In hectic times – even in relaxed times – it’s nice to have a place to sit and just be. Here are plans for a comfortable and sturdy garden bench originally from Southern Living.
It’s made from pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine so it’ll be able to withstand just about anything mother-nature can throw at it. It has some pretty cool detail work too. Dovetail joints and wooden dowel fasteners gives it a real handcrafted look. Elegant curves play nicely against the long straight back in the seat and most important it’s comfortable.
One of the things we really like about this project is the fact that you can do it over a weekend, with just a couple of tricks we can make even the curves in this bench simple to do.
Once you’ve made this project, let us know how it went. We’d love to see it and brag on you, OK?
Check out the step-by-step instructions below, or you can print out a cut list and overview of the build here: wooditsreal.com-Build It Handcrafted Garden Bench
As you get started, here’s a handy video that takes you through all the steps to make your Southern Yellow Pine Garden Bench.
We recommend getting the following supplies:
• (4) 2″ x 12″ x 8′ Pressure Treated Southern Yellow Pine
• (3) 2″ x 6″x 8′ Pressure Treated Southern Yellow Pine
• Exterior Grade Wood Glue
• 2″ Wood Deck Screws (20+)
• Appropriate Bit for Deck Screws
• 3/8″ Drill Bit
• Wooden Dowels
• Roundover Drill Bit
• Finishing nails (just a few)
• Thin (1/8″), long board or a thin, long piece of sturdy cardboard.
• Pencil, Measuring Tape
• 2-4 Bar Clamps (at least 5″ long)
• Handheld Saw
• Straight Edge / Carpenter Square
• Table Saw
• Jig Saw
• Electric Drill
• Radial Sander / Sanding Block
• (Optional)Spindle Sander or Drum Sander
• Protractor or Ruler
• Safety Glasses / Ear Protection
• Dust Mask / Work Gloves
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE GARDEN BENCH
Step 1: Draw Out and Cut the Bench End Backs
Step 2: Draw Out and Cut the Bench End Front
Step 3: Build the Bench Ends
Step 4: Cut and Attach Front Apron
Step 6: Cut and Attach Center Brace
Step 8: Cut and Attach Seat Boards
Step 9: Sand and Finish Off
Step 10: Put your Feet Up and Enjoy Your Hard Work
How did it go? We love pictures and questions, please send both our way.