Build this budget-friendly outdoor bench using two-by-fours. Fun & easy weekend woodworking project!
Make this cool bench for your yard or garden out of seven 2x4s.
Cut the seat slats first. Sand them before doing anything else because you won’t be able to sand them later when the slats are joined together.
Measure each seat board. Then drill holes on either side of each slat as you prepare to insert the dowels that will hold them all together.
Because dowels are frequently inconsistent in diameter, drill a hole in a scrap piece of wood and bring it to the store with you when you’re buying your dowels. The scrap will act as a test to be sure that the dowels you buy will fit the holes you’ve drilled.
Paint or stain the sides of each seat slat before you begin putting the seat together. You won’t be able to paint between the slats later because they’ll be too close together for your brush to fit.
Slide the dowels through the seat board. Secure them with a screw on each end of the bench.
Use a scrap piece of quarter-inch MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to space out your slats evenly, and then screw them all into the dowel one by one.
Paint all the hidden areas of the wood before you screw the end pieces on.
Assemble the legs and prepare to attach them.
Add a cross piece between the legs for stability.
Use pocket screws to secure the legs and the cross piece.
Paint the rest of your bench . . . And have a seat!
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