Every garden could use a few more locations to sit. Possibly you have a remote nook that could gain from an easy perch for visitors to rest on, or possibly your neighborhood barbecues have outgrown your patio set. In either case, a basic homemade garden bench is a fitting service.
This timeless little 4-foot-long bench is economical and easy to construct with simply a few standard tools. It costs less than $30 in materials and will take about an hour to develop. And I believe that when you see the outcome, you'll want to make half a dozen more.
For the tapered ends of the face boards, utilize 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. Using the speed square as a guide, eliminated the triangles (photo); if you're using a circular saw, you'll require to end up cutting the leg notches with a handsaw.
2|Attach the securing bars
On one side of each leg, position a fastening bar flush with the top of the board, and attach it with two 2 1/2- inch-long screws, roughly 1 1/2 inches from each end.
3|Area the legs, and attach the face boards
Rest both leg boards on their sides on a flat work surface, with the attaching bars dealing with each other. Place a face board on the side of the legs, and adjust the leg spacing so that the much shorter edge of the face board is flush with the beyond each leg. Attach the face board to the legs with 1 3/4- inch-long screws. Flip the legs over, and attach the 2nd face board in the very same style.
4|Position the seat and legs
Place the 2x8s side by side on your work surface, Tuinhout and use the edge of the speed square to produce a space in between the boards. Make certain 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
Attach the leg assembly to the seat boards by screwing through the securing bars to the seat boards with 4 2 1/2- inch-long screws on each side.
6|Gown it up
I picked a semitransparent, weatherproofing, Bordeaux-colored stain to create a pop of color in my garden. You could use any color you like, or let the bench weather naturally.
Make it last
You must get years of usage out of this bench without much difficulty. However like all wood outside furnishings, it will not last permanently; the wood will ultimately degrade. Wood's worst opponent is wetness, and the bench is most susceptible where the legs can be found in contact with the wet ground. To make the bench last longer, merely position a little paver under each of the legs.