DIY Outdoor Bench With Back

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by Rogue Engineer
3 Materials
30 Minutes
With our backyard ice rink up and running this winter, an outdoor bench to take a break on was a priority project. I wanted to use this opportunity to come up with a design that would be easy and cheap to build, look good, and be comfortable. After doing some research I stumbled a design called the Leopold bench ( plans here) which was named after the conservationist Aldo Leopold who built them for birdwatching and nature photography.
I liked the simplicity of the Leopold Bench but wanted to modify the design a little by varying the angles to make it a little more comfortable and have a proper seat and back. So this is the design that I came up with.
Bench Dimensions
Steps:Cutting the Wood
Cutting the Taper
Assembling the Legs
Attaching the Seat and Back
Suggested materials:
  • Qty 4 – 2 x 8 x 8′ Pressure Treated Lumber
  • Untreated boards okay if painting or sealing.
  • 2-1/2″ Exterior Wood Screws
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  • Kay Treppard Kay Treppard on Feb 20, 2020

    Yes, I will. Will you give me the angle cuts, please. I always wanted them. Thank you.

  • Nicole Ashley Chuba Nicole Ashley Chuba on Jul 23, 2021

    The diagram makes this easy to approach for a first-time DIY-er. This is the perfect first project. Not to mention the price point is amazing for a bench!