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Garden Benches

How To Build Garden Benches - Part 1

Part 2

Garden benches can enhance any landscape or gardening project and is a relatively easy woodworking home improvement project.

They provide a resting place where you can contemplate the world, read a novel, watch mother nature at work and if placed in a shady spot provide the perfect spot to doze off.

Most diy home handymen are capable of building garden benches from these plans. The following plans are designed to inspire your imagination. They do not have to be constructed exactly as depicted. They can be made higher, longer, and / or wider.

Garden Bench With Concrete Pedestal Support:

As shown in Figure 1, this garden bench provides a set of concrete bases or supports with 2 X 4 lumber for the seats and back rest. The seat and back rest lumber is easily attached and makes it convenient to replace these slats over time if they deteriorate.

This bench is designed to be left in place, as the concrete bench supports make it relatively heavy.

The lumber for the seats and back can be pressure treated, cedar or western red cedar. It should be painted or stained and a weatherproof finish should be applied to add to its longevity. The concrete can also be painted or stained with a concrete stain.

The bench can be lengthened by adding additional supports every 4' on centers.

Garden bench concrete supports and wood seat and back

Figure 1 - Garden bench concrete supports and wood seat and back

mold for concrete garden bench support

Figure 2 - Mold for concrete bench support

Construction:

  1. Build a mold to create the concrete bench supports as shown in Figure 2.

Note 1: Cover the insides of the 2 X 4's and bottom with a layer of Formica or other smooth laminate material. This will allow the concrete to come away from the mold easily once it has cured.

If you do not have any scrap laminate available, cover the insides with a couple of layers of wax paper that would be used in a kitchen.

  1. The front top vertical edge of the concrete support and the horizontal seat support have pieces of 1 X 2 imbedded in the concrete (see Figure 3) to provide an easy method to screw the 2 X 4 seat and back members to the concrete support.
woodworking plans

This will allow you to place the member in the mold as you are pouring the concrete, nail ends down and touching the base, and it will be in the correct position, centered in the mold and hence the support.

placement of embedded wood inserts in concrete bench support

Figure 3 - 1 X 2 Lumber embedded in finished concrete base support

placing embedded wood inserts in concrete bench support mold

Figure 4 - Placing embedded wood inserts in concrete bench support mold

wood inserts for concrete bench

Figure 5 - Wood inserts for concrete bench

  1. Using some small finishing nails mark the height of the concrete on completion of the pour - 3".
  2. The next step is to mix and pour your concrete. It is best to purchase pre-mix concrete in bags that has a small sized aggregate.

The pedestal support as shown here requires three - 60lb bags of concrete mix.

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