Pamplin Media Group – From “yard” to “preferred gathering place”

Woodcraft offers lots of tips for spring house projects you can do around the house.

Personalize your outdoor living space and improve your home’s curb appeal with a new landscaping plan, colorful door treatments, more furniture, or a new coat of paint for outdoor structures.

Woodcraft can help you with handy tools, supplies and resources to create an attractive and functional family “hangout”.

Build a potting bench to be a headquarters for designing and planting flower and shrub gardens in strategic locations to mark the eating, lounging and play sections of the yard. If necessary, build more outdoor furniture and game boards to furnish these areas. Paint exterior doors to add a splash of color. Accent doorways/entries with benches or planters. Repair, clean and refinish or paint porches, railings and fences to refresh their appearance.

Construction products

WOODCRAFT MAGAZINE CLASSIC PROJECT PLANS are step-by-step guides to building furniture and accessories, including the full-service potting bench shown here, as well as chairs, tables, benches, planters, and more. See “The Haycock Adirondack” project in Woodcraft Magazine issue 101 (June/July 2021) for a different Adirondack chair design. Plans and number 101 are available at

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KREG 720PRO POCKET-HOLE JIG – The latest innovation in pocket-hole joinery, this jig was designed with features like one-motion Automaxx clamping, which automatically clamps and sets the material thickness setting for parts from 1/2-inch to 1 1/2-inches thick, GripMaxx non-slip material construction and steel-reinforced spine.

BOSCH BARREL GRIP JIGSAW – A powerful 7.0 Amp variable-speed motor with constant-response circuitry maintains your desired speed. Features include an ergonomic body, tool-free blade change system and blade ejection lever.

FESTOOL T18 EASY CORDLESS DRILL PLUS SET – Expand your drilling abilities with features like the new generation brushless EC-TEC motor and electronic torque adjustment for precise screwdriving and drilling in wood or steel. A keyless metal chuck allows the use of most drill bits, 1/16″ to 1/2″ in diameter.

PORTER-CABLE 5″ RANDOM ORBITAL SANDER – This lightweight sander is ideal for surface preparation for smoothing seams and for removing paint, varnish and old coatings. Accepts 5″ 8-hole hook-and-loop paper.

WOODRIVER PANEL CART – Move large sheets of material from a truck bed or trailer to your table saw with minimal effort using this handy cart. A tilting carriage and a frame are adjustable.

Doors and other finishing options

Make the doors and outdoor furniture of the house the center of attention with a colorful paint that brightens up even on cloudy days. Refresh the look of garage doors, porches, shutters, railings, fences, and storage buildings with a fresh coat (and maybe a new color) of paint.

General Finishes Milk Paint in 33 premixed colors works well for wood doors and furniture and other structures. Be sure to add a satin, gloss, semi-gloss, or matte exterior finish to improve the durability of the milk paint.

General Finshes Exterior Oil Finish is ideal for outdoor weather conditions and can be used over other brands of Exterior Oil Stain or Exterior Clear Oil Finishes for added protection.

System Three Marine Spar clearcoat is designed for exterior surfaces and provides long lasting protection against water and marine environments.

System Three Clear Epoxy Sealer S-1 is a clear, penetrating, waterproof two-part epoxy sealer. It is completely waterproof and suitable for use above and below the waterline.

Waterlox Original Marine Finish and Original Marine Sealer: These premium tung oil-based products work together to penetrate and waterproof wood that lives outdoors. Both are easily applied with a brush, lambswool applicator, fabric roller or sprayer.

UC Coatings Corporation Nano-Guard Premium Wood Sealer is a clear, non-film-forming sealer that allows wood to weather naturally without breaking down. It penetrates deep into the wood surface to protect and stabilize the wood against weathering and caustic conditions.

To apply coatings by hand, consider Redtree Onyx White China Bristle Brushes (solvent-based finishes) or Redtree Matey Synthetic Bristle Brushes (water-based finishes) available in three sizes.

For spraying, the EARLEX® Super Finish Max has a built-in 450 watt sprayer, eliminating the need for a hose or motor to move around. Spray milk paint, chalk style paint, latex paint, enamels, primers, urethanes, stains and varnishes.

To learn more about these and other products, visit your local Woodcraft store, call (800) 535-4482 or go online to

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