This step by step article is about how to build a deck bench. If you want to enhance the look of your deck and to transform it in a great place to relax or to have endless discussions with your friends, you should consider a deck bench. Generally speaking, you could choose from many designs and shapes, making your decision a real challenge. Nevertheless, this project is a about a straight forward bench without a back support, that can be built by any amateur handyman. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, you have to know the basic woodworking techniques and buy quality materials.
In order to build a deck bench, you need the following:
- 4×4 lumber – POSTS
- 2×6 lumber – BRACES
- 2×4 lumber – SIDES
- 2×6 lumber – TRIMS & SLATS
- 4” carriage bolts – BOLTS
- 2-3” screws – DECK SCREWS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jig saw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Router and 1/4 bit
- Smooth the edges of the wooden boards, with a router
- Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
- Countersink the head of the screws
- Don’t use lumber that is likely to crack or shrink
- Don’t over-tighten the screws to prevent the wood from splitting
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How to build deck benches
First of all, you have to build the 4×4 posts, that will support the deck bench. Plumb the post with a spirit level and lock it with several C-clamps, before driving in the screws.
Afterwards, build the 2×6 braces and install them into place, as in the image. In order to build a deck seat with a neat look, we recommend you to cut V-shaped braces. Level the top of the braces with a spirit level, before lock it into place with 3” galvanized screws.
Continue the woodworking project by installing the 2×4 sides of the bench. Align the ends of the boards accurately and lock it into place with 3” screws. As you can see in the image, you have to drill pilot holes in the lumber, otherwise the wood might split.
Work with great care, if you want to obtain a professional result. Countersink the head of the screws, before inserting them in the holes.
Next, you have to install the 2×6 seat slats, in order to get the job done. Cut the boards at the right size and install them into place with screws. Pre-drill both ends of the slats and lock them into position with galvanized screws.
Afterwards, you should fill the gaps with wood putty and let the compound dry out properly. Sand the surface with medium grit sandpaper and clean the surface with a dry cloth.
If you want to get an unique design, you have to round the exposed edges with a router and 1/4” bit. Apply several coats of wood stain, along the wood grain, in order to protect the lumber from wood decay.
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