2 hr camp benches (leopold style)

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Project by gridlockd posted 09-23-2019 04:02 PM 1216 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another ‘quick and dirty’ project! this one was practically free (minus the screws/fasteners). I had the deck boards left over from a previous project as well as the 2×12 pieces.
My kids were having some friends over to do smores and a campfire and we needed something quick and easy to put around the fire pit. instead of bag chairs i thought these might fit the bill. 2 benches in 2 hrs start to finish. I watched this video on youtube and kind of modified it to suit my needs. i changed the degree of the cut a bit and the materials and lengths of the lumber, but still the same design. I also added an addition cross brace that you can’t see in these pics to assist in stabilizing them side to side.
they’re really easy and suprisingly comfortable. i’ll be glad to share my modifications if anyone wants them, just hit me up.
also, i could see this being modified to utilize all natural joinery to make it a more attractive bench and eliminate the cost of screws if one were so inclined. just a thought.

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 09-23-2019 06:04 PM

I may have to make of couple of these to put around my yard. My getting older and beat up body could use them now and then. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 09-25-2019 12:43 PM

How about showing your angles and dimensions. Nice project!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 09-28-2019 05:06 PM

How about showing your angles and dimensions. Nice project!

- drbyte

Sorry for the delay, I added 3 more pics with a legend. here’s the dimensions I used. keep in mind, this can be modified to fit your needs. by my count you can make one bench from 12’ 5/4 deck board and a 3’ piece of 2×10 or 12. Also, you cuold make this 4’ long versus 3’ it should still be strong enough with the optional support.
A – 17 1/2” x 5/4 deck board
B – 33” x 5/4 deck board
C – 36” x 2×10 or 12
D – 38 1/4×5/4 deck board
E – 3” x 36” support (optional)

-- Gridlockd

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#4 posted 10-03-2019 08:01 PM

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