Park Bench

The park bench is a cozy seat for two.

It can serve as a stationary bench, as shown here, or as a glider, using the base shown on page 112. The height of the bench without the glider may be a bit low for some users, but adding 3 inches to the leg lengths provided in the cutting list will yield a standard-height bench. Using mainly simple butt joints, the park bench is relatively straightforward to construct. While not as strong as the half-lap, the butt joint is quick and easy to assemble— and it does an even better job of shedding water and moisture. Reinforcing the joinery with waterproof glue and screws makes it sufficiently strong.

Another concession to simplicity is the use of same-size stock for back and seat slats. This enables you rip all the slats with the same setting on your table saw, speeding construction and reducing errors.

Two coats of spar varnish applied on the park bench shown at right bring out the rich natural tones of the wood—in this case, Northern white cedar.

Two coats of spar varnish applied on the park bench shown at right bring out the rich natural tones of the wood—in this case, Northern white cedar.

CUTTING LIST

QTY

TH

W

L

Front legs

2

IK"

4"

20%'

Rear legs

3

IK"

5"

333/s'

Seat rails

3

4%"

21"

Arms

2

%"

6"

23"

Front rail

1

3A"

4%"

46"

Rear rails

2

3A"

23/4"

46"

Upper back rail

1

%"

2"

49/4"

Seat slats

6

3A"

3"

47"

Back slats

7

3A"

3"

47"

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