Garden Bench

Garden Bench Woodworking Plan

Traditionally the wood of choice would be teak; these benches have long graced English parks and gardens, aging gracefully through years of use and weather. This version is made of cedar, but you could also use white oak, redwood or cypress. Whatever wood you use, it’s a good idea to finish your bench with waterproofer.

This woodworking project plan uses traditional mortise-and-tenon construction for extra durability. Normally, you might avoid this type of joinery in favor of easier methods, such as dowels or even drywall screws, but the superior strength of a mortise-and-tenon joint will ensure long-term sturdiness and is consistent with the bench’s classic design. This project is perfect for learning this joint because cedar compresses easily, so it will fit together even if it’s not perfectly cut.

Other skills you will learn are face-gluing and making dowelled joints. Face-gluing the boards that make up this bench’s legs isn’t difficult; just follow the instructions. Dowelling requires care and patience more than anything else. And after it’s assembled, you’ll learn more about applying and using finishes to enhance the wood’s natural beauty and ensure that it’s well-protected.

This 9-page pdf project plan from Miniwax, is well laid out, with a Shopping List, list of Tools Required, a Cutting List, step-by-step directions and some nice line diagrams to help you along.

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