Katie Jackson’s book is filled with outdoor projects that are modern, attractive, and (best of all) actually easy enough for woodworking beginners. Like the sweet red chair on the cover, Jackson’s designs are clean and simple and require only basic tools to make. It is totally refreshing to find an easy woodworking book with projects that match my aesthetic. I am all about the midcentury modern slat bench and pipe leg potting table, and can’t wait to make them for our garden.
Selected as a Gardens Illustrated Recommended Read
Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture covers twenty step-by-step, fully illustrated projects with hundreds of clear and easy-to-follow photographs. Finished pieces include simple items include a trellis, a flower box, and a plant stand and more complicated projects include a chaise lounge, a sectional with built-in storage, and a slat bench. Katie Jackson's projects are simple, clean, and timeless and work well within a wide variety of styles. Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture is the perfect primer for people new to woodworking, DIYers, and homeowners looking for a simple and affordable to decorate their space.
About the Author
Katie Jacksonis a designer and builder of simple furniture using renewable and reclaimed materials. After graduating from Bennington College, she trained as a cabinetmaker at New England School or Architectural Woodworking. She attended a Woodworking Teacher’s Educational Program at Girls At Work, Inc., specializing in empowering at-risk girls with wood shop skills. Jackson headed the woodworking program at Camp Onaway for Girls for four summers, then teamed up with Lilah Crews-Pless to launch a design-build collaboration out of TechShop San Francisco and TechShop Menlow Park. She now builds at New England Society of Innovation and Technology (NESIT) Hackerspace. Learn more at katiejacksonwoodworks.com.
“If you want to build your own outdoor furniture, but have zero to little woodworking experience, this books I for you.” —Library Journal
“For people already attuned to woodworking, this book has great project ideas. For people interested in picking up a woodworking hobby, this book gives the tools and basic knowledge to learn new skills. . . . a very satisfying do-it-yourself guide with tasteful and varied projects.” —Washington Gardener
“The craft of woodworking. . . . remains one of the most satisfying creative outlets. . . . Try your hand at it with Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture by Katie Jackson, who shows us that with a few basic tools and a weekend, anyone can build a beautiful wood project for their outdoor space.” —The Florida Times-Union
“Will inspire you to break out the miter saw, drill, and sander. With an appealing mix of contemporary and traditional-style projects.” —Digging