Bench materials and assembly
Photo 1: Cut the angles
Starting at one end of a 10-ft. board, make the same 22-1/2-degree cut five times to create the four legs.
Photo 2: Assemble the legs
Clamp the seat and back to the workbench as a stop, then predrill, glue and screw the rear legs to the front legs.
Need outdoor seating in a hurry? This simple bench, based on author and ecologist Aldo Leopold's classic design, can be constructed in a couple of hours. All it takes is two boards and 18 screws, for a cost of less than $25.
Cut the legs from a 2×8 x 10-ft. piece of rot-resistant wood (Photo 1). Cut the seat and backrest from an 8-ft. 2×8.
Lay out and assemble the sides as mirror images, using the seat and back pieces for alignment (Photo 2). Join the legs with three 2-1/2-in. deck screws and construction adhesive. Predrill all the screw holes with a countersink bit to avoid splitting the wood. Finally, set the sides up parallel to each other and glue and screw the seat and back into place. Finish the bench with a coat of exterior oil or stain.
A Cutting List is available in Additional Information below.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Circular saw
- Countersink drill bit
- Speed square
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 2-1/2-in. deck screws
- Construction adhesive
- Exterior finish