This step by step diy project is about 4 ft outdoor bench plans. I have designed this garden bench so you can enjoy a nice book or a cold drink in the hot summer days. You can get the job done in one day using just 2x4s. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
2×4 Garden Bench Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 24 3/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 18″ long SEAT FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long SEAT
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/4″ long ARMRESTS
- E – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- F – 5 piece of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long BACKREST
How to build a 4 ft garden bench
The first step of the project is to build the seat frame of the garden bench. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram and drill pocket holes at both ends of the 18″ supports. Align the edges with attention, add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Cut both ends of the back legs at 75 degrees. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper for a neat result.
Fit the armrest supports to the top of the legs. Cut one end at 75 degrees. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
After assembling the sides and the seat frame, you need to assemble the frame of the bench. Align everything with attention, drill pilot holes through the bottom frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure the corners are square and plumb the legs with a spirit level.
Build the backrest supports from 2×4 lumber. Round the exposed corner with a jigsaw and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the backrest supports to the seat frame, drill pilot holes and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure you leave no gaps between the components.
Fit 2×4 slats to the seat frame of the garden bench. Align the slats with attention at both ends. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly.
Attach 2×4 slats to the backrest supports. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Build the armrests from 2×4 lumber. Cut one end of the armrests with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper. Fit the armrests for the supports, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few hours without much effort. Remember that you need to adjust the size of the components so they suit your own needs. Don’t forget to check out the rest of my outdoor furniture projects, as I have designed lots of plans.
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