As the evenings start to get lighter and spring is in the air, it seems that summer is only just around the corner. It will soon be time to get back out into the garden and enjoy some fresh air and hopefully a bit of welcome sunshine.

In this, the latest in the series of Practical Woodworking project focused special editions we turn our attention to ideas designed to enhance your outdoor living space. We have included a range of items which should help you make the most of your garden this summer. Whether you intend to work, play, dine, entertain, or simply relax, there is something here for you.

As usual all the projects are presented in a clean, clear and easy to follow step-by-step style that is designed to guide you through the complete making and finishing process. There are also plenty of tips and techniques throughout this issue to help you achieve professional and pleasing results and get the most out of your hard work. You will also find some handy gardening tips scattered through the publication courtesy of the team from our sister magazine Gardens Monthly.

We hope you find the tips useful and enjoy making the projects and putting them to good use in your own garden.
Also in this issue...

Folding furniture - This innovative folding garden furniture is simply made and won't take up much storage space in the garage or shed

French doors - How to make a superb set of patio doors that require less machining and rely on modern glues for strength

Sun lounger - With the best of the summer ahead, a couple of adjustable sun beds will help you achieve an even tan

Potting bench - No room in the greenhouse for a potting bench? Alan Holtham builds an all-weather outdoor work table