This step by step diy project is about tree bench plans. If you are trying to make an upgrade to your garden design, building a hexagonal bench around a tree might be the right choice. In this tutorial, I show you free plans on how to build the tree bench using common materials and super basic tools. You can even get the job done with hand tools! Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. 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 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.
Projects made from these plans
Tree Bench Plans
- A – 12 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 18″ long LEGS
- B – 12 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17″ long BRACES
- C – 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 41″ long, 6 pieces – 34 3/4″ long, 6 pieces – 28 1/4″ long SEAT SLATS
- D – 6 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 41 3/4″ long TRIMS
How to build a bench around a tree
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the tree bench. Cut the legs from 4×4 lumber and then attach the 2×4 lumber supports. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws, so you can assemble the base parts.
After building the legs for the bench around a tree, you need to lay them around the trunk. Remember that the final alignment will be made when fitting the seat slats to the legs. This is a rough sketch, so you can understand where the legs will be located under the tree bench.
Use 2×6 lumber for the seat slats. Make 30 degree cuts to both ends of the slats and then smooth the edges with 120-220 grit sandpaper.
Fit the slats over the legs and then leave no gaps between them. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to make sure the joints between the seat slats fall to the middle of the legs. Drill pilot holes and then insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 2×4 braces.
After installing all the seat slats, you need to attach the 1×6 trims to the front of the hexagonal tree bench. Make 30 degree bevel cuts to both ends of the trims and then lock them into place with 2″ brad nails or 1 5/8″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper, after the fill gets dry. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components, so you can protect the components from decay and to enhance the look of the tree bench.
Remember that you can easily adjust the size of the bench according to the diameter of the tree trunk. With little adjustments you can use my free bench plans around any tree out there. Don’t forget to SHARE these plans with your friends, to keep the ball rolling. Letting others know about my work helps me add even more free plans. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.
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