Cost Effective Outdoor Bench

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Project by Aaron posted 09-14-2013 05:01 PM 948 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After walking through a few home stores with the fiance looking for a nice patio bench to enjoy the beautiful upcoming New England fall weather with, we found ourselves shocked at the overly high prices. After seeing even the most basic benches go for $250 plus, I finally was able to convince her that she should let me build one instead.

Using parts of a simple plan that I found online, I set out to build the bench for under $100. First stop was the lumberyard, grabbed a few 8ft 2×4’s and some 1×6 knotty pine. Cut the parts to length, pre drilled, then glued and screwed with deck screws. For a nice added touch I chamfered the front edges of the arm rests, then used my trusty hand plane to break the edges of the exposed 1×6 pine slats on the seat and back rest. After a hand sanding, I was ready for a weatherproofing sealer. I was told to really go to town with the stuff, so I brushed on 4-5 coats. This led to some drips and dark spots where the sealer rose above the wood. Next time 1.5 coats.

One part that I found to be tricky came when I had to make 3 angled rips on the 2×6 supports that allowed the back rest to be comfortably angled back (no photos unfortunately). To even out the cuts that I made using a jig saw, I clamped the three pieces together and used a hand plane to get them exactly flush. It actually turned out really well. Love the satisfaction in accomplishing something using hand tools only!

Grand total came to be $65; $30 in lumber, $15 in stain/sandpaper, and $20 for cushions (found on sale at Big Lots).

Project == accomplished.

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 05:03 PM

Good project. I enjoyed my first cup of cider and half dozen apple fritters of the fall season this mornin. Fall in new england. Ohh yea.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 05:24 PM

+1000 to that one.

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 06:08 PM

Very nice bench and looks comfy. It is way better than store bought ones in quality and in price. Well done!

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