Every garden could use a couple of more locations to sit. Possibly you have a remote nook that could benefit from an easy perch for visitors to rest on, or maybe your area barbecues have actually outgrown your patio set. In either case, a basic homemade garden bench is a fitting solution.
This timeless little 4-foot-long bench is economical and simple to construct with simply a few fundamental tools. It costs less than $30 in materials and will take about an hour to develop. And I believe that once you see the outcome, you'll wish 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, around 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 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 exterior of 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, and use the edge of the speed square to produce a space in between the boards. Make sure 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
Connect the leg assembly to the seat boards by screwing through the attaching bars to the seat boards with 4 2 1/2- inch-long screws on each side.
6|Gown it up
I chose a Hout kopen 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 condition 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 deteriorate. Wood's worst enemy is moisture, and the bench is most vulnerable 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.