Anatomy Of A Garden Bench

The garden bench is a sophisticated piece of furniture. Building it demands as much precision and attention to detail as any indoor project. It also incorporates features that give it the needed strength and durability to face the elements. The bottom ends of the arm support and back slats, for example, are housed in dadoes that extend right through the rails, allowing any moisture to drain out.

To make the bench, start by assembling the legs and rails, then add the arms and their slats, forming the two end units. Next, install the longer pieces that bridge the ends, such as the front seat rail and back rails. Finally, finish the seat and back.

To ensure that all the surfaces of the bench are uniformly smooth when the time comes to apply a finish, sand the pieces before fastening them in place.

Upper back rail

Filler strip

Arm support slat «

Lower back rail

Bench Back Rails

Front seat rail

Seat support

Middle stretcher

End rail

End stretcher

Front leg

Upper back rail

Filler strip

Front seat rail

Seat support

Middle stretcher

Lower back rail

End rail

End stretcher

Arm support slat «

Front leg

FRONT LEG-AND-RAIL ASSEMBLY

CUTTING LIST

QTY

T

w

L

Front legs

2

l3/"

p/4"

24"

Rear legs

2

ir

p/4"

473/i"*

End rails

2

VA"

4"

233/a"

Arms

2

%"

3"

241/"

Arm support slats

6

3/4m

111/"

Middle stretcher

1

p/4"

2/4"

60"

End stretchers

2

1/4"

2"

24"

Front seat rail

1

p/4"

4"

60"

Back seat rail

1

p/4"

3"

60"

Cleats

2

l"

1"

561/"

Seat supports

4

1/4"

2/4"

2 Pi"

Seat slats

7

1/4"

3"

57/4"

Upper back rail

1

1/4"

43/4m

60"

Lower back rail

1

l"

2/4"

60"

Lower back rail cap

1

2/4"

56%"

Back slats

13

2"

25^"

  • Final measurement. Stock should be wider to accommodate curve of leg.
  • Final measurement. Stock should be wider to accommodate curve of leg.

CUTTING PATTERNS FOR CURVED PARTS OF BENCH

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