Basic 5 Ft. Garden Bench

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Project by oldguy2 posted 04-11-2016 11:41 AM 1285 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

So I am not the greatest Photographer, funny it came out nice on my phone and it is so comfortable sitting to me. For the good and bad we wanted a nice bench for the fire ring. Thanks again to Steve Ramsey utube. But I made this 5 ft. and added more cross supports. The seat is 16 inch high which seems low in measurement but with pads will come up but I am 5ft 6 and was easy to get down to and kids will also sit on easy. I used pocket screws and extra screws thru the ends also tried a Gorilla glue that did not foam. very easy to work with. My slats are regular pine and also the back slats since this will be painted. I doubled the top back cross member with glue and screws for strength. also a short 1×3 centered joins all the back slats from behind to stiffen them, that took out any flex. Slats were 1×3 common pine so my cost was about $25 here in PA and the frame of pressure treated I had in left over 2×12 I made from two 6 ft. lengths ripped to 2×4 size on the Shopsmith. Then I hand planed many sharp edges thinking of where we would be in contact with the pressure wood. I covered the pocket screws on the inside of the arm area with the pocket dowels and they slipped in easy with glue. the test fit was worth it. again this will be painted. The top of the back was planned for 34 inch and my arm rests nicely on it when sitting. The photo on the bench shows making the end frames to match, checking settings, my bench is 29 by 60. at the far end a workmate held the Kreg jig for drilling. Now to get it outdoors to paint and use up the scrap I have boxed from the winter. pressure wood not to burn. Two simpler benches are needed for the fire ring….back to old plans and utube. Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-11-2016 02:11 PM

A fine looking bench. I’m sure it’ll serve you well sitting by the fire. Be sure and post pictures of the other benches when you get them made.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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