Quiz: Can you build your own patio furniture?

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Quiz: Can you build your own patio furniture?
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About This Quiz

If your blew your budget building your new patio, save some money with attractive, comfortable patio furniture -- that you construct yourself. Take this quiz to see how much you know about building your own patio furniture.
Why should you consider a do-it-yourself patio furniture project?
You'll save money.
Patio furniture can be quite expensive, and building it yourself is a major money saver.
You'll save time.
You'll enjoy it.

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How much could you save by building a picnic table?
30 percent
50 percent
Building your own picnic table costs you about half what a store-bought table would.
75 percent

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What type of wood should you use to build a picnic table?
redwood
Redwood lumber makes a durable picnic table.
pine
oak

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What should you use to finish outdoor furniture made of redwood?
polyurethane
mineral oil
nothing
You do not have to finish the wood and may let it weather naturally.

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Why is redwood a good choice for patio furniture?
It's sturdy.
It's maintenance free.
both of the above
Redwood is a very solid and maintenance-free wood.

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To preserve the color of redwood, what finish may be applied?
redwood oil
redwood stain
both answers
If the weathered look isn't your style, apply redwood oil or stain to your completed project.

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How long does it take to build an umbrella table?
two to four hours
four to six hours
Four to six hours is the estimated time for completion of an umbrella table.
six to eight hours

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About how long does it take to build a patio bench?
two hours
four hours
You will need about four hours to complete a patio bench.
eight hours

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Why are galvanized nails used for patio furniture?
They resist rust.
Galvanized nails are treated to resist rust, which is important for outdoor furniture.
They're inexpensive.
They blend in with the color of the patio furniture.

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What should you do with the patio bench during winter?
disassembled
stored away
both of the above
To prepare for winter, the patio bench may be disassembled and stored away.

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What are carriage bolts used for?
for decoration
to connect wooden pieces
A carriage bolt or screw is used to connect wood pieces.
to connect metal pieces

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What are C-clamps used for?
to hold wood together
C-clamps are used to hold wood pieces securely. Put some wood scraps between the clamp and your project so you won't get clamp indentations.
to hold metal together
to hold plastic together

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What is the purpose of a block plane?
to bevel edges
A block plane is used to cut across the grain of wood and may be used to bevel the edges.
to sand wood
to strip wood

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What type of screws are used for patio furniture?
brass wood screws
You'll need brass wood screws to construct patio furniture.
stainless steel machine screws
brass sheet metal screws

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What is a carpenter's square used for?
to set up right angles
A carpenter's square is used to set up right angles and is a handy item to have when building patio furniture.
to sand wood
to cut wood

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