There are people who are skilled when it comes to doing things themselves. But it does not mean those that are not handy or knowledgeable in using the necessary tools should not try to spend an afternoon trying to make something out of nothing.
If you are feeling confident with your skills and you want to make outdoor furniture since your patio and balcony is looking empty, there are certain things you have to remember to make sure that your endeavour would yield successful results. Who knows, you’d soon have your next party in your outdoor space with your DIY furniture.
Use Suitable Materials
Before you start buying or scouring for materials to use, you have to make sure that they are appropriate. Remember that you are doing outdoor furniture which is more exposed to the elements. The materials should withstand the sun, the rain and other harsh weather conditions. When you buy bolts and other fasteners, make sure also that they are the appropriate joiners for the materials you are using.
You could never go wrong with using batten screws to join timber together. These screws are used in almost all landscaping, outdoor furniture and decks construction projects because it’s heavy duty and has a countersunk head making it easier to instil and lay flat in timber.
Prepare the Necessary Tools
You would need several tools to make your outdoor furniture. You might need a saw, hammer, a measuring tape, screwdrivers, ladder, wood glue, etc. If you are not really a handyman and you don’t have even the most basic tools, you could borrow (or better yet invest so you would have the necessary tools during emergencies). If you think you would need the heavier, bigger pieces of machineries, you could opt to rent them if you don’t have anyone to borrow them from.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
This might sound like a simple advice or even an irrelevant trick but it would save you the trouble or even prevent major accidents. If you would be using an electric saw, your sleeves or the hem of your shirt might get caught on it and you might end up with a torn shirt or worse. Avoid wearing nice clothes too when you start with your DIY project because you might damage it with paint splatters or holes from nails released by an electric hammer. Use gloves and googles also if appropriate.
No matter how prepared you are and no matter if you followed all the tips and advices mentioned above, if you do not measure correctly, the end product would still not be what you had hoped for. Say you made an outdoor table but you did not measure the table’s legs correctly. You might end up with a wonky table because the legs are not of the same length.
The last thing you have to remember when you begin your DIY outdoor furniture project is that you should not feel overwhelm. Also, try to start small to get acquainted with using the tools.