Introduction: Outdoor Wooden Slat Bench Seat

Picture of Outdoor Wooden Slat Bench Seat

In this instructable you'll see: How I made an outdoor bench seat, out of some wooden beams and some slats.

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After I took the right measurements and figured the number of pieces I need, I started cutting them.

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I used some scrap pieces of wood, which I had left over, from an old construction and then I cut the edges on every side of those beams.

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After that, I filled every hole with glue and some dowels.

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And then I sanded them very well on every side.

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Now, it’s time to assemble all these pieces!

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Firstly, I nailed and screwed these two pieces together.

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Then, I took the longer pieces, marked the center, drilled the holes, placed the screws and put them together.

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After some sanding, I rounded all the edges on every piece.

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And then, sanded them again for a smoother feeling.

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After, I finished with the bottom pieces, I started to cut all the slats I needed for the top surface.

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I rounded also these pieces, but this time only their two edges.

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And then I sanded every piece very well on every side.

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Now, it’s time to paint all these pieces!

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I used water based impregnation varnish of walnut color and there we go!

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Let’s assemble these pieces together and see how it looks!

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After I measured the spaces I had to leave, I placed down the two edge pieces and then all the others going in between.

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I used a spacer for every gap between the beams to be the same.

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I installed some felt pads at the bottom side, to avoid any damage on the wood.

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Also, I placed screws at the edges and in the middle to be even steadier. Black screws actually for a more beautiful appearance.

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...and the bench is finally ready!

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it!


mike111qbr (author)2017-02-12

Great looking bench.

I'd like a few measurements:

1. dimensions of seat slats. Did you use 5/8" lumber

2. distance between each support wood slat

What do you think of screwing in the slats from the bottom so there the top shows no screws and eliminates possible water seeping in the top screw holes?

Thank you very much, Mike and I’m so happy that you liked it!

Take a look at the 1st step, at the 1st image, where I’m showing the dimensions of the slats (width, length, thickness) and the distance between them! Here we use the metric system, so all the measurements are in mm, sorry!

I didn’t screw the slats from the bottom side to the top surface because they were too thin and some of them were crooked, so I couldn’t do that!

Take care!

DianneS25 (author)2017-02-13

What a beautiful bench! And you explained it so well! I will keep this in my 'to do one day' file. Thank you!

I'm happy that you liked my work! I'm doing my best! Thanks a lot!

Stay tuned for more! Take care!

pmanthey (author)2017-02-12

Excellent design, simple, pragmatic, and attractive.

Elias Stratakos (author)pmanthey2017-02-22

Thank you very much for your kind words! I really appreciate it!

All the best!

Ciarra (author)2017-02-10

I love this bench I have been looking for some different ideas . so thanks

Elias Stratakos (author)Ciarra2017-02-22

Thanks a lot! I'm so happy that you liked it!

Take care!

BirgitJansen (author)2017-02-09

You didn't Attach the bench seat to the wall, did you? Does it move or is the weight alone keeping it in place? Would love to know. Thank you!

Yeap, I attached it to the concrete with two screws, one on each end,
in order not to move when someone sits at the edge of the bench, but
when it’s not in use, I remove the screws and everything is good!

Makes sense, thank you!!

dustin_little (author)2017-02-09

Great Idea!

Thanks a lot, mate! I'm happy that you liked it!

Stay tuned! Best wishes!

mrsmerwin (author)2017-02-09

this would look beautiful on a sea wall.

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