This step by step diy project is about 5 ft bench with back plans. I have designed this bench with backrest so you can enjoy quality time in the garden. This bench has a sturdy frame and it is very easy to build. 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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5 ft Bench with Back Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 51″ long SUPPORT
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 13 1/4″ long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 54″ long, 1 piece – 4 3/4″ long SEAT FRAME
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 26 3/4″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- E – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long BACKREST
- F – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long BACKREST
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 6′
- 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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It’s that simple to make a garden bench – Video!
How to build a 5 ft bench with back
The first step of the project is to build the braces for the garden bench. Use a saw to make angle cuts to both ends of the supports, as shown in the diagram. Smooth the edges with attention.
Use 2×4 lumber for the legs. Make 15 degree cuts at both ends of the legs, as shown in the plans.
Next, lay the legs on a level surface and against a straight edge. Fit the braces to the legs and align the edges with attention. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the braces to the legs.
Use 2×4 lumber for the backrest supports. Use a jigsaw to round the top of the supports. Fit the supports to the sides of the bench, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the 2×4 stretcher to the bottom of the bench. Drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the stretcher. Make sure the corners are square and plumb the sides with a spirit level.
Next, build the bench frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Lay the 2×4 slats to the frame of the bench to build the seat. Center the slats leaving 3″ overhang on both sides. Fit a piece of 1/4″ plywood to create even gaps. Frill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats to the frame.
Fit a 2×2 support under the seat. Drill pocket holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws
Fit the 2×4 boards to the back of the bench. Center the slats into place, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
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.
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how can you fit 4 4×2 slats for the seat plus quarter inch spacers, when the top brace is only 13″ long?
The brace is 13 1/4″ and you add the front trim that is 1 1/2″. 2x4s are actually 1 1/2″x3 1/2″, so you can fit the 4 slats 🙂
Hi, can you share the overall dimensions of the bench? Including seat height, and overall height from ground to top? Thanks!
I’ve added a new diagram with the info you requested.
Fantastic- thank you!
I really like your designs and was thinking about adapting a couple of them as im trying to fit them in a really awkward space, i was wondering what software you use to create your designs?
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