2×2 Garden Bench Plans

This step by step diy project is about 2×2 garden bench plans. I have designed this garden bench with backrest so you can build one using just 2×2 lumber. This bench is not super sturdy but it will most definitely add some charm to your backyard. Make sure you invest in weather resistant lumber, such as cedar or redwood, for a professional result and durability. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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2×2 Garden Bench Plans




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  • A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 22″ long, 2 pieces – 15 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 19 3/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 17″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long 2xSUPPORTS 
  • C – 9 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long SEAT 
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 18″ long ARMRESTS
  • E – 9 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long BACKREST

  • 12 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint

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 Kreg Jig

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day

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How to build a 2×6 garden bench



The first step of the project is to build the frame for the bench. Use 2×2 lumber for the components. Drill pilot holes through the side supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular component.



Use 2×2 lumber for the front legs. Cut the legs at 22″. Smooth the edges with sandpaper or a router. The next step is to assemble the back legs. Cut the components at shown in the free plans. Drill pocket holes along the bottom edge of the angle support. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue to lock the two components together tightly.

Fitting the legs

Fitting the legs

Continue the project by attaching the legs to the bench frames. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Add glue to the joints.



Fit 2×2 slats to the seat of the bench. Leave no gaps between the slats, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.

Fitting the armrests

Fitting the armrests

Use 2×2 lumber for the armrests. Mark the cut lines on the slats and then get the job done with a jigsaw. Attach the armrests to the frame of the bench. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.

Fitting the back slats

Fitting the back slats

Last but not least, you need to attach the 2×2 slats to the back of the bench frame. Align the slats at both ends and then fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between them. Drill pocket holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

2x2 Garden Bench Plans

2×2 Garden Bench Plans

Make sure you take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components to protect them from decay.

2x2 Garden Bench Plans - Front view

2×2 Garden Bench Plans – Front view

You can easily make adjustments to my plans to suit your needs and tastes. See all my bench plans HERE. Moreover, you can adjust the height of the legs. See all my outdoor furniture projects HERE.



This woodworking project was about 2×2 garden bench plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

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