Easy Outdoor Bench

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Project by TheRookieJer posted 12-04-2011 03:59 AM 3178 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is was super easy outdoor bench I did for a friend. I used a bunch of 2X4 stock from the box store – I didn’t want to spend a lot on materials at all. It was quick and easy. Lots of wood glue and some 3 inch outdoor screws make this thing as solid as a tank. I painted it white and tried my hand at distressing. It went okay – not completely happy with how it looks, but my friend seemed to love it. Finished with a few coats of Spar Varnish from Lowes.

Again, as a complete beginner I am trying to get my feet wet with cutting stock to size, basic joints and simple finishing techniques. Overall, I’m glad I made it because it is being put to good use.

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeremy, Kingwood, Texas

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 04:16 AM

straight forward and simple is good
especially for outside

looks real nice

keep at it
you will enjoy the journey

and welcome to LJ’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 01:57 PM

The bench looks good and quite solid, something I would like to have for my own gardens. The great thing about woodworking is that every project teaches you something and you just keep on growing and learning. Starting with the basics is a good way to go.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 05:21 PM

I really like solid, square furniture like this. I think it looks great for an outdoor piece, my wife may be getting something very similar this spring!

for distressing outdoorsy stuffy I put a dark stain on first, let it dry, then white paint, let it dry, and then beat the hell out of it with a sander. Just a tip I’ve picked up. Regardless I think it looks awesome.

-- Steve

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