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Natural Wood DIY Garden Bench Tutorial


Our garden bench project is not only something doable, but results in a lasting gift or garden decor that will be cherished for years to come. Leaving the edges of the wood natural makes it a perfect outdoor accent for any style garden, porch, entry, or home.
Though it may seem difficult, with the right tools it's a project for people with basic to intermediate woodworking skills and we provide you with a step-by-step tutorial, complete with a video, in full on our site! Here's the basics of what we did-
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Our bench is made from cherry, but no matter what wood you choose to use, the process is basically the same- you need a top and two legs. Most garden benches are between 16 and 20 inches tall; however, you can choose a different height if you wish.
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Cutting wood: I cut the legs from the same piece of cherry so our height was determined by that amount of wood I had on hand. Our seat is 44 inches long and the legs are 16 3/4 inches long (cutting the parts from the same piece of wood allows you to carry the color and grain across the piece making for a more aesthetically pleasing bench).
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Making square: If the boards you are working with are not out-of-square too much, you may be able to sand them square. In our case it would have taken considerable effort to sand it square, so I opted to use a portable planer.
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You have several options for attaching the legs to the seat. I used dowels and wood glue which work really well and minimizes screws, nails, or other materials to keep everything as natural as possible.
I assembled the legs and seat with wood glue and clamped until the glue dried. Note that I did not place the legs at 90 degrees to the seat as is typical. Angling them gives the bench a more natural appeal and adds lots of interest to a DIY garden bench.
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The next step is attaching a brace between the legs. It is a bit easier if your legs are 90 degrees to the seat; however, in this case they were not which makes it a little more challenging. I simply angled the brace and slid into position and then used pocket screws to attach the brace, covering them with angled dowels.
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I used a natural clear stain to bring out the wood grain and then finished it with several coats of poly to protect it.
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Mary and I loved the way it turned out; a beautiful DIY garden bench for the yard or your front porch!
Get the full tutorial with all the steps at the link below:

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