How To Build A Bench: Build It In An Afternoon!


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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire... Isn't this bench perfect for around a fire pit? Imagine yourself on a cold night roasting marshmallows and making smores. The sloped seat and backrest make this easy-to-build bench comfortable to sit in and perfect for a backyard. Detailed, clear photos show construction details.

TIME: One dayCOMPLEXITY: Moderate

Bench Design Step by Step

Photo 1: Cut the parts

Cut out the bench parts following the measurements in Figure A. Use a square to guide the circular saw for accurate, square cuts. Cut 45-degree angles on the ends of the seat and back supports 1 in. down from the ends as shown (also see Photos 4 and 5).

The beauty of this cedar bench isn't just that it's easy to assemble and inexpensive—it's that it's so doggone comfortable. You can comfortably sit on your custom-fit bench for hours, even without cushions. In this story, we'll show you how to build the bench and how to adjust it for maximum comfort.

Sloping the back and the seat is the secret to pain-free perching on unpadded flat boards. But not all bodies are the same, and it's a rare piece of furniture that everyone agrees is seatworthy. This bench has a bolted pivot point where the back and seat meet that lets you alter the backrest and seat slopes to fit your build during one of the final assembly steps (Photo 10). The materials are inexpensive, and cutting and assembly will only take about three hours. Follow the step-by-step photo series for details on the simple construction.

Figure A: Bench Parts

All the pieces for this bench design are cut from eight 8-ft. long boards. (A larger, PDF version of Figure A is available in Additional Information, below.)

Build it from eight 8-ft. long boards

Photo 2: Fasten leg brace to legs

Fasten the leg brace to the legs 3 in. above the bottom ends. Angle the 3-in. screws slightly to prevent the screw tips from protruding through the other side. Hold the brace 1/2 in. back from the front edge of the front leg. Use a square to make sure the brace and legs are at exact right angles.

Photo 3: Complete the front leg

Align the second part of the front leg with the first one using a square and screw it to the leg brace as shown.

Photo 4: Add the seat support

Slip the seat support between the two front legs, positioning it as shown. Drive a single 3-in. screw through the front leg into the seat support.

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