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Hey there! If you are here. it means you new to DIY world and I am here to tell you will do GREAT! Guide on what tools to
build, how to join wood and how to set the basis of a new lucrative hobby!

Projects that are placed outdoor need to be able to withstand moisture. sunlight and changes in temperature and humidity The most exposed to these
conditions are thejoints. the wood and the finish. However. if you select the right type of wood, glue and finish. the project will be ready to stand up any

In addition. there might be some issues regarding the imperial to metric conversion. Take your time before starting the woodworking projects and prepare the
right tools for the job. If you still have doubts regarding the right tools and materials for your outdoor projects, make sure you take a look over the following


First of all, I will start the list with the absolutely basic tools. that are also the cheapest and easiest to use.

Speed Square

This is one of my favorite tools on the workshop. because you need it the most when marking cut lines or you can use it as a guiding fence when making the cuts.
You can hold the speed square tightly on the board and then run a saw along the cut line. In this manner you make sure the cut is perfectly straight. You can also
use this tool to check the corners for squareness. when assembling frames

Tape Measure

The best size for a tape measure when building woodworking projects. is 16 it. This makes the tape measure small enough to hold it into your pocket. but also just
good enough to layout pretty much any cut mark or to layout the build.

Quick Clamps

There are many types of clamps (C~clamps. Quick clamps. Pipe clamps. Picture frame clamps. and so forth). but I personally prefer a quick clamp. A pair of 16′
clamps are very versatile and you can build many different projects using them As you tackle more complex projects. you will need to invest in more clamps of
various sizes.

Drill Bit Set

I use a large set that includes a wide variety of both driver bits and drill bits as well as a selection of accessories to help assist in a number of drilling and fastening
applications. I love that the set comes with a screwdriver, so you can faster screws manually when needed. Everything is properly organized and you can carry it
with you if you need to work outside the shop.

Safety Glasses and Ear Protection

A pair of safety glasses and hearing protection are under 10 dollars. but they are essential accessories you need when building projects. Cutting wood produces
dust and chips. so it‘s best to wear glasses to protect the eyes. Some power tools are loud. therefore hearing protection is mandatory for your long term well being.

Next, I will refer to the basic power tools you need to start building woodworking projects.

Cordless Dn‘ll / Driver kit

This tool is essential for any woodworking project. as you will use it to drill pilot holes and to insert screws, so you can join boards together. A nice battery powered
drill is what you need to speed up projects and it will last you a lifetime,

Circular Saw

This is a very good tool when starting projects because it will allow you to make straight cuts really fast and precise If the saw its cordless. even better because it
makes it portable. As you tackle more complex projects. it would be a great idea to invest in a miter saw that will take you to the next level when talking about cuts
(angle cuts will be a piece of cake).

Orbital Sander

Even this is the task least liked by woodworkers. you still need to pay attention to sanding. because that influences directly the look of your project. An orbital
sander will help you smooth the wood and even out the surface with least effort,

Pocket Hole Jig

I cannot reinforce enough how much I like using pocket holes. It is my preferred method of joining wood, because you get rigid joints while being able to hide the
holes and the head of the screws. Using a jig is needed. because that ensures making consistent pocket holes irrespective of the material thickness.


The most basicjoint is the butt joint. You only need a drill and screws to lock 2 components together. However, the head of the screws will be exposed and it is not
the strongest joint you can make.

  • Use a comer quick clamp or a carpentry square to make sure the components are perpendicular. Align the edges flush.
  • Drill pilot holes through the first board only. Use a bit that is thinner than the size of the screws.
  • Countersink the holes, so you can insert the head of the screws flush with the board.
  • Drive in the screws. making sure you use a low speed so you don‘t split the wood.
  • Enjoy the joint. You can cover it with wood putty and then smooth the surface with sandpaper.

You can also use pocket holes to joint wood. This gives you endless possibilities, because it creates really strong joints, while you can cover the screws and make
professionally looking furniture.

  • Use a pocket hole jig. I have a Krngig K5. which I really like because it comes with a front-mounted clamping handle and it is easy to set it to the thickness of the
    wood. There are also self adjusting pocket Jigs, which are beginner friendly. but comes at a higher cost.
  • Set the drill bit to the size of the screws you are going to use. For example. I joined two pieces of 1×45 which require 1 1/4′ screws. The jig comes with a guide. so if
    you are going to join 2×45. you set the drill bit differently.
  • Drill the pocket holes through the jig. The stop collar helps you make the pocket holes at the perfect depth. every single time.
  • Align the two pieces of wood on a level surface and clamp them down tightly, using a face clamp.
  • Insert the screws at a low speed so you don’t drive them too deep. Set the drill on a low torque.
  • Insert the wooden plugs and add glue so they lock into place tightly.
  • Cut the plugs flush using a pull saw. after the glue dries out.
  • Sand the surface with an orbital sender and then apply the finish.


There are several types of wood one can use for the outdoor projects They are resistant to moisture and have a beautiful appearance Since the projects will be
out in the weather all the time, you need to use wood that will resist decay and insects The most popular choices are treated lumber, redwood and cedar.

As a general rule. lumber with greater density is stronger but also more likely to split and wrap. On the other side. lower density wood is weaker but less likely to
split and warp. Low density wood acts like a sponge. absorbing moisture when the weather is wet and drying when the sun comes out. Dense wood doesn’t adapt
so good at the weather conditions so it may split and wrap easier

  • Redwood

This type of wood is commonly associated with outdoor furniture. as it is soft and easy to work with. However. the main drawback of redwood is that it tends to

  • Cedar

Another wood that is mostly used in outdoor projects is cedar. There are several species. but the two that are ideal for outdoor woodworking projects are incense
cedar and Wstern red cedar Both species are soft and easy to work with. making them ideal for furniture projects The main drawbacks are that these species are
weak in resistance and in strength

  • Teak

Teak is resistant to decay. straight grained. very stable and it feels kind of waxy. However. teak is an expensive wood due to its great resistance to water damage.
In addition. it dulls tools quickly. as it contains silica.

  • Mahogany

It is mainly used by boat builders. The following species are the most used. African. Philippine and Honduran. All three species are used for outdoor projects. but
Honduran mahogany is the most decay resistant.

  • Oak

white oak was used for barrels and for casks. being more resistant than red oak However. white oak absorbs moisture. so you need to seal it with varnish before
using the outdoor furniture.

  • Pressure Treated

Pressure-treated lumber is the most affordable lumber for outdoor use. The lumber is saturated with water-bome copper salts under extreme pressure. However.
the main drawback is its color: light green or light brown. Since it can be stained or painted to a brighter color. it makes a good choice for an outdoor project.



Conversion from imperial to metric is difficult because ofthe different material sizes used in each system. However. I compiled this table as a reference. so you can
understand the correspondents of different lumber sizes and thus adjust my plans accordingly.


Similar to some types of lumber that are well-suited for outdoor use. there are some adhesives that work in moisture. Make sure you choose the most appropriate
product for your needs and budget before starting the woodworking project.

  • Yellow and White

The traditional white yellow and hide glues don‘t work well outside. These adhesives aren’t designed to stand up against Mother Nature.

  • Plastic Resin

Plastic resin is an adhesive that is water resistant and cheap glue that can be used outdoor. It comes in a powder form. so you need to mix it with water. before
using it. The glue sets up quickly (5-10 minutes). so you need to apply it fast or it will dry out.

  • Epoxy

Epoxy glue create very strong bonds and it is waterproof Epoxy needs to be mixed before using it. It has two parts: a resin and a hardener. It is important to
remove the excess before it dries out. After the epoxy hardens. it is impossible to remove it.

  • Polyurethane

This type of glue is available in bottles. However. you need to spay water on the pieces of wood before applying the glue. as it reacts with the moisture. This glue
expands as it cures, making it ideal for fillings, Use a plastic scraper to spread the glue evenly. This type of glue takes about half an hour to dry out.

  • Adhesive

This adhesive can be used outdoor and it has a good price It comes in tubes and it can be found at any DIY store. As the parts are clamped together. the adhesive
will spread out. Let it dry out and then remove the excess with a utility knife.



When selecting the finish for your outdoor project. we recommend you to consider the level of protection. the appearance of the product and the level of
maintenance it requires on the long mn:

  • Oil

The oil that is formulated for outdoor use is the easiest product to apply. The oil penetrates the wood and provides protection for the components. The finish won’t
crack up or peel However. this product requires close maintenance. as the oil will lose its shine and ability to protect against moisture in several months.

  • Spar Varnish

If you are looking for more protection against decay. while still preserving the natural beauty of the wood, spar varnish is the right choice. Make sure you select a
product that has ultra-violet (UV) filers. These filters prevent the sun from damaging the finish. it is a lot more durable than the oil. but you have to apply the finish at
least once a year for proper results,

  • Paint

Paint is the best choice if you want to obtain maximum protection against moisture and sunlight. You have a lot of color options and the coats of paint will last for
several years.


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