Cedar Bench

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buildsomething added on 6/15/2015

Here’s the perfect pace to kick back and relax in your backyard. This bench is built from cedar for great looks that will last. Straightforward construction means it’s easy to build, too.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Create the Legs

Cut four Legs to length from a 4x4 board. After cutting the legs, cut a 45° bevel on the bottom end of each one, as shown. Then, with your jig set up for 1 1/2" stock, drill pocket holes in the Legs, as shown. When drilling the pocket holes, make sure to locate the holes in the proper leg faces. An easy way to ensure this is to stand all four legs in their final position before drilling, and mark the faces that need to be drilled.

TIP: PORTABLE POCKET HOLES

The 4x4s used for the Legs are too thick to fit into a standard benchtop-style pocket-hole jig. To drill these holes, you’ll need to use a portable pocket-hole jig or one that allows you to remove the guide block for portable use.

2

Cut the Top Rails

Cut two Top Rails to length from a 2x4 board, as shown in the cutting diagram.

3

Add Pocket Holes

With your jig set up for 1 1/2" stock, drill pocket holes in the Top Rails, as shown.

4

Cut the Bottom Rails

Cut two Bottom Rails to length from a 2x4 board, as shown in the cutting diagram.

5

Add Pocket Holes

With your jig set up for 1 1/2" stock, drill pocket holes in the Bottom Rails, as shown.

6

Assemble the Ends

After sanding the Legs and the Rails smooth, assemble them using 2 1/2" exterior-rated pocket-hole screws to create two leg assemblies.

7

Cut the Side Rails

Cut two Side Rails to length from a 2x4 board, as shown in the cutting diagram.

8

Add Pocket Holes

With your jig set up for 1 1/2" stock, drill pocket holes in the Side Rails, as shown.

9

Cut the Stretcher

Cut one Stretcher to length from a 2x4 board, as shown in the cutting diagram.

10

Add Pocket Holes

With your jig set up for 1 1/2" stock, drill pocket holes in the Stretcher, as shown.

11

Assemble the Rails and Stretchers

After sanding the Rails and Stretcher smooth, assemble them using 2 1/2" exterior-rated pocket-hole screws. Make sure that the pocket holes are all oriented in the proper direction for attaching the Seat Slats later.

12

Complete the Bench Base

Now you can complete the bench base by attaching the end assemblies to the rail/stretcher assembly using glue and 2 1/2" exterior-rated pocket-hole screws. Make sure as you do this that the pocket holes in the Rails and Stretcher are all oriented in the proper direction for attaching the Seat Slats later.

13

Cut the Seat Slats

Cut five Seat Slats to length from 2x6 boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then sand the Slats smooth before installation.

14

Attach the Seat Slats and Finish

Lay out the Seat Slats face down on a flat surface with all of the ends aligned, and then position the bench base on the Slats. Make sure that the Slats overhang equally on each end, and equally on the sides, as well. Then attach the bench base to the slats using 2 ½" exterior-rated pocket hole screws. When done, protect your bench with a couple of coats of exterior stain or finish.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 4x4, 96", Board  
(3) 2x4, 96", Board  
(5) 2x6, 96", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(4) Legs, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 16"  
(2) Bottom End Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 18"  
(2) Top End Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 18"  
(1) Stretcher, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 22"  
(2) Side Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 55 1/2"  
(5) Seat Slats, 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 65"  

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