the plan

Cocktail Table

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Simple joinery, a classic appearance and no visible fasteners are the features of this handy little cocktail table. Easy to build, you could make several of these in one weekend for a complete set to complement your outdoor seating. You can also easily adjust the dimensions and fashion a coffee table or even a picnic table, resulting in an entire suite of outdoor tables. Get the plan

Raised Garden Bed

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Perfect for a patio, deck or yard, you can tend a little patch of vegetables just outside your door. You can also grow herbs or flowers, or you can place them around your home to use as landscape beds. Customize as you like – the concepts and details are the same; the only thing you have to change is the measurements of your side pieces. YellaWood® brand products are treated with a micronized copper wood preservative and are approved for this use. Get the plan

Window Box Planter

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Add a bit of pizzazz to your home's exterior andbrighten your own view from inside the house with this classic window box design. Built to accommodate most common flower and plant containers, you can build several boxes in one day using this simple design – and dress up as many windows as you wish. Get the plan

Planter Box

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Featuring simple joinery reinforced with waterproof glue, exterior grade screws and galvanized finish nails, this planter can be built in a few hours and will provide years of attractive use. The plan can easily be modified and you can build a bigger box to house several plants or customize it to fit a specific space in which you want to place it. Get the plan

Sand Box

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This sand box is as rugged and durable as it is simple to build. Notching the 4 x 4 posts for the side pieces and using 2 x 10 stock for corner braces, this box will handle all the rough and tumble play youngsters can dish out. Heavy duty landscape fabric on the bottom allows water to drain out and keeps grass and weeds from creeping in. Get the plan


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