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A perfect go-anywhere bench

John Sillaots
Photography by
Bert Klassen

Build this versatile pine bench that will do double-duty in the garden and indoors

There's nothing like an old-fashioned wooden bench to bring back memories. While travelling around Canada, I see them everywhere, proving that they fill all sorts of needs and they last almost forever. I've even seen reproduction benches tagged at $150 and up, though you've got to wonder who buys them, considering how easy they are to build. My version of this old classic keeps to the original virtues of simplicity and strength; the qualities that make this pine bench so popular.

You'll need:

• pencil
• ruler
• drill
• Forstner drill bit
• band saw, jigsaw or handsaw
• palm sander

• 1 pine seat: ¾" x 12" x 48"
• 2 pine aprons: ¾" x 3½" x 44"
• 2 pine legs: 1½" x 9½" x 17½"
• 18 plated wood screws: #10 x 1½"
• 4 plated L-brackets: 1½" x 1½"
• 220-grit sandpaper
• exterior latex paint: matte black and dark green
• oil-based wood stain
• spar varnish

Download the garden bench assembly plans here!

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