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Yard and Garden Structures

Learn how to build and maintain outdoor structures with these projects, tips and ideas for sheds, fences, pergolas, arbors, storm shelters and tree houses.

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    How to Build Patio Planters

    Give your potted plants a simple, stylish home—outdoors or in.


    How to Build a Stone Fountain

    Bring the splash and sparkle of falling water to your yard in just one weekend.


    How to Build an Umbrella Table

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    This woodworking project will give you an umbrella table that...


    How To Build a Classic Cedar Trellis

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    Build this stunning trellis design to add flair to your...


    How to Build a Garden Arbor

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    Elegant and surprisingly easy to build


    How to Build a Campfire Bench

    Simple, sturdy bench that'll last a long, long time


    Fountain: How to Build a Concrete Fountain

    Carving stone requires years of training, extraordinary skill and endless patience—or you can cheat and use power tools.


    How to Build an Arbor with Built-in Benches

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    Shade, privacy and seating for your deck or patio.

    How to Build a Pond & Fountain in One Day

    Add life to your backyard with this affordable fountain


    Schoolhouse Storage Shed

    If you've got big storage needs and are looking for style, this is the shed for you.


    How to Build a Garden Path

    This easy-to-build natural stone path will last a lifetime


    Repairing Decks and Railings

    Expert fixes for common problems


    How to Build a Water Garden Stream

    How to build a pond and waterfall using preformed shells.


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    How to Use a Table Saw: Cross Cutting

    An accurate miter gauge and fence and basic wood jigs are the key to perfect table saw cuts.


    How to Build a Copper Trellis for Your Garden

    Solder up this trellis in a weekend with ordinary copper tubing


    Roof Flashing Techniques for Outside Corners

    Make roof dormers and other outside corners leakproof


    How to Build a Garden Pond and Deck

    Plans for a rectangular reflecting pond with ground-level boardwalk.

    12 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Any Budget

    Whether you're putting your house on the market soon or simply want to make the exterior as beautiful and welcoming...


    Five Solutions for a shabby deck

    To revive a shabby deck, there are five main directions you can go, and we'll guide you through them all.


    Tips for Making Portable Tools for Your Workshop

    In the workshop, garage, basement or shed, having wheels on your tools and equipment means you can easily move them...


    Entrance Gates: Replacement Tips

    How to create a sturdy gate for your fence.


    Five Easy Ways to Reduce Yard Work

    Make yardwork less of a chore with these tips.


    Garden Shed Illustrations and Materials List

    These illustrations and this materials list are a part of the Garden Shed that appeared in the July/August, 2008 issue...


    6 Most Common Types of Maple Trees

    Learn the species of maple trees most commonly found in the United States, and how to tell them apart.


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    Fence Toppers: What To Know Before You Buy

    If you're looking to refresh rather than replace your fence, or you just need more privacy, fence toppers might be...


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    10 Tips on How To Protect Outdoor Furniture

    Learn how to protect your outdoor furniture so you can enjoy it for multiple seasons. We talked to the experts...


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    How To Plan and Build a Deck

    Family Handyman editor Mike Berner walks you through the process of building a deck from concept to finishing touches.