7 Books for Crafty, Outdoor Project, Woodworking Lovers

One of my husband’s favorite hobbies is woodworking. As an artist by trade and college background in mathematics, he’s got a keen eye for what looks great and really knows his stuff when it comes to building an Adirondak chair, leveling a farmer’s market stand, or creating a dream dress-up princess clothing rack for an aspiring toddler princess.

I’d like to think that though I do not have any woodworking talent, I do have a knack for finding great books that our whole family can enjoy. So, this weekend I sought out to find some fun crafty-summery-outdoorsy-woodworking reads for all of us, but mostly, for him. 🙂

Whether you’re a novice woodworker, professional carpenter, or just a happy onlooker like me, these are so fun to look through.



Handy Dad by Todd Davis

Full of fun, adventure-inspiring photos, these Handy Dad books were brand new titles for me. I love the hand-drawn details, and the ambitious nature, which lives up to the book’s subtitle: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids.


Handy Dad in the Great Outdoors by Todd Davis

Again, with the subtitle…Love it! Obviously, this book is similar to the one above, but is more geared toward outdoor fun. The whole family can enjoy this book.


Treehouses and Other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build by David & Jeanie Stiles

We like this one so much at our house, we’ve checked it out more than once! This book has lots of practical, simple projects — like ones that I (without all the woodworking talent) could possible help with in a day’s time.


Playhouses You Can Build: Indoor & Backyard Designs by David & Jeanie Stiles

These authors have written multiple books on building, woodworking, and outdoor playthings. This title is specifically written about playhouses – both for inside and outside.

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Treehouses & Playhouses You Can Build by David & Jeanie Stiles

What I love about Stiles books are the included detailed drawings and measurements. It’s so fun to see how a few pieces of wood and screws can be transformed into a child’s dream imagination station!

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In addition, I wanted to add Woodsmith Magazine to the list. I bought a copy for Hubby’s birthday, and he spent hours looking through the pages. I was so happy he enjoyed it, and will definitely be looking for more issues.

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So there you have it…a list fit for a crafty-outdoorsy-woodworking king or queen — and all the princes and princesses, too!



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