Rustic Outdoor Bench

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thecreatedhome added on 1/9/2017

A simple rustic outdoor bench small enough to fit on cozy porches. This can be made inexpensively with new lumber, or basically free with a little roadside hunting. All it takes is a few basic tools, a couple of hours, and, of course, some pocket holes.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Step 1

Start by tracing the template onto the two 32″ 2×6 pieces. The template doesn’t show the notch where the seat comes in. Make that at 17 1/2″ from the bottom. Cut the pieces out using a jigsaw or bandsaw. Cut the middle piece using a miter saw or jigsaw. Trace the second template onto a 17 1/2″ section of 2×6 (twice, one for each leg).


Step 1.5

Be sure to have them oriented the way you want them to show.


Step 2

Add pocket holes for the seats at the top. It’s crowded, but I also pocket-holed the leg pieces together at the top. Add a couple more pocket holes where the stretcher will be, about 7 or so inches up from the bottom. If you put the pocket holes in just the middle board they will actually meet at the ends. This doesn’t hinder your ability to use the pocket holes going both directions, and it makes it so the stretcher board will entirely hide the holes.


Step 3

Attach the stretcher via pocket holes from the underside. A second person is really useful to hold everything in place while you drill that second side, by the way.


Step 4

Adjust the notches as needed so the backer sits snuggly. Run some glue in the notch and clamp it up tight for a bit.


Step 5

One final detail: If you built this thing out of salvaged wood you will have fresh cut areas that will need some masking. You can use a little steel wood and vinegar concoction or some gray stain. I ran some Weatherwood Reclamation Stain on it because I had some in the cupboard and I love it. Whether you made it out of salvage boards or shiny new lumber, set that beauty outside and let the elements do their thing. Gray is beautiful, folks.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 2x6, 96", Board  
(1) 2x8, 36", Board  
(1) 2x4, 24", Board  


Parts/Cut List:

(2) bench seat and backer, 2" x 6" x 30"  
(2) back post/leg, 2" x 6" x 32"  
(1) seat, 2" x 8" x 30"  
(1) stretcher, 2" x 4" x 15"  
(4) legs, 2" x 6" x 17 1/2"  


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