Here are four projects for durable furniture to grace your deck, patio, poolside, or yard. They include a solid, simple Japanese-style bench, a classic curvaceous bench that has graced English gardens for decades, an authentic Adirondack chair, and an outdoor table made from Ipé.

 

A Classic Adirondack Chair
Our version updates the original design with a curved seat and back, making it even more comfortable for relaxing. It's made of western red cedar, assembled with screws and carriage bolts.
Video: Assembling the Adirondack chair
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An Outdoor Table in Ipé
This 5-ft.-dia. table seats six. The top is made of boards surrounded by an outer frame constructed from 12 thicker segments. Gently curved legs attach to the base with mortise-and-tenon joints.
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The Lutyens Garden Bench
Designed more than 100 years ago by noted architect Edward Lutyens, this bench features a whimsical frame around classically regimented slats on the back and seat.
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A Japanese Garden Bench
A curved back rail and armrests, plus tapered back splats with a cross rail blend Asian esthetics and traditional Tudor style. The bench uses mortise-and-tenon joints throughout.
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