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Building a Bench

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy woodworking project is about building a bench. If you want to build a beautiful bench but you don’t have many woodworking skills, you should pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Don’t forget to adjust the designs and the size of the bench to suit your needs. As a general rule, we recommend you to invest in durable lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as they also have a nice natural finish.

There are so many designs and materials to choose from, that we really recommend you to spend some time researching the most suitable plans for your needs. If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, we strongly recommend you to pay attention to these instructions and to check out the related projects, if you want to get more ideas and potential projects for your home and garden. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×16 lumber – 35″ long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long SLATS
  • C – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 43“ long STRETCHER


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




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Building a Bench

Building the sides of the bench

Building the sides of the bench

The first step of the woodworking project is about building the sides of the garden bench. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to take accurate measurements and to mark the cut lines on the 2×16 slats before getting the job done with a circular saw.

Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a cleaner. Work with attention and invest in high quality materials, if you want to get a professional result.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

The next step of the project is to attach the 2×6 slats to the sides of the bench. Cut the seat slats at the right size and drill pilot holes before securing them to the structure of the bench. Add glue to the joints and make sure they are rigid and durable.

Fitting the backrest

Fitting the backrest

Attaching the slats to the back rest of the bench is a straight-forward process, but you need to make sure everything sis aligned with great attention. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and make sure you leave no gaps between the components.

Attaching the stretcher

Attaching the stretcher

In order to add strength and rigidity to the bench, we strongly recommend you to add a stretcher to the bottom of the bench. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretcher and secure them to the sides using galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.

Building a bench

Building a bench

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wood kids bench in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.



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