This step by step diy woodworking project is about country bench plans. The project features instructions for building a wooden bench with a rustic design. If you want to build a simple bench with backrest, but you also value an unique design, take a look over this project. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
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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Country Bench Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 24″ long, 2 piece – 36″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 15 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 12 1/2″ long FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long SEAT
- D – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 17″ long, 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 15″ long ARMRESTS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 55″ long, 9 pieces – 23″ long BACKREST
- F – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 3 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 4″ long TRIMS
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Building a country bench
The first step of the project is to build the frame of the bench from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together tightly. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Attach 2×4 slats to the frame of the bench. 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 into the frame.
Build the legs from 4×4 lumber, making sure you follow the instructions from the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure the corners are right-angled. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to cut the top of the back legs at 45 degrees.
Make sure the back legs overhang the seat frame for about 1 1/2″.
Attach 1×4 supports to the leg, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs.
Build the armrests from 1×6 lumber and fit them to the supports. Align the edges with attention and use 1 5/8″ brad nails to lock the into place.
Use 1×4 or 2×4 lumber for the backrest supports. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the back legs. Use a spirit level to make sure the supports are horizontal.
Use 1×4 or 2×4 lumber for the backrest. Mark the cut lines on the slats and get the job done with a spirit level. Place a 2″ wood block between the slats to create consistent gaps.
Fit the slats to the supports. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert screws into the vertical slats.
If you really want to enhance the look of the bench, attach 1×6 trims to the back legs.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the rustic bench.
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