This step by step diy project is about 2×6 8 foot outdoor bench plans. I have designed this long bench so you can relax in the garden with the loved ones. This bench is built entirely from 2×6 lumber. You can adjust the design to suit your needs. 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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2×6 8 foot Outdoor Bench Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 22″ long, 3 pieces – 15 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 19 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 14 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 45 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 96″ long SUPPORT
- C – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 26 3/4″ long ARMRESTS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 99″ long BACKREST
- 8 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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How to build an outdoor bench
Use 2×6 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.
Continue the project by attaching the horizontal supports to the sides. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints.
Continue the project by attaching the stretchers to the bench frame. Align the edges with attention, drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Add glue to the joints. Also, attach the middle leg to the frame of the bench.
Fit 2×6 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.
Use 2×6 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.
Last but not least, you need to attach the 2×6 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. Lock the slats to the backrest supports with clamps, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
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.
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 2×6 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.