Deck Bench

Step 3 Make the Frame For a seamless look, build bench out of existing decking material. Build bench to fit existing deck space or use as barrier at side of low deck. Start by cutting frame from 2x4s. With circular saw, cut two long boards for frame sides and six cross pieces. Sand edges smooth. When positioning center crosspieces, leave room for center legs between them, if bench is 8 feet long. Pre-drill and screw together frame. Pro Tip Frame should be four inches shorter than length of seat and four inches narrower than width of seat. Standard bench width is 16 inches.deck bench 1Make the Frame For a seamless look, build bench out of existing decking material. Build bench to fit existing deck space or use as barrier at side of low deck. Start by cutting frame from 2x4s. With circular saw, cut two long boards for frame sides and six cross pieces. Sand edges smooth. When positioning center crosspieces, leave room for center legs between them, if bench is 8 feet long. Pre-drill and screw together frame. Pro Tip Frame should be four inches shorter than length of seat and four inches narrower than width of seat. Standard bench width is 16 inches.deck bench 2Hi Aaron, We would recommend attaching the bench to the side railing of your deck. Attaching it to your deck from the bottom may not stay secure over time. If you are unable to attach the bench to the side railing, we suggest using large anchor screws with washers and screwing them up through the bottom of the deck and into the legs. -RRdeck bench 3Hi Aaron, We would recommend attaching the bench to the side railing of your deck. Attaching it to your deck from the bottom may not stay secure over time. If you are unable to attach the bench to the side railing, we suggest using large anchor screws with washers and screwing them up through the bottom of the deck and into the legs. -RRReplydeck bench 4Make the Frame For a seamless look, build bench out of existing decking material. Build bench to fit existing deck space or use as barrier at side of low deck. Start by cutting frame from 2x4s. With circular saw, cut two long boards for frame sides and six cross pieces. Sand edges smooth. When positioning center crosspieces, leave room for center legs between them, if bench is 8 feet long. Pre-drill and screw together frame.deck bench 5For a seamless look, build bench out of existing decking material. Build bench to fit existing deck space or use as barrier at side of low deck. Start by cutting frame from 2x4s. With circular saw, cut two long boards for frame sides and six cross pieces. Sand edges smooth. When positioning center crosspieces, leave room for center legs between them, if bench is 8 feet long. Pre-drill and screw together frame.deck bench 6Step 4 Add the Legs Cut legs out of 4x4s. If bench will sit against wall, cut back legs so that bench slopes 1-inch towards back to make seating more comfortable; if bench is free-standing, make legs even. Screw legs onto frame. Pro Tip Standard bench height is 16 inches; allow 1 inch for seat thickness. An 8-foot bench will need an extra set of legs in the center.deck bench 7Add the Legs Cut legs out of 4x4s. If bench will sit against wall, cut back legs so that bench slopes 1-inch towards back to make seating more comfortable; if bench is free-standing, make legs even. Screw legs onto frame. Pro Tip Standard bench height is 16 inches; allow 1 inch for seat thickness. An 8-foot bench will need an extra set of legs in the center.deck bench 8Step 5 Finish the Bench Out of 2x6s, cut leg bases the width of bench. Bolt bases to centers of legs with lag bolts. Using router, round ends and outer edges of outside seat boards. Using 2-inch screws, attach three seat boards to frame. Paint or stain bench to match deck.deck bench 9Finish the Bench Out of 2x6s, cut leg bases the width of bench. Bolt bases to centers of legs with lag bolts. Using router, round ends and outer edges of outside seat boards. Using 2-inch screws, attach three seat boards to frame. Paint or stain bench to match deck.deck bench 10Out of 2x6s, cut leg bases the width of bench. Bolt bases to centers of legs with lag bolts. Using router, round ends and outer edges of outside seat boards. Using 2-inch screws, attach three seat boards to frame. Paint or stain bench to match deck.deck bench 11Add the Legs Cut legs out of 4x4s. If bench will sit against wall, cut back legs so that bench slopes 1-inch towards back to make seating more comfortable; if bench is free-standing, make legs even. Screw legs onto frame.deck bench 12Cut legs out of 4x4s. If bench will sit against wall, cut back legs so that bench slopes 1-inch towards back to make seating more comfortable; if bench is free-standing, make legs even. Screw legs onto frame.deck bench 13Wrap a deck corner with planters. Box planters add architecture and foliage to a deck. When they are placed right, they can provide extra privacy and shade. Depending on what you plant, they can also add colorful flowers and lovely fragrances.deck bench 14This bench and planter (both built as part of our deck rehabilitation project from the March/April 2004 issue, p. 26) can be completed in an afternoon and require only basic woodworking skills. We used dimensional cedar for both projects, but any rot-resistant lumber (such as redwood, mahogany, teak or even pressure-treated pine) would work, and the only tools necessary are a circular saw, a jigsaw and a drill/driver.deck bench 15Building the bench To start the bench, first cut the 2×4 legs (A) and 1×4 spacers (B) to length as indicated in the cutting list. Assemble the sides by alternating 2×4 legs and 1×4 spacers. Start with a leg, apply waterproof glue (such as polyurethane glue) to one face, and use three 3-in. exterior-rated screws to fasten it to one of the 1×4 spacers.deck bench 16Once these 4 pieces of wood are attached to the sides of your bench, it is complete. Note the splintering wood, it is recommended to use a fine grit sandpaper and sand the bench smooth.deck bench 17Here is the finished product. The easy to build DIY wooden patio bench is as sturdy as a rock! If desired, you can either paint the bench or stain it with a wood stain that matches your patio. Also, it is best to use a wood sealer compound to keep it shielded from the elements.deck bench 18To build the planter, first cut all of the 2×4 parts to length as indicated in the cutting list, and cut the decorative profiles for the top rails (A) as you did for the bench. Use polyurethane glue and 3-in. exterior-rated screws to fasten the side rails (E) to the legs (C). Use glue and 3-in. screws to face-screw the top rails to the upper side rails. Then from beneath, drive 3-1/2-in. screws to toe-screw through the legs and into the top rails (photo 1).deck bench 19Elle, Yes it would be a good idea. If you are using a thicker piece of wood for the bench seating area it may not be necessary, but to be sure, a third support is a good idea. -RRdeck bench 20Elle, Yes it would be a good idea. If you are using a thicker piece of wood for the bench seating area it may not be necessary, but to be sure, a third support is a good idea. -RRReply

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