|Area for our little rock seating area dug out of the slope. Foreground is the rock retaining wall we finished last year.|
|Moss rock I carried over from the pallet we had delivered from Lyons.|
|A good start, but project postponed due to inclement weather.|
|Finished project with fawn munching on our new grass and flowers. We are throwing down a lot of grass and wildflower seed around the house. This should look a lot better next year after the grass and flowers out-compete the weeds.|
The other project I wanted to show is our new picnic table. I found plans for this table at http://members.shaw.ca/bomr/ptabl.htm
Carpenter/Handyman Rod Nussbaumer shares his ideas and easy-to-follow (free) plans at the above link. Using his plans, I ended up with a sturdy, attractive table without having to put in diagonal braces under the tabletop. The plans/drawings are clear and easy to understand. The design is elegantly simple. Cutting was easy. The most difficult aspects of building this was assembling the pieces. Oh, and of course, picking out decent, low-knot wood that wasn't bowed, checked, or warped. I used Douglas Fir from Lowes and attacked it with a belt sander to get a reasonably smooth product. The lumber consists of two-by-sixes and two-by-fours. Lumber, hardware, and stain ran me about $150.