DIY – wooden garden bench

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.

Home-made rustic bench made using logs, a wooden board and wooden posts

A home-made wooden garden bench: with our DIY tutorial, it’s easy to build your own.

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.

Protective clothing

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.

Find out more about how to use a chain saw safely.

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)
  • Drill
  • STIHL chain saw
In order to build a wooden garden bench, you will need a log and posts, as well as a STIHL chainsaw and other tools.

This is what you will need to build the garden bench.

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.

To make the seat, start by making a vertical cut up to the middle of the log.

After making sure the log is secured in place and can’t roll away, you can start sawing the seat.

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.

Saw a v-shaped notch into the log.

V shapes must be cut into the bench’s feet so that the seat can be secured in place.

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.

The posts are screwed to the feet and the seat of the garden bench. You can choose any backrest you want.

The posts are screwed securely to the feet and the seat.

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.

The last step is to screw on the wooden board. Your garden bench is finished now.

The last step is to screw on the wooden board to act as a backrest.

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.

Home-made rustic bench made using logs, a wooden board, and wooden posts.

A real eye-catcher in the garden: a home-made garden bench.

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  1. Make it yourself thanks to woodprix plans. I think it’s the best way to learn how to build it in the cheapest way.

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