Patio Bench Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about patio bench plans. If you want to learn more about building a bench with backrest, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are so many bench plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the related woodworking projects that are featured on our website.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the patio bench to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Patio Bench Plans

Building a patio bench

Building a patio bench

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×16 lumber – 35″ long LEGS
  • B – 1 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 43″ long STRETCHER
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long SLATS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building a patio bench

Building the bench legs

Building the bench legs

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the legs for the patio bench. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×16 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slat and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues.

 

Attaching the seat slats

Attaching the seat slats

 

Continue the woodworking project by attaching the 2×6 seat slats to the legs. Cut the legs at the right size and smooth the edges. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure you leave no gaps between the components and check if the corners are right-angled. Use a spirit level to plumb the legs before inserting the screws.

 

Attaching the back supports

Attaching the back supports

 

Next, attach the 2×6 slats to the back rest of the bench. Drill pilot holes through the slats, after aligning them at both ends. Insert 2 1/2″ screws into the back supports and add glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints.

 

Fitting the stretcher

Fitting the stretcher

 

In order to enhance the rigidity of the bench structure, we recommend you to fit a 2×4 stretcher between the legs of the bench. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretcher and secure it to the legs by using  2 1/2″ screws. Place a spirit level over the stretcher to make sure it is perfectly horizontal. Check if the corners are square and add glue to the joints.

 

Patio bench plans

Patio bench plans

 

Last but not least, you need to take care of the final touches. Therefore, you need fill all the holes with a good filler and let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Clean the residues with a dry cloth, before staining the chalkboard with the appropriate products for your tastes and needs.

 

 

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