Are you looking for a quiet place to relax? A rustic garden bench suits almost any garden. And it’s all the better when it is your own unique piece. We will show you how you can build your own garden bench in just a few steps using the “do it yourself” philosophy.
Here’s a little extra tip: it is easy to make a miniature version of this DIY project to create a bench for children.
The right wood
For the garden bench in our tutorial, we used pine. However, please be aware that coniferous timber may exude resin. We also recommend using ash or beech wood. In order to prolong its durability, we recommend regularly treating the bench with oil.
Even occasional wood artists need the right protective equipment when working with a chain saw. Protection begins with your head. Always wear safety glasses or face protection and “personal” ear protection, such as ear plugs. Moreover be sure to wear a helmet if you work in the woods. It is especially important to protect the hands and legs – wear work gloves, trousers with cut protection and boots with cut protection.
Find out more about protective equipment for using a chain saw on our website.
Please note that some countries have special requirements for personal protective equipment and that personal protective equipment is not a substitute for safe working techniques. Therefore always read the instructions for your tools.
Step 1: What you need to build a DIY garden bench
- For the backrest:
- 2 posts (length depending on desired height; must be sawn off if necessary)
- 1 wooden board (approx. 120 cm long)
- For the seat: round log (approx. 30 cm in diameter)
- For the feet: two more round logs (approx. 30 cm long and 30 cm in diameter)
- 12 screws (approx. 150 mm)
- STIHL chain saw
Step 2: Sawing the seat
Before you begin to saw, you should secure the log in place using, for example, wooden wedges, so that it does not roll away. To make the seat, the log has to be cut in half. To do this correctly, it is helpful to previously mark where you intend to make the cut.
We recommend putting a mark on the end of the log to begin with and then continuing to mark along its length.
Once all the preparations are complete, you can saw the seat. Start with a vertical cut as far as the middle of the log. Then turn the log around 180 degrees and make the cut on the other side.
Step 3: Making the feet
The two logs that are to be used as the bench’s feet have to be adapted to fit the underside of the seat. To do so, you will need to make a v-shaped cut. This will allow you to create a notch in both feet where the seat can be securely placed. Afterwards, place the seat on the feet and secure it to them by driving screws down into the feet from the surface of the seat.
Step 4: Adding the posts
When the seat and feet are securely screwed together, you can screw the posts to them. Your garden bench is almost finished – there’s just one more step.
Step 5: Adding the backrest
For leaning back in your seat, the final step is to screw the board onto the posts at the desired height. To make sure that it doesn’t lose its shape, we recommend two screws per post.
Your home-made garden bench is finished
Your new DIY garden bench can now be tested. After that, we recommend protecting the wood from the weather. Depending on the type of wood you choose, you can coat the wood in oil, wax, a glaze or varnish.