The reason I began cutting wood 2 years ago all began when I travelled to Lancaster PA, and spent a few days looking at Amish built Oak furniture, both indoor and outdoor.
My kids are grown, past the stage of amusement parks, but Hershey kept them busy while I drove around viewing the local craftsmans work.
It was all beautiful, and my wife was thinking about purchasing some outdoor chairs, similar to ones I bought 20 years earlier(still have them, they are in great shape), just wanted to add two more.
The seller was asking 149 dollars, so we shopped around.
Found similar styles adirondack, all around 150, some up as far as 200.
There were sales, 99 bucks, but it seemed the chairs werent built as sturdy.
I was looking at the chairs, saying....hmmmmmm. 300 dollars plus any tax if theres tax, then I have to haul this big things hundreds of miles.
Must be only 30 bucks worth of wood on each one, maybe I should try to build one.
So I did, no plans, scrap wood I had laying around, all pine, 2x4s, and 1x4s, 1x6s, my neighbor is a contractor, always had left over wood from jobs, Id take some for shelf building, as kindling, whatever, sometimes Id just pile it up a hope one day Ill use it.
Ofcourse, the chairs were meaty and bulky. I cut them and screwed them with one old electric drill, and a black and decker electric hand saw.
I did use a cross cut saw also.
I painted them red.
I eventually bought a book with plans, and cut all the chairs I make exact, with the correct angles and all.
So I started, and havent stopped since. Its quite addicting.(Im preaching to the choir here I think)
My favorite thing, is to make something out of the waste or leftever wood I have after I build something.
Made this barbeque cart out of left over redwood from the redwood table.
I ran out of tiles, so I had to buy 8 black tiles.
Whenever I get free pressure treated, or have extra,I build childrens adirondack chairs,(my own design, and I actually wrote down a set of plans so they all come out exactly the same) and give them to people I know who have kids.
Its great when you dont need a piece of wood longer than 2 feet.
Id like to see what others build for outdoor use.