How to Make a DIY Garden Bench

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How to Make a DIY Garden Bench

No home garden or patio is complete without a relaxing place to rest. A well-crafted garden bench provides a spot to sit and relax with a good book or a refreshing glass of ice-cold lemonade while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Creating one's own garden bench is a rewarding experience, and it is a DIY project even the least tool-savvy individual can pull off with some easy-to-follow instructions.


Gather the Necessary Supplies

The first step in creating a simple DIY garden bench is gathering all the necessary tools and supplies. While shopping, make sure to pick up the following necessities:

  • Two 2.4 m 2.54 cm-by-10.16 cm wood boards
  • One 1.8 m 2.54 cm-by-30.48 cm wood board
  • Safety goggles
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Oil-based exterior wood primer
  • Acrylic paint intended for exterior use
  • Paintbrushes

It is important not to skip the safety goggles when gathering supplies. Failure to protect the eyes against flying wood chips and other hazards can result in serious injuries or even blindness. Individuals with sensitive ears might also consider purchasing a form of hearing protection, such as a pair of safety ear plugs.


Make the Required Cuts

Once all the necessary supplies are on hand, it is time to cut the wood boards into the appropriate-sized pieces. For the best results, use a measuring tape and pencil to mark the boards before sawing.


Cut Size/Description


43.82 cm cut from 2.54 cm-by-30.48 cm board


54.61 cm cut from 2.54 cm-by-30.48 cm board


76.2 cm cut from 2.54 cm-by-10.16 cm board

Both ends cut at 45-degree diagonal angles


14.25 cm cut from 2.54 cm-by-10.16 cm board



After carefully measuring and marking the boards, carefully cut the wood using a jigsaw and wearing the appropriate eye protection goggles. Cut 15.24 cm triangles from the centre of the bottom edge of each 2.54 cm-by-30.48 cm board to create legs.


Paint the Wood as Desired

Once all the wood cuts have been made, it is time to paint the wood using a quality acrylic paint intended for exterior use. Before painting, it is important to completely cover the wooden surface with an oil-based exterior wood primer. The primer protects the wood from a variety of weather and environmental conditions and ensures the paint job lasts for several years before it requires retouching. Allow the primer to dry fully before applying paint, and then apply two to three coats of topcoat paint, allowing each coat to dry fully before applying the next.
For a unique look, consider painting the 36.2 cm boards that will form the seat of the bench a variety of different colours.


Assemble the Bench

Finally, it is time to nail the pieces of the bench together. First, position the two 43.82 cm boards parallel to one another and nail the 54.61 cm board horizontally between them about 15.24 cm from the ground. The two 43.82 cm boards serve as the legs of the bench. Next, take the two 76.2 cm boards cut diagonally on their ends, line them up with the tops of the legs, and attach them to the bench legs. The shorter edges of the boards should face downward. Lastly, nail the nine 36.2 cm boards along the top of the bench one at a time, creating a secure bench seat.


How to Buy Supplies to Make a Garden Bench on eBay

Effortlessly find all the supplies you need to create your garden bench on eBay. The search function located on every eBay page allows you to access listings for a particular supply by entering relevant keywords, such as "exterior wood primer" or "safety goggles". After performing your initial search, use the filters to further narrow the results based on criteria such as brand name, material, price range, or condition. Carefully review all pictures and details in the item description before completing a purchase to ensure you are getting the exact item you need for your bench.

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