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How to make a Simple Garden Seat

A great easy woodworking project

DIY garden seat
A seat built by Tokar Gabor from this plan

Plans and instructions ft & inches version
Plans and instructions metric (mm) version
User photos
User comments

This is the ft & inches version version.

A great garden bench seat project for just about any skill level. Over the course of time that this project has been online, many a novice woodworker has noted his or her enjoyment of building it. We thank those that have taken the time to share with us their comments along with a photo or two of their handiwork.
The user photos and comments are well worth a peek and could prove most helpful if you are considering starting the project.

Let's start
Following, is the materials list, the plans, and the instructions.

Materials required:

The lumber sizes referred to in this project are the nominal sizes. The nominal size of a piece of lumber is the size of the lumber before it is dressed or seasoned and is the size generally referred to when purchasing from the lumber yard. The actual size, or dressed size of the lumber will be less than the nominal size. For example, a piece of 2x4 lumber when dressed may be 1 1/2"x 3 1/2" actual size. Please make necessary allowances.

All the lumber used in this project is 2x4 stock suitable for exterior use.

You will need......
2x4 lumber suitable for exterior use :   60 ft (allowing for wastage).
8 only 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts 4 1/2" long.
2 only 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts 6" long.
2.5 lb 3 1/2" galvanized flathead nails.

Below are the precise sizes and angle cuts of every piece of lumber required to construct the garden seat.   Always cut the longer pieces first and then cut the shorter lengths from the off cuts.

All the lumber illustrated below is 2x4 stock

garden seat member a
garden seat member b
garden seat member c
garden seat member d
garden seat member e
garden saet member f

Garden seat plans

Fig.1 side view

garden seat side elevation

Fig.2 front view

garden seat front elevation

Garden seat assembly instructions

step 1:
Cut all pieces of timber to lengths and angles as shown above.
All angle cuts are 10 degrees off square.

step 2:
Lay out one of the end frames flat on the ground with the two legs (A) first, followed by the leg brace (B) and the seat support (D) on top of the two legs, and then the back support (E) on top of that. Position as shown in the plan ensuring all ends are flush. (refer fig.1 in the plan)

step 3:
Hold the frame in place with clamps and drill and bolt all adjoining pieces. (4 only 1/2" bolts at 4 1/2" long and 1 only 1/2" bolt at 6" long.) That's the first end frame complete.

step 4:
Make up the second end frame in the same way as described in step 1 and 2 but as a mirror image of the first.

step 5:
Stand up both frames and nail the spreader (C) in place. See fig.1 & 2 in the plan.

step 6:
Commence nailing the seat slats (F) to the seat frames beginning with the first slat flush with the front edges of the legs and overhanging the sides of the legs by 6". see fig.2 in the plan.
Continue nailing the rest of the slats to the seat frames, spreading them out evenly (approx 3/8" gap between slats.)
Constantly check that all slats are overhanging the seat frames by the same amount and that the seat frames are square and parallel.
Nail with 3 1/2" galvanized flathead nails.

Done! eazy as:)

Plans and instructions ft & inches version
Plans and instructions metric (mm) version
User photos
User comments

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