Every garden could use a couple of more locations to sit. Possibly you have an isolated nook that could take advantage of a simple perch for visitors to rest on, or possibly your community barbecues have actually outgrown your outdoor patio set. In either case, a simple homemade garden bench is a fitting service.
This classic little 4-foot-long bench is low-cost and easy to build with just a couple of standard tools. It costs less than $30 in materials and will take about an hour to construct. And I think that when you see the result, you'll want to make half a lots more.
For the tapered ends of the face boards, use a speed square to mark off 45-degree triangles on each end of the 1x6s. To make the cutouts in the legs, mark a triangle in the center of the bottom edge of each 2 × 12. Utilizing the speed square as a guide, eliminated the triangles (photo); if you're utilizing a circular saw, you'll need to finish cutting the leg notches with a handsaw.
2|Connect the fastening bars
On one side of each leg, position an attaching bar flush with the top of the board, and connect it with two 2 1/2- inch-long screws, roughly 1 1/2 inches from each end.
3|Area the legs, and connect the face boards
Rest both leg boards on their sides on a flat work surface, with the securing bars dealing with each other. Location a face board on the side of the legs, and adjust the leg spacing so that the shorter edge of the face board is flush with the exterior of each leg. Connect the face board to the legs with 1 3/4- inch-long Tuinmeubelen screws. Flip the legs over, and attach the second face board in the very same style.
4|Position the seat and legs
Place the 2x8s side by side on your work surface, and use the edge of the speed square to produce a space in between the boards. Make sure the ends of the boards line up perfectly. Lay the leg assembly on the seat boards, upside down, and center it.
5|Secure the legs to the seat
Connect the leg assembly to the seat boards by screwing through the attaching bars to the seat boards with 4 2 1/2- inch-long screws on each side.
6|Dress it up
I chose a semitransparent, weatherproofing, Bordeaux-colored stain to produce a pop of color in my garden. You could utilize any color you like, or let the bench weather condition naturally.
Make it last
You need to get years of usage out of this bench without much fuss. But like all wooden outdoor furniture, it won't last forever; the wood will eventually weaken. Wood's worst enemy is moisture, and the bench is most vulnerable where the legs are available in contact with the damp ground. To make the bench last longer, just put a little paver under each of the legs.