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How to build an
Old Style Park Bench
park bench seat
How to build an
Old Style Park Bench - ft and inch version
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For the metric (mm) version visit our sister website here
arrow Page 1: introduction and material list
bullet Page 2: Plans - the individual pieces
bullet Page 3: Plans - elevations and details
bullet Page 4: Instructions - making the legs
bullet Page 5: Instructions - making the arms
bullet Page 6: Instructions - the cut-outs
bullet Page 7: Instructions - back and front assembly
bullet Page 8: Instructions - seat boards and braces
bullet Page 9: Instructions - arms and back infill
bullet Page 10: User Photo/Comments
schematics of an old style park bench
bench at melborne zoo Introduction
The idea for this project came from a bench that I spotted in the zoo whilst on a trip to Melbourne, Australia (see picture to the right).
Although my version didn't look nearly as old or as rustic as the original, it still turned out to be a mighty bench!

Overall the bench is nearly 60" long, 35" high and a little over 30" deep.

The wood sizes
The dimensions given throughout this project are the finished (actual) sizes.
There are three stock sizes used in this project. They are 1 1/2" x 3 1/2", 1 1/2" x 5 1/2", and 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".

You will need
 Nominal size Actual size Used for Total amount
2" x 4" 1 1/2"x 3 1/2" lower backrest rail, seat support, side rails 13ft
2" x 6" 1 1/2"x 5 1/2" rear rail, front rail, rear legs, arms, seat boards 37ft
4" x 4" 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" front legs 40"
You will also need two of 8" long galvanized lag screws (coach screws), fifty of 2" wood screws, a handful of 4" galvanized nails, a handful of 3" galvanized nails, some exterior wood glue, and some type of decorative wrought iron or metal pattern for the infill at the back of the bench.

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