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How to Make Garden Benches

By Jack S. Waverly ; Updated September 21, 2017

Garden benches are good decorative items for any type of garden. Benches are also a useful item for setting plants or tools on when you work in the garden, or to rest on during a long day of gardening. To make a garden bench you need eight pieces of wood, nails, screws, stain and an afternoon of time to complete the project. You can make several garden benches by multiplying the number of required pieces by the number of benches wanted. Make all the measurements and cuts together to save time.

Build the seat frame. Use the 2-by-4-by-12-inch boards and the 2-by-4-by-54-inch boards to form a rectangle. Set the boards so the 2-inch sides face up and down.

Glue the ends of the 2-by-4-by-12-inch boards to the sides of the 2-by-4-by-54-inch boards at either end of the longer boards. Brace the four corners with bricks or blocks to allow the glue to grab onto the wood and dry. Let the glue dry before you nail the boards into place.

Hammer two nails through the sides of the 2-by-4-by-5-inch boards into the ends of the 2-by-4 -by-12-inch boards; this completes the seat frame.

Attach the seat. Lay out the two 2-by-6-by-60-inch boards side by side, even up the ends. Measure 3 inches from each end of both boards. Mark the spot and draw a line across the 6-inch side. Lay the seating frame on top of the 5-foot boards. Set the frame between the lines drawn on the boards. You should have a 3-inch overlay on both ends. Remove the frame and apply a line of glue across the 5-foot boards just inside both sets of lines. Put the frame back into position. Set bricks or blocks on top of the frame to hold it to the boards.

Flip the seat over after the glue has dried. Hammer two nails through each 5-foot board into the frame at both ends of the frame. You should have four nails across on each side of the frame.

Flip the seat over again to expose the underside. Place one of the 4-by-4-by-24-inch posts in each corner. Drill a screw through the frame into the two outer sides of the post. Repeat this with each post.

Flip the entire bench over to stand on the legs. Hammer three nails through the seat into the top of the legs.

Use the brush to apply stain to the entire garden bench. Cover all exposed sides with stain. Allow the stain to dry overnight. Apply a second coat to ensure an even covering.


Things You Will Need

  • 2 inch-by-6-inch-by-5-foot boards (2)
  • 2-by-4-by-54-inch boards (2)
  • 2-by-4-by-12-inch boards (2)
  • 4-by-4-by-24 inch posts (4)
  • Framing nails
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood stain
  • 2-inch wide soft bristle brush