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How to build a garden bench and table

Tool List
  • Sandpaper (assorted grades)
  • Fine cut tenon saw (300mm)
  • Cordless drill driver
  • Countersink pilot drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • 2 Bar clamps (6")
  • Exterior wood glue
Safety equipment
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask


Component Cutting List:

to make the most efficient use of the timber, follow the cutting list below exactly.

Components Key

Bench - Yellow
Table - Blue

2x Treated Studwork CLS 38 x 89 x 2400mm

bench project

4x Deck Board 28 x 140mm x 2.4m

bench project

For a successful project

  • 1. Measure twice, cut once.
  • 2. Clamp timber in place before cutting for improved safety and accuracy.
  • 3. Sand the ends and edges of timber after cutting.
  • 4. Power tools such as a Circular saw will make the project easier and faster, but remember to stay safe

3x Treated Studwork CLS 38 x 63 x 2400mm

bench project fig2

How to build your bench

Step 1

Assemble two opposing bench ends on a flat surface. Component C is positioned at a slight angle to give the bench a sloping seat. Make sure components A and B are parallel before drilling and fixing to C (fig.1).

Step 2

Join the two bench ends using component D and then add the top back rest of the bench E (fig.2).

bench project fig1-fig2

Check the project is square after every step.

Step 3

Create the seating area by fixing components F and H first, then component G in between them, making sure you leave equal spaces between boards (fig.3).

Step 4

Create the arms of the bench using components I and J. Angle the screws that fix the arms to component A to make sure they do not protrude from the opposite side (fig.4).

bench project fig3-fig4

Pre-drill all holes with a countersink pilot drill bit to avoid splitting timbers as well as creating a better surface finish.

Step 5

Attach the second back board (fig.5).

Step 6

Finally, attach supporting struts between component D and the front legs of the bench (fig.6).

bench project fig5-fig6

Use clamps to secure components in position. This allows you to double check measurements and that the work is square before drilling pilot holes and fixing screws.

Step 1

Make two identical table ends, making sure that the structure is square by sitting components M against a flat surface such as a straight bit of timber before fixing with screws(fig.7).

Step 2

Join the two table ends(fig.8).

bench project fig7-fig8

Use Exterior Wood Glue between joints before you insert screws for extra strength.

Step 2

Add cross brace.(fig.9).

Step 3

Create the table top, making sure you leave equal spaces between boards.(fig.10).

bench project fig7-fig8