It’s that time of year, time to start working on outdoor projects! Today I’m participating in a Great Outdoors Challenge, spruce up your outdoor space!
I’ve been wanting to add a cute little bench to my garden area for a while. This outdoor garden bench only cost me about $13 to build and only requires 1 board! Love when projects are super budget friendly.
How to Build an Outdoor Garden Bench
- 1 – 2″ x 12″ x 8′ board (actual 1 1/2″ x 11 1/4″)
- 2 1/2″ screws (I prefer self tapping, like Kreg screws or deck screws)
- wood glue
- paint/stain/top coat
Cut the 2×12 into the increments shown above: 1 x 48″, 2 x 13 1/2″, 4 x 4 1/2″ (two of the 4 1/2″ trim the length to 10 1/4″).
Download and print out the Leg Pattern. Make sure to print it at 100%, not fit to page. Line up, tape the pattern together and cut it out. Trace the pattern onto the 13 1/2″ pieces.
Attach the 4 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ pieces to the top of the legs with wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws. I found it easiest to center the boards, then clamp in place while I added the screws.
On the bench seat, mark over 4″ from each end. Use wood glue and attach the legs to the bench with 2 1/2″ screws.
Sand the bench, rounding over and sharp edges.
I left the bench all-natural for a little while until I decided what color to stain it. What color will you make yours?
Paint or stain as desired. If the bench is going outside, add a few coats of polyurethane or any type of sealer that you like. I decided to try out Minwax color stain in Island Water.
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