Free Woodworking Plans for Outdoor Projects

Fun, Cool and Free Woodworking Projects for Your Patio, Deck or Backyard

Woodworking
fStop Images - Jonathan Gelber / Getty Images

The backyard is a great place to show off your woodworking skills. Each of these sets of free woodworking plans is for projects you can use in your backyard or on your deck or patio. Each set of free woodworking plans includes a measured drawing and a cut list (bill of materials), along with pictures of the building process and step-by-step instructions.

  • 01 of 08

    Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker

    Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Build an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker! This set of free woodworking plans takes you step-by-step through building a two-person love seat glider rocker based on a very comfortable Adirondack chair style. Since it is a loveseat built for two, this glider rocker is perfect for your deck, patio or front porch.

  • 02 of 08

    Cornhole Game Board

    Cornhole Game Board.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Cornhole is a popular outdoor game played in parts of the Midwestern US, particularly when tailgating at football games. Cornhole is fun and with these simple free woodworking plans, you can easily build your own cornhole game board. Download the free measured drawings and follow the step-by-step instructions to build your own cornhole board.

  • 03 of 08

    Play Washers

    Playing Washers.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Horseshoes have been popular for hundreds of years. However, playing horseshoes takes quite a bit of space and can really dig up the grass in your backyard. Washers is a similar game but can be played on any surface using a pair of washers boxes. In this set of free plans, learn how to build a matching set of washer boxes and teach you how to play this fun game of skill, indoors or out.

  • 04 of 08

    Cedar Bird Feeder

    Cedar Bird Feeder.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Bird feeders are popular ways to attract and watch various species of birds. While you can buy a variety of feeders, it's more fun if you build your own. With these free bird feeder plans, you can build an attractive cedar bird feeder in a couple of hours and enjoy it for many years to come.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Bamboo Wind Chime

    Bamboo Wind Chime.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    With their soothing sounds, wind chimes make a terrific addition to any backyard, deck or patio. If you buy them in a store, they also can be rather pricey. Ironically, they are relatively easy to build. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a bamboo wind chime. This is a fun woodworking project to build -- one you can easily make with your kids!

  • 06 of 08

    Planter Boxes

    Series of Planter Boxes.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    In these free woodworking plans, learn how to build a planter box, large enough to hold numerous relatively large plants. The woodworking plans are relatively simple and can be altered to accommodate nearly any size. The planter box has a heavy plastic liner and drainage system to drain off excess water. Build your own planter box today!

  • 07 of 08

    Clay Pot Hanger

    Clay Pot Hanger.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This spring, show off your woodworking skills and gardening abilities at the same time. Display your plants in this simple yet impressive clay pot hanger. Each hanger can hold four clay pots securely. Best of all, this is a very simple woodworking project that nearly anyone can build.

  • 08 of 08

    Louvered Window Shutters

    Louvers.

    Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Louvered doors and window shutters are very attractive, and useful way of protecting windows, giving privacy to closets and dressing areas, acting as vents for HVAC units, and more. In this set of free woodworking plans, find a simple way to build louvers into doors or window shutters, including a router jig for consistent reproduction.