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 perhaps your community barbecues have actually outgrown your patio set. In either case, a basic homemade garden bench is a fitting service.
This timeless little 4-foot-long bench is affordable and simple to construct with simply a few fundamental tools. It costs less than $30 in products and will take about an hour to build. And I believe that as soon as you see the result, you'll desire to make half a dozen 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, cut out the triangles (picture); if you're utilizing a circular saw, you'll need to complete cutting the leg notches with a handsaw.
2|Connect the fastening bars
On one side of each leg, position a securing bar flush with the top of the board, and connect it with two 2 1/2- inch-long screws, around 1 1/2 inches from each end.
3|Space the legs, and attach the face boards
Rest both leg boards on their sides on a flat work surface area, with the attaching bars facing 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. Connect the face board to the legs with 1 3/4- inch-long screws. Flip the legs over, and attach the second face board in the exact same style.
4|Position the seat and legs
Location the 2x8s side by side on your work surface, and use the edge of the speed square to create a gap between the boards. Ensure completions of the boards line up completely. Lay the leg assembly on the seat boards, upside down, and center it.
5|Protect the legs to the seat
Connect the leg assembly to the seat boards by screwing through the fastening bars to the seat boards with four 2 1/2- inch-long screws on each side.
6|Dress it up
I selected a semitransparent, weatherproofing, Bordeaux-colored stain to produce a pop of color in my garden. You might utilize any color you like, or let the bench weather Tuinhout 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 permanently; the wood will eventually deteriorate. Wood's worst enemy is wetness, and the bench is most susceptible where the legs come in contact with the moist ground. To make the bench last longer, simply place a small paver under each of the legs.