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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
bullet 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
arrow 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
the back of the bench Step 8: Assemble the back

Make up the back comprising of the two rear legs, the upper backrest rail, the lower backrest rail and the rear rail.

The grooves in the upper backrest rail fit into the cut-outs in the top of the rear legs. Once fitted, they can be nailed.

Refer to the drawing below for detail on where to fix the lower backrest rail, the rear rail and a seat support.

back rail fixing detail

Nail the lower backrest rail in place and then screw one of the seat supports to it, 1 1/4" down from the top.

the bench front assembly Step 9: Assemble the front

Fix the front rail to the two front legs.

Use the pictures as a guide.
front rail fixing detail

park seat frame Step 10: Join the front to the back

Align the front portion of the bench frame above the back portion, and hold it in position with props and clamps (see photo).

Ensure the alignment is correct and that the lower part of the rear legs are parallel with the front legs, and then nail the side rails to the rear legs.

Leave the clamps on until the shaped braces have been fixed in place.

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