This step by step diy woodworking project is about outdoor bench plans free. I have designed this garden bench inspired by my porch swing with center console so you can enjoy a good book in the garden. This park bench is super comfortable and it is extremely sturdy. Take a look over these instructions and make adjustments if you want to get a professional result.
Make sure you invest in high quality materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, cedar, pine or redwood. Take accurate measurements and use a professional saw to get the job done. Always align the components at both ends before drilling the pilot holes and inserting the galvanized screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting. Use waterproof glue to reinforce the joints. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 4 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- B – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 57″ long STRETCHERS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long LEGS
- D – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 25 1/2″ long ARMRESTS
- E – 29 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 60″ long SLATS
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 29 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 6′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
How to build an outdoor bench
The first step of the project is to build the backrest supports from 2×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to mark the cut lines and make the notches to the center backrest supports. Make parallel cuts and then remove the excess with a chisel. Drill pocket holes to the base of the supports.
Next, you need to build the base supports for the bench from 2×4 lumber. Make the angle cuts to the supports and then use a jigsaw to male the curved cut. For the middle supports, you need to make the notches, so you can fit the stretchers. Make parallel cuts to the marked areas and then remove the excess with a chisel.
The next step of the project is to assemble the frames for the bench. Align the edges flush and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports together tightly. Add glue to the joints to reinforce the bond of the joints.
After assembling the four supports for the outdoor bench, you need to assemble the frame together tightly. Fit the 2×4 stretchers to the bench and space the supports evenly. Drill pilot holes through the stretchers and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the middle supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretchers and then insert 2 1/2″ screws into the end supports.
Fit the 1×2 slats to the bench frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws, so you can lock them together tightly. Countersink the head of the screws, for a professional result. You can round over the slats before fitting them into place, for an elegant look. Moreover, you can even space the slats.
Use 2×4 lumber for the legs of the bench. Make 15 degree cuts to both ends of the legs, as shown in the diagram. Smooth the edges flush for a professional result.
Fit the 2×4 legs to the sides of the park bench and align them, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the bench. Moreover, as you can easily notice in the plans, you need to lean the bench for about 5 degrees, for a more comfortable seating. However, you can make adjustments to suit your needs.
Continue the backyard bench project by cutting the armrests. Mark the cut lines on the 1×4 slats and then get the job done with a jigsaw. You can even you 1×6 slats for the armrests and cut out a hole for beverages.
Center the armrests to the top of the side legs and then lock them into place with 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Make sure you countersink the head of the screws, so you get a professional result. Round the exposed edges with a router, for a professional result.
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 so you enhance the look of the bench and to protect the wood from decay.
This garden bench is 5′ wide and it features a distinctive look. If you want to build a matching porch swing with center console, make sure you take a look over the plans HERE.
This bench is a great addition to any patio or garden, as it features a beautiful design and a really comfortable seating. If you build this bench, I would love to see it, so don’t forget to share a few images!
Top Tip: Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my outdoor furniture plans, as there are so many designs and ideas you can choose from.
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