This step by step woodworking project is about large outdoor bench plans. If you are a big guy and you like to spend time in the garden, this bench was designed for you. Moreover, if you have basic tools and common materials, you will be able to assemble this sturdy bench in just one day. If you are looking for free woodworking plans for an unique garden bench you are at the right place. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.
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 bench 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.
Projects made from these plans
Large Outdoor Bench Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 24 3/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 18″ long FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- D – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 48″ long SEAT
- E – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 45″ long BACKREST
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
It’s that simple to build an outdoor bench – Video!
How to build a large outdoor bench
The first step of the project is to build the seat frame for the double chair bench. Use 2×4 lumber for the components, making sure you cut them at the right dimensions. Cut one end of the supports at 75 degrees using a good miter saw.
Next, you need to assemble the seat frame by attaching the 2×4 supports, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes trough the front and back supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and add waterproof glue to the joints.
Continue the woodworking project by building the legs for the double chair bench with table. Cut both ends of the back legs at 75 degrees. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
You can see in the diagram more information about cutting the back legs. As I have already said, cut both ends at 75 degree, which means you need to make 15 degree cuts. Use the information from the diagram to build the back legs properly. The easiest way to get accurate angle cuts is to use a miter saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.
Continue the project by attaching the top support to the side legs. Cut one end of the 2×4 support at 75 degrees. Attach the support to the top of the legs, making sure the edges are perfectly aligned. Drill pilot holes and secure the support to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Pre-drilling prevents the wood from splitting.
Use a carpentry square to make sure the corners are 90 degrees. In addition, you an set the legs against a straight line, so you make sure they are aligned properly, before attaching the horizontal supports.
Assembling the frame of the bench is a straight forward process. Align the seat frame to the sides, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber for the backrest supports. Use a jigsaw to make the exposed corner round. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the supports to the back of the bench, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat frame.
Fit 1×4 slats to the seat frame. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats so you can create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats into place tightly.
Fit the 1×4 slats to the backrest of the bench. Align the edges with attention and place the slats equally spaced. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats to the backrest supports tightly.
Use 1×4 lumber for the backrests. Mark the cut lines on the slats and then get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with attention using sandpaper.
Fit the armrests to the sides of the bench and use 2″ brad nails to secure them into place tightly.
If you liked this patio furniture plan, then you would also love the corresponding chair. In this manner, you can create a relaxation area where you can hang out with your friends and family.
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. Attach handles to the lid, to ease the opening process.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden bench from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.
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