Outdoor Bench Plans

How to build a wooden bench from old fence boards

These outdoor bench plans will show you how to build your own wooden bench. I built this wooden outdoor bench from several cedar fence boards that I salvaged while replacing my 20-year-old privacy fence. I like the idea of using recycled building materials for my woodworking projects. Not only do you save money, while creating one-of-a-kind wood crafts, you also keep perfectly good building materials out of the landfill.

Rustic Bench Plans

Note: The fence boards used in these plans were almost exactly 4 inches wide and 3/4 inches thick. The material list and bench plan dimensions take this into account. Verify your own material dimensions and make any necessary adjustments to the plan, before you start cutting the pieces.

Outdoor Bench Plans (Materials List)

Description Size Quantity
Frame (front and back) 1x4x48 4
Frame (sides and center) 1x4x21 8
Frame blocking 1x4x8 8
Two-Piece Legs (front) 1x4x23.25 4
Legs/Back Supports 1x4x32 3
Rear Side-legs 1x4x16.5 2
Seat 1x4x51 6*
Back 1x4x51 4
Tapered Seat Back See diagrams 3
Seat Cap 1x4x51 1
Rear Arm Rest Supports 1x4x6 2
Arm Rests 1x4x21 2

* To provide about 1 1/2" of seat-board overhang on the front of the bench, I made the finished depth of the frame 22 1/2" deep, so that once attached to the frame, the six 4-inch wide seat boards (measuring a total of 24 inches) would produce the planned 1 1/2" overhang.

Note: I used 16-gauge 2-inch galvanized Porter Cable finish nails to attach all of the pieces of this outdoor wooden bench. Once the bench was completely assembled, I reinforced the corners and structural pieces with 2" wood screws as indicated in the drawings. It is perfectly acceptable to use other fasteners to build this bench, as you might wish to do.

Building the Outdoor Bench Plans

Assemble the two box sections of the frame using the materials indicated in the materials list and in the diagrams below.

Rustic Bench
Step 1 - Assemble the Frame

Place one section on top of the other and secure them together using the eight 8-inch frame blocking pieces placed on the inside corners of the two sections (see diagram above).

Rustic Bench
Step 2 - Add the Legs and Back Supports

Attach the front and rear legs, plus the back supports to the frame as indicated in the drawing above, and as indicated in the bench elevations near the bottom of this page.

Rustic Bench Plans
Step 3 - Add the Seat-boards and Tapered Back-Supports

Add the seat-boards starting from the rear of the bench frame, working towards the front of the bench.  Center each board so that the overhang is equal on both sides.

Once the seat-boards are secured, add the tapered back pitch-boards to the back supports as shown in the diagram above, and the side view below.

Next, add the 1x4 backrest boards to the tapered backrest framing, without any space between them, starting at the bottom just above the seat-boards.  Leave an equal amount of overhang on each side of the bench.

Note that the top 1x4 may need to be ripped to size so that it does not extend above the back of the bench framing.

Next, add the 1x4 cap to the top of the backrest, holding it flush with the backrest boards, as shown in the diagrams.

Outdoor Bench Plans - Elevations

Rustic Bench
Side View

Rustic Bench
Front View

Rustic Bench
Back View

Finally, attach the two 6-inch rear armrest supports to the face of the backrest boards.  Next, attach the two armrest boards as shown in the diagrams.

Rustic Bench

The Texas Flag

The Texas flag is probably one of the easiest U.S. flags to draw.  Basically, all of the rectangles that make up the flag are proportionally the same size.  They are each twice as long as they are wide.  The diameter of the 5-point star is 3/4 of the width of the blue section, and centered from top to bottom.  The white section is above the red section.

What next?

Leave outdoor bench plans and visit our home page.


Facebook Link
Pinterest Link