This step by step diy woodworking project is about modern outdoor bench plans. If you want to build a modern outdoor bench with backrest that looks really neat and it is easy to build, you need to consider my plans. This bench has a super sturdy frame, so it will last for many years. If you enjoy my design, don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my free plans HERE.
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Projects made from these plans
Modern Outdoor Bench Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17″ long, 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 33 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 11 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 50″ long, 2 pieces – 47″ long FRAME
- D – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 18 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 3 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 2 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 2 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 1 1/2″ long, 24 pieces – 51 1/2″ long SLATS
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 12 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 10′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 2″ nails
- wood filler , wood glue
How to build a modern bench
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the modern outdoor bench. As you can see in the diagram you need 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the components and then get the job done with a circular saw. Make parallel cuts inside the marked areas and remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Use 2×4 lumber for the horizontal supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the legs. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints.
The next step of the project is to assemble the frame of the bench with backrest. As you can see in my free woodworking plans, you need to use 2×4 lumber for the stretchers. Fit the supports to the bench, after making sure the legs are plumb. Drill pilot holes through the stretchers and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Check if the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Attach the 1×4 slats to the sides of the bench. Use a saw to make the angle cuts. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats, so you create even gaps. Insert 2″ nails and glue to lock the slats into place tightly.
Fit the 1×4 slats to the front of the bench, as well.
Continue the project by attaching the slats to the back of the bench. You can use 1 5/8″ screws instead of the 2″ nails. Drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit the slats to the seat and to the backrest. Make sure you fit the slat to the top of the bench. Smooth the edges with sandpaper or you could round them over with a bit.
Last but not least, 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 and to enhance the look of the project.
Check out free plans for building the matching modern chair and the matching end table with storage.
This is a simple woodworking project, so any person with basic diy skills can get the job done in a few hours. If you like my project, I recommend you to take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans HERE. See all my bench plans HERE. Choose from thousands of free designs and fill your life with DIY joy!
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