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. —S.B.