I have been wanting to make or buy a small bench to put out in the front yard. A home depot gift card i got for Christmas finally gave me some motivation to get the project started!

Step 1: Buy Materials

Materials list:

(4) 2x4 x 8 feet long

(3) 2x3 x 8 feet long

(1) tube of liquid nails or wood glue

Total cost, just under $20

Optional materials (if you dont already have them)

Paint brushes

Wood stain

Polyurethane or varnish
<p>Step ONE should always be drawing/planning, not buying.. </p><p>Wood swells and shrinks perpendicular to the grain (i.e., a 2x4 x 8' stays 8 ft, but gets thicker/thinner.) So you might go with just one screw through the center of each seat board. </p>
On another such project we got into the problem that arrives when you nail into end grain. Screwing and gluing are better but not much. End grain just won't take much tension (yanking apart.) <br>I won't put any wood outside if it's not pressure treated, seen too much work wasted.
<p>Pressure treated can be a bonus, but proper treatment during construction can be way better. Then again it will take ages to cut everything and stain/paint it before assembling things.</p>
I live in Kilifi on the Kenya Coast and where we enjoy a tropical climate. We have a lot of problems with screws, bolts, clips, nails etc. They all rot sooner than later so I try to use dowel pegs whenever possible. Cheaper than metal; simple to use and they impart that special touch of ancient woodworking!
<p>Right on. I'm a fan of your work. Practical and looks great!</p>
If I had the time I'd make everything with pegs and dovetails!
Nice,clean, straightforward job. The wood grain shows up well but you are going to need a 'rail' to brace those legs especially as the bench is rather long.
<p>I agree when i make it im bracing it</p>
Good job! Thanks for sharing.. <br>nice idea on the tape as clamps.. I used a couple of &quot;huge rubber bands&quot; made of inner tube cut in 2cm (about 1 inch) wide strips...
I like it! As you said, a simple, quick, and inexpensive project that almost anyone can do. Just the kind of thing I like to do.
Good looking bench except legs will need support piece between lower cross section spanning the length or the legs will start to wobble over use and time.
I don't know about spanning the cross section, but an angle brace from each leg to the top would be wise.
Nice job.
Good looking bench! Along with rolffz's advice, I would also suggest using pressure treated lumber so the bench can stay outside, and make sure you use ACQ treated screws because regular screws will corrode because of the chemicals in the treated lumber.
Any reason why you didn't use pressure treated wood?

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