Have some old lumber laying around? Try making a garden bench like I did! This time we’re using wood which otherwise would have gone to the landfill. This bench was built using old left over wood from a few different projects around the house. Some of the wood came from our Kitchen refresh project, some of the wood was old lumber from our backyard makeover.
When I first started this project, I had no idea how to build a bench. What does someone do when they want to learn how to do something? Go to YouTube of course! I found a video by Steve Ramsey, but his video seems it would be best for the super-novice DIYer. Fortunately, a young man by the name of Eric Lindberg decided to make his own video of the Steve Ramsey bench instructional, which was more my speed. Scroll to the bottom to watch the video.
It is good to note that I did vary from the video to make the bench my own as you can see by the arched back in comparison to the straight boards in the video. I also had to adjust some things because I was using 2×6’s rather than 2×4’s. But the concept is generally the same and it turned out pretty nice.
Here’s a few pictures of the project…
The assembled frame. As you can see, the wood is old and weathered because the wood is our old deck railings – don’t worry, I installed new ones. I didn’t have a pocket jig like they use in the video, so I used 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch deck screws and toe-nailed…toe screwed? (lol) the pieces together. It worked well, but obviously would have been much cleaner had I used pocket holes. Oh well, it’s a rustic upcycled bench – right!?
The frame has been painted white and the seat and back have been added. I used a piece of landscape edging to mark the curve, then cut it with a hand saw and sanded it smooth. I assembled the back and then put it in place in one piece, attaching it to cleats (made from the baluster cut-offs from our new deck stairs) at a slight angle.
Here is the finished DIY upcycled garden or patio bench. I painted the seat and back gray and the frame white. The sun is playing tricks, the gray is darker than it shows in the pictures. I do plan on adding some stencil work to the front of the bench, but I need to find a nice stencil first! Come back in a few weeks to see what I used for a stencil.
Here’s Eric Lindberg’s video of How to Build a Garden Bench: