How to Build a Double Chair Bench with Table – Free Plans

If you are wanting to build great looking chairs for your patio you’ve come to the right place. I bought a home late last year and didn’t have any patio furniture whatsoever. My dad had built a beautiful piece for their home and so I credit him with design help and the inspiration to build my own. This setup is perfect for enjoying a relaxing evening out on the deck with friends or family. I built my chairs out of cedar because cedar does not rot and stands up against the outdoor elements quite well. You can use pine as long as it is painted or coated with a thick finish of poly.


Tools Needed

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Dewalt 12″ miter saw

Dewalt 18 Volt Drill

Jigsaw

Orbital Sander

Approximate Cost of Lumber – $125

Step 1 – Gather Your Materials

Click HERE or on the image below for the downloadable Double Chair Bench Plans. These plans are 100% free and you have the option to donate at the time of download to help support DIY PETE so he can devote more time in creating FREE video tutorials and plans for you. This is 100% optional of course! If you’d like them for FREE simply enter “0” in the dollar amount   Cheers! – Pete

Double Bench Chair Plans

The shopping list is provided in the FREE plans. The project is made out of 2×6, 1×6, 2×4, and 1×4 boards. All of the supplies can be found at your local Home Depot building supply store.

cedar-wood-for-outdoor-furniture-project Step 2 – Make Your Cuts

Cut each piece on your miter saw. For all angles in this project, set the saw to 15 degrees. If you don’t have a miter saw you can find one here. I use a Dewalt 12″ miter saw for all of my projects.

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Step 3 – Cut the Notch and Rounded Corners

Cutting Notch Use a jigsaw to cut out the notch on the two front legs. The 2×6 piece will eventually rest in the notch. Measure 9 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the 2×4 front leg and mark. Measure 1 1/2″ back (depth). Then measure from your nine inch mark up 5 1/2″ and make one more mark. Connect the lines and cut out your notch on both pieces.

Next, grab a role of tape to make your rounded corners for the arms and back supports. Do a rounded corner for the two outside armrests, and for both outside pieces of the table top. Create rounded corners for the top of the backrest supports as well(Part H). Cut with a jigsaw and use an orbital sander to smooth the edges. Check out photos in later parts of the project to see the rounded edges.

tracing-corners-for-furniture Step 3 – Assemble Both Sides

As shown in the video, attach the front and rear leg together on the top with the arm support 2×4. Measure 11″ back from the rear of the front leg and put a mark. Then line up the rear leg so that the 15 degree angle sits flush with the arm support. Attach with 2 1/2″ Deck Screws. Use the star (torx) deck screws instead of philips because they are much easier to use and don’t strip. Only attach the two legs to the arm support in this step. We’ll get to the lower cross support later. assembling-sides-of-double-chair-patio-furniture   Measure 11 inches from the back of the front leg to the front of the back leg. Flush it up with the horizontal 2×4 and attach with 3 screws. free-patio-chair-design---measuring-side   Here is another look at how the sides will look when completed.

Side View Step 4 – Attach sides with 2×6

To attach the sides, drill 3 holes from the back of the front legs into the 2×6. Make sure to drill pilot holes. free-patio-furniture-plans-for-deck-

Step 5  – Attach rear 2×4

Measure 8 inches up from the bottom of the rear leg. Please see the video if you have questions. This is one of the most tricky steps to try and explain. Use three 3″ Deck Screws to attach. Fasten to both sides. (Drill from the outside leg into the 2×4 rear support.) rear-brace

back-side-2x4 Step 6 – Attach Cross Supports

You will attach the cross supports on each end to the chair sides and rear support. The two middle supports will attach with 2 screws from the front and to the rear support as well.

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Getting ready to put into place.

Fasten the cross support with 2 or three screws to the chair sides as shown. You’ll notice the back of the cross support (with the 15 degree angle) sits flush on the rear support and the inside angle extends about 1/4 inch past the rear support. 

side-of-patio-chairs Attach each cross support. For the middle 2 you can drive 2 screws in from the front side. (Through the 2×6 and into the cross support.). To attach the rear side of the support drill a pilot hole through the side of the cross support at an angle down into the rear support. It will keep it in place and later steps will solidify the joint.   rear-base-patio-furniture

Step 7 – Attach Back Supports

Fasten to the sides with 2.5″ screws. Flush up the bottom with the 15 degree angle.  The upper support arm bottom corner will be flush with the back side of the backrest support. backsupportside

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Step 8 – Attach Chair and Backrest 1×4 Wooden Slats

Attach the front slat so that it hangs over the front 2×6 by 3/4″. Then attach the rear slat so it touches the two backrest supports. Attach the remaining 3 slats and space them evenly apart. (About 1/4 or so).  These boards are 20.5″ wide.

Next, attach the backrest slats. These boards are 19″ wide. Attach the top board first to help square up the backrest supports. Then attach the bottom slat. Finally, attach the remaining boards and space evenly.

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Step 8 – Attach Center Table Supports

Attach the two 14″  1×4 slats to the front 2×6 using 2″ deck screws. Then connect the two on top with a 17″ long 2×4.

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Attach the 15.5″  1×4 slats to for the back table support. Flush the bottom of the slat up with the bottom of the 2×4 rear support. Then connect the tops of the slats with two 17″ 2×4’s. The second 2×4 is used to connect the chairs to the table for extra support.

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 Step 9 – Attach each Chair to the Table

Attach the two middle backrest supports to the 17″ 2×4 table support. This will strengthen the entire piece of furniture. Use two 3″ deck screws on each side.

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 Step 10 Attach Arms and Table Top

sidearm  For the table, attach the 3 1×6 boards with 2″ deck screws. Space evenly apart. The edges will line up flush with the 17″ 2×4 table supports underneath.

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 Step 11 – Fill Screw Holes

Fill all the screw holes with wood putty. The screws need to be countersunk in order to fill them.

putty  Spread putty into the screw hole with your finger. Then let dry. You will sand off the excess later.

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Once the putty is dry ( a few hours ), sand around each hole to clean off excess putty. Once sanded, the filled holes will look like the photo below.

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Step 12 – Prep for finishing

Use a broom or rag to clean off sawdust prior to finishing. Here is a photo of what it will look like prior to the urethane finish.

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Step 13 – Apply Finish

I like to use Minwax Spar Urethane. It enhances the natural beauty of cedar and protect the wood against the outdoor elements.

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how-to-finish-furniture Apply 2 coats of Urethane with a brush. Let the second coat dry completely (6-12 hours), then lightly sand the armrests, table, and areas you come in contact with when sitting (chair slats). This light sanding with 220 grit paper will remove any dust particles that settled in the first coat. Next, take a clean cloth and wipe a thin coat of poly on all the areas you sanded. This will give you a nice smooth finish. Once dry, enjoy your new furniture and have a barbecue!

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My front porch before furniture
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Front porch with new furniture!

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Thanks so much for checking out my tutorial! I hope it inspires you to build some patio furniture and that you enjoy it for years to come. If you run into questions make sure to check out the video at the top of the post and to comment below with any questions. Good luck and have fun!!  – DIY PETE

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  • Bob Justison

    This was a fun and easy project. Everyone in the neighborhood wants one. I made a few upgrades to your original plans. I added cup holders to the arm rests and a hinged table top which reveals a cooler. I also added a bottle opener and catch. Thank you for sharing your plans.

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    • DIYPETE

      Wow! It looks fantastic 🙂 I love the modifications!

  • FO Houle

    Hi Pete,
    Thank you for the plan! It’s my first real project with wood, I’ve never done anything like that before. At first it was suppose to be a Mother’s Day gift for my wife, but finally I did it in two weeks. I’ve already a second order for a Chritsmas gift and also looking forward for more projects to do from your site. I found and use the same finish than you (found it at Home Depot here in Canada). The only things will try to improve next time is to find a darker wood putty than the one I used. Since we have a lot of snow here during the winter, I will keep it inside during next season, but I am very eager to put it on my patio next spring.

    Thanks again and cheers from Repentigny, Canada

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    • DIYPETE

      Hi FO,

      I hope all is well up in Canada! Your first real wood project came out fantastic. Best of luck on the Christmas gift and thanks so much for the feedback. Keep up the great work.

      – Pete

  • Barbara

    Thank you so much for this plan! This is my first project ever, I made it as a surprise for my boyfriend, as we recently bought a home together and need something to enjoy the outdoors in. It still needs one more sanding and coat of urethane…and I unfortunately couldn’t fine Cedar 1 BY 4s, but happy with the end result.
    Your youtube video was also incredibly helpful, I’ve never even touched a mitre saw or orbital sander before…your instruction were so easy to follow, thank you again!

    • DIYPETE

      Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing and great job 🙂

  • Lee

    Hi Pete! So I was all excited to start my project, got the tools, the plans, the will … and then I started looking around to get the wood. Shopped at both Lowes and Home Depot for MOST of the wood, in cedar as you mentioned in the plans. Neither store, for whatever reason seems to carry the 8ft 2×6 piece of cedar! I thought, well, it must be a special order. Well, it IS! SO special in fact that neither HD nor Lowes can order it. Now I am stuck hoping that some other specialty lumber store has it and if they DO it will be an arm and a leg, i.e. between $40 and $80 JUST for that piece of lumber! ONE PIECE!

    Now, for future projects, is there another, perhaps more commonly used wood that we can use that would serve the same purpose and be just as durable as cedar perhaps after a certain kind of sealant or stain? I can’t go through THIS every time. Or maybe the 2×6 is in a spot where I could get away with cutting and attaching 2, 2×4’s together cut (ripped) to the size of a 2×6??? Anything but this hassle all the time. I want to make a few of these and sell them but I can’t sell it for $400 just to make up the loss in cost I’d have to pay for the 1 stinkin’ $50 board, haha!! Appreciate your help Pete. Thanks.

    • DIYPETE

      Hey Lee!

      Yikes, that is way too expensive of cedar. What part of the states do you live in? I wish I could share Montana prices with you 🙂 It is pretty darn reasonable out here I’d say. It is in the midwest typically and western states. A lot of folks build them out of pine to save money though— and use a good deck stain. The wood still does fine and if you re-stain it every 3 or 4 years to stay on top of things I think you’d be just fine. Especially if you have to pay that much for cedar — I wouldn’t want to pay that much either. Redwood is another wood that does well outdoors similar to cedar. You might ask some other woodworkers in your area if they have some advice — and do comment below on where you are from and hopefully we can get some other folks looking through the comments to chime in.

      • Lee

        I agree! Waaayy too expensive. I live in New Hampshire in the northeast. I wonder, if I get a piece of that redwood in the 2×6 size I am missing would that piece be obvious that it is different from the rest, ESPECIALLY after the stain is on it? If not then I may just finish my list off with a 2×6 in that wood. As for the stain I might use if I were to use pine … What would be the best outdoor stain to use for that to keep it the longest. Keep in mind, we have harsh, cold, snow-filled winters here usually. 😉 as well as lots of heavy humid days during summer with temps in he high 90’s. One year I kept track of the temps every day and we had 63 days with temps over 95 for the whole summer. The jet stream brings up the tropical weather that Florida gets and it’s not at all uncommon for us up here to be warmer, at times, than Florida! Thanks for your help Pete.

        • DIYPETE

          Hey Lee! I’ve actually combined redwood with cedar before. There are different redwood species — but mine have tied in nicely. If you are planning to stain it with anything other then clear — it will help it blend even more. I’d use a nice deck stain. Probably semi-transparent so it lasts longer — yet still shows the grain some. Sherwin Williams makes some really good deck stains that I like to use. Otherwise companies like Thompsons and Behr are other good choices and ones I’ve used before. A deck stain that is semi-transparent will last and look nice. (it protects well too). If I was in New Hampshire, that’s what I’d use.

  • Nicholas Rudelich

    Just did mine today. Half cedar, half redwood. Wood is so expensive. Gonna try a 3 seat bench and paint gray/blue next, out of pine to save some dough. Love it tho. Need some plans for a washer/dryer pedestal now. I need to do that.

    • DIYPETE

      Great job Nicholas! Thanks for the update and have fun with the pedestal build 🙂

  • StevenZawalick

    Store leftover varnish with Bloxygen once you are done and those leftovers will be ready next time…not skinned over. http://www.bloxygen.com for more.

  • arek

    thans for the plan!

    • DIYPETE

      Great job Arek! Thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks for the plans Pete! I am going to build this with some reclaimed wood for a “project on the cheap”. I will be back to post some pictures, I will have to make some modifications to fit the wood I am sure, but this is a perfect bench for our small deck, and it already has a table!

    • DIYPETE

      Awesome Justin, can’t wait to see your version!

  • Francisco Cabral

    Hi Pete! I’m looking at the pictures, and it’s difficult to tell, however is there a slight angle backwards on the buttox area, so as to prevent from sliding forward when leaning back or is the buttox area flat and parrallel to the ground?

    • diypete

      Hi Francisco! The seating area is completely flat. (Only the back has a bit of an angle). In my experience you don’t slide around much if any. Cheers!

  • ALAN

    Thank you you plans are great . made a few modifications to your plans and it turned out wonderful. I made your 2 seater with table and also made a 3 seater couch and a 2 seater love seat. I can’t wait to try something else. These were made with construction lumber.

    • diypete

      I love all these projects you made Alan! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • John Norton

    here is my almost finished project – i loved the idea but i made it longer so you can put a couple plates and cups on the table top the top is 28 in wide and the whole bench is 7ft 6in wide 😀 i also put 1×6 on top back rest and rounded the corners it seems to be working out thanks for the idea

    • diypete

      I love the modifications! Great work!!

      • John Norton

        just wanted to update you this is done – next to stain it – thanks again this is a great project

  • galodin

    Free download teds woodworking plan 2.94 GB by torrent

    http://jafiles.net/file/0573n68

  • Lou Duva

    Hi All, Im a total beginner to woodworking and wanted to build this for my father-in-law for a present. I get confused with the angles. When Pete says inside point and outside point is he referring to the long point and the short point of an angle, just using different terminology? Thank you!! excited to get started

    • Rick

      Be sure to take a look at the plans he has made and it will explain the angles he’s referring to.

  • Tom

    Thanks for the plans it worked out great I just finished up this set going to start on a few more sets. I already have people wanting to place orders this is a great way to make a few bucks.

    • That’s great Tom! Keep up the great work!

  • John Goodman

    Thanks for the Plans!!! I built it this weekend. Next weekend I will apply the Minwax. can’t wait to spend some morning drinking some coffee infant of the fire pit on this! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Hey John! Great job! And enjoy coffee and reading the paper on that new bench. Sounds amazing. I’m a little jealous, I’d have to put on my carharts and boots to sit outside and drink coffee up here in Montana 🙂 Cheers

    • DIYPETE

      John, you did an amazing job here! It’s looking nice as is, without finish, but yet that’ll help protect the wood and seal it all up. Thank you for reaching out. Cheers!

  • Chair B

    That’s marvelous! It will be such a wonderful feeling of crafting my own customized Double Chair Bench. All thanks to your easy to grasp video and the informative, easy tips; I can craft this bench with ease. The Double Chair Bench will be a great addition to my living space.

    http://www.chairsbazaar.com/

    • DIYPETE

      Best of luck, it is a fun project! Be sure to share your final photos. Cheers

  • Mike Kirkpatrick

    Hi Pete,
    Thanks for the plans I just finished my first one.
    I was wondering where everyone is getting the 2x cedar, I can get 1x at home depot but no 2x material. I used lumber from a band-saw mill and had a lot of work to get the material to size,I live in Rochester NY and any help with where to get the cedar would be great.

    • DIYPETE

      Mike, Would love to see the finished piece! Home Depot normally carries the cedar 2xs. Sorry you’ve been having trouble finding that. Like you did, you might have to resort to local mills and companies. It looks like Rochester Lumber Co is a great company in your area. Best of luck!

  • André Sabatto

    Great design!

    I used wooden pallets. And with some adjustments the project work.

    Thank you.

    A hug

    André Sabatto
    Brazil

    • DIYPETE

      Great work André, I love how you used the pallet wood, looks nice! Keep up the great work. Cheers

  • Brendan Doyle

    OR CAN YOU CONTACT ERIC FOR ME ?

  • Brendan Doyle

    PETE;

    DO YOU HAVE THE PLANS AND MEASUREMENTS FOR THE BENCH WITH THE COOLER ? FIRST MAJOR PROJECT FOR ME AND NEED HELP.

  • Brendan Doyle

    Eric Soupene

    Can you send me plans on how to make this with the cooler? Looks fantastic.

  • Charley Thomas

    These are awesome. I made some modifications so you can open the top and also used these as a starting point to make a couple chairs and a bench without the middle table. The seat and back boards are 2x4s that I planes down to 1″ to make them a bit more sturdy, I also used 2x6s for the arm rests and table top.

    • DIYPETE

      Charley, these look amazing!! I am very impressed with the modifications you made and the other chairs/bench that compliment this build. Keep it up and thank you for sharing. Great work!

  • Julia Freeman

    Finally finished. Made seats a little wider. Thanks for the easy to follow plans. Next will make just a single chair

  • Eric

    Do you have any plans for a single chair that would match this double chair set?

  • Jake

    The bench turned out great! Made a small modification to the table for slightly wider seats. Sending thanks from Seattle.

    • Looks awesome and the wider seats are great. I hope all is well out in Seattle!

  • Sam Naumann

    I made this for my wife for our 5 year wedding anniversary. I modified the table top with a drop in planter box ($5) to keep her Corona’s ice cold. Go Big Red!

    • Love it!!! The planter is super cool too 🙂 GO BIG RED!!!

  • El Jorge

    Cheers from Dorado, PR

  • DeedruhDee

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful bench design. This made for a great experience of building with my dad for my new house! And while yours, and all the other examples posted in the comments, looks fantastic with the stained wood look, it just didn’t quite fit in with my style, so I ended up painting it white (for now).

    • Love it! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Melinda Ames

    Thank you for the amazing plans, detailed, easy to follow and simply the best plans I’ve used in a along time! Thanks so much for putting them out there!

    • Hi Melinda! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing the project. It looks great! Keep up the good work and cheers from Montana! – Pete

  • Colin James Law

    Great plans, thanks.
    I added a hinge to the tabletop and walls to allow a cooler to fit
    inside. I also decided to paint mine instead of staining. All of those small cracks were a pain but I
    love how it turned out. It’s been a great chair to enjoy the weather and do some reading in.

    • Looks great Colin! Thanks for sharing, and I love the hinged table top!! – Pete

  • Lyn Pattenson

    Woodworking plans can be downloaded for free online, I have always been an advocate of buying them instead. One reason is because free plans aren’t easy to find in the first place. You will have to spend a good deal of time browsing before you come across some.

    Second, free plans are free for a reason; they are not usually the best plans. However, this is not always the case, as you can find some great plans for free. When you buy woodworking plans from a reputable place, you can be sure that quality of plans is not an issue. You can trust their accuracy and have confidence in them while building out your project.

    Here’s how to get yours:
    http://bit.ly/new-16000-woodworking-plans
    http://bit.ly/download-16000-easy-woodworking-plans

  • Brett Edwards

    Can’t find how to print the plans can someone help

    • Hi Brett! Thanks so much for stopping by. This was one of the first projects I shared on the site and I didn’t create PDF plans, but do have the drawings in the post. Since it’s become one of the most popular projects on the site I am having printable plans created but they are not unfortunately completed yet. So if you can bare with me and use the website plans for the time being please do so 🙂 Thank you for giving this project a shot. Yours is going to turn out awesome! Cheers Brett – Pete

      • Brett Edwards

        Thanks Pete I will do that and thanks for this project my wife can’t wait for me to build them

  • Matthew Sonduck

    I’m sort of a rookie at these types of things. In a basic woodworking class.

    Quick question, that seems like a dumb question… How is a 2 by 6 supposed to fit in a slot that is designed for a 5.5 by 1.5? Are we supposed to mill down the board?

    • Hey Matt! That’s a real common question I see and thus a good one! Lumber is rough sawn and then kiln dried. It may be cut at say 2×4 or 2×6, but it then dries and shrinks and is often plained down as well. Resulting in a smaller board size. A 2×4 measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 and a 2 x 6 measurers 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. Hope that helps 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Matt and best of luck with your next project! – Pete

  • Ted Emery

    So Pete, How do I get the plans? Please advise, thanks.

  • Aaron McMullin

    Hi Pete! This is my first build from your site and it turned out pretty well! I was really impressed with the details in your plans. This is only my first ever wood project so I’m glad you made it easy to follow along. The farmhouse coffee table is next!

    • Hi Aaron! Thanks so much for sharing! It turned out great! Enjoy your new hobby and I can’t wait to see the farmhouse table you build next. Have fun!!! – Pete

  • Chris Rogers

    Hi Pete, I’m here in the UK and i would like to build the double seat & table bench and it will be my first project. Great video but i can’t access the plan (which i think i will need). Is there a website i can download the plan from? If anyone can help i would appreciate it. Thanks Chris

    • Hey Chris! I still don’t have the plans in a downloadable pdf. Just the drawings in the post. Hoping to get a pdf together in the near future though. Good luck on the project and let me know how it goes! – Pete

      • Chris Rogers

        Hi Pete, This is my first ever project and i’m so proud of it and all thanks to you for taking the time to share you ideas with us, you gave me the inspiration and i can’t thank you enough…..i’ve now got to make two more!!

        • Hey Chris! Thank you so much for sharing the photos and for the kind words. Your project turned out great! It’s comments like yours that inspire me to create the tutorials because it’s so rewarding to hear about DIY’ers taking on new challenges. Keep up the good work and let me know what you build next 🙂 Cheers from Montana! – Pete

          • Chris Rogers

            My comments were very sincere and you obviously inspire many diy’s. I need to make another one now but i really like the American Airdondeck chair so thay will be my next project, only problem i dont have one of them old American porches to sit on, but once it’s made i can always dream!!. Cheers Chris from UK

            • The Adirondack chair will be the perfect addition to your deck! And I’m sure you’ll find time to build a bigger porch before you know it 🙂 Hope all is well in the UK!

  • Marcin

  • Marcin

    Hey Pete! Just wanted to say thanks for the plan I have made some changes and used different material. I am planning to create a coffee table now, looking for some good ideas.

    • Marcin

      Here is the pic

      • Looks great Marcin! Thanks for sharing!

  • Guest

    Hey Pete! Just wanted to say thanks for the plan I have made some changes and used different material. I am planning to create a coffee table now, looking for some good ideas.

  • Dennis

    Is there a PDF I can download ?

  • Angela Wellard

    Love these plans!! Here’s a pic of the one we built. Only problem we had was the wood filler still shows. Next one I’ll find a better wood filler! Just finished the second coat of spar urethane, can’t wait to finish up and get it outside by our fire pit!

  • Jack

    To Pete and all others that have completed this project: do you have an estimated cost/price for the Western Red Cedar in your area? I just started getting quotes and the first one is just shy of $174.

    • Jack

      I am assuming Pine would be less then that?

  • Mike Kelly

    Here’s the bench before painting.

  • Mike Kelly

    Went with an 8ft pine bench. I’m going to paint it white. It is going to be an inside the house piece in our sitting room.

    • Hey Mike! Sounds great. I’d love to see a project photo of how it turns out if ya take one! Nice job! – Pete

  • Mike Kelly

    Would this be easy to modify if I wanted to make a 7ft long bench with no table. Just one longer bench.

    • Hey Mike, yep, real easy. Some longer slats for the seat / backrest would be the main modification. Good luck!

  • Tony J

    Hey Pete! Been following you on here for about 2 weeks now. Great stuff man! I’m interested in making this as this will be my 2nd big project. Just wondering a few things. Did you use a semi-gloss on this? Also, do you have a sketchup file of this project as well? I love your design but I also want to try and enclose it like Eric Soupene did!

    • Hey Tony! Thanks for following the blog man. I really appreciate it! I used gloss on mine. Semi gloss would also work fine. I have someone creating the plans in sketchup but they aren’t completed yet. In this post there are quite a few measurements and it can be built off them. But I will be going into more detail and have some downloadable plans coming out soon. Let me know how the build goes!! – Pete

      • Tony J

        Hey Pete. Finally got around building this thing. Going to be giving it to my sister and brother in law. Cool build for my 2nd biggest project. Still learning here and there stuff (as well as getting irritated with some things), but other than that, im gettin the hang of it. Here is the final project.

        • WOW!! Tony you did a great job. I love the addition of the table that opens in the middle as well!! Your sister and brother in law are going to love what you made them. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see what you make next!

  • Panos

    Pete… Thanks so much for the plans. I am just a beginner and this is only my second real woodworking project. Your plans were so easy to follow though. I built out of pine. Next ill be trying your bar stools and farmhouse table. Thanks again for the inspiration.

    • Pano’s! That is beautiful! I love it. Do you have facebook and if so would you like to share it with other diy’ers on the page at http://www.facebook.com/diyprojectswithpete ? Hope all is well and great job Panos. Keep on building 🙂 – Pete

      • Panos

        Pete, hope all is well. I completed this
        bench and have been enjoying it for over a year now. The legs however are
        starting to rot, even after 4 coats of poly. Of course they are 1-2 inches buried
        under mulch and sand that gets wet, which is under a shaded tree, in S. Florida.
        So it’s a pretty rough environment for wood.

        My questions is… what do you recommend I
        do to protect the legs better? Is there anything I can coat them in? Thanks

        • DIYPETE

          Panos, Thanks for reaching out! Sorry to hear that – wow. You used cedar wood for this correct? You mentioned a few things that stick out to me 1) The humidity and environment of southern FL 2) legs buried inches under mulch. Those will definitely contribute to quick rotting. What I’d recommend for you is to try a few coats of lacquer on the legs, it might need to be a yearly thing you do as well. Try heavy duty lacquer though instead of poly.
          Let me know how it goes! Thanks

          • Panos

            I forgot to mention I used pine…. so that doesn’t help either. I am sanding and will apply several layers of spar urethane as I did originally. In addition, I got a bottle of Black Rubber Coating Spray “Plasti Dip” Any experience with that? Well see how that works. Thanks again. Love your site and FB page. Keep up all the awesome tutorials.

            I did have a question about the nail gun you use? Is it electrical? I read somewhere that air is the only way to go but don’t want to invest in a compressor right now. Do the electrical nail guns work or do you have to follow up with a hammer? Again this is all for home use projects.

            • DIYPETE

              Ahh, yeah that will rot and decay much quicker than cedar too. Well best of luck on the refinishing job, that will definitely help protect it! You know, it couldn’t hurt to add Plasti Dip, I’ve only used it a handful of times. Thanks for the support Panos!

              I’d highly recommend Ryobi’s 18V electrical nailer, you never have to follow through with a hammer. It shoots them in just as good as a pneumatic/air gun does. Highly recommended, yes and no issues whatsoever! Cheers

              • Panos

                Awesome I’m going to pick one up this weekend. Thanks.

          • You can use some of that truck bed liner on the legs that are in the dirt…totally waterproofs it. You would only need to go as high as the dirt. or, you could set each leg on a paving stone to keep it off the dirt

            • DIYPETE

              Thanks for chiming in Justin!

  • Aaron McMullin

    I recently took up woodworking and am currently working on a garden arbor with bench. I would like to build something like this for our front porch but i’m not sure it would fit. What is the depth dimension of the finished product? I’m curious if it would fit between the outside wall of the house and the edge of the porch. Great plans!!

  • Eric Burkholder

    Just completed this. I used redwood then did a provincial stain and lots of spar varnish.

    • Nice work Eric! Thanks for sharing man. It turned out great!

  • Sean Bender

    I’ve built four of these now. A couple for myself and some presents to family. I made a few changes, using all 2x instead of 1x. I also made it out of pine instead of cedar. It’s cheaper, and much sturdier now. One downfall, it’s a lot heavier. So thanks Pete for the plans, it’s a great build and an awesome bench.

    • Sean Bender

      I also added a few pictures of the chair.

    • Hi Sean! Thanks so much for sharing project photos. You’ve been busy 🙂 They look great and I like the idea of pine as well. A lot cheaper and as long as they are re-sealed every few years your golden! Keep on building and thanks for the kind words. Cheers! – Pete

  • sissy

    I built another one but changed it up in the front and made it longer .We needed room for our chihuahuas to sit .Made the front easier to build for me to have the board under .i also only used a 2×4 for the front .I also added 2 more seat supports since the seats are 26 inch’s wide each .I did this also when I built my decks because when you are working alone it makes it so much easier .i have to thank you because this is a great place to sit on the covered front porch that over looks my koi pond .So thank you

  • sissy

    love this plan perfect for my covered front porch overlooking my koi pond THANK YOU

    • Awesome! Thanks for your feedback 🙂

      • sissy

        I made mine and got 2 more log baskets done and a log tractor built

    • You are welcome!

  • reg whalen

    I made two benches they turned out great thanks hope you do a patio rocking chair its hard to find a good plan thanks again Reg

    • Hi Reg! Nice work on building a couple benches already and I’m so glad the tutorial was helpful! Thanks for the kind words! – Pete

  • Eric Soupene

    I liked the frame design of your bench I have now built several of these benches this is the current project I finished it is red Western cedar with a red mahogany stain and 6 coats of spar urethane every board is been planed to exact dimensions and triple sanded all of the screws are stainless steel it has a built in with a drain in the rear with stainless steel hinges and bottle opener the dimensions are about two and a half inches longer in all directions from your original plan thank you for the inspiration.

    • WOW ERIC! You did a fantastic job and I love how it turned out. The stain looks great as well as the urethane. Love the bottle opener and built in. Thanks for sharing Eric and keep on building! – Pete

      • Giesis Aguila

        Jajaja!! Thats amazing!!

    • Tommy

      Could you put some pics of this I’d really like to see the cooler box a lil bit better

    • Francisco Cabral

      Hi Eric! Just a couple questions:

      -What cooler did you get? Looks like the perfect size and I’m looking online for it.
      -What’s different about your box in the middle? Looks slightly different than the one in the plans.
      -Are your arm rests 1 x 3?

      Hope to hear from you soon! Great work!

      -Francisco

  • Todd Kesling

    Thanks for the plans Pete! This will come in real handy at rehearsals.
    Maybe figure a way to add a cooler under the tabletop. As a thanks
    check out our Song on YouTube called “Montana On My Mind”. Enjoy! Todd
    Kesling

    • Hey Todd! Glad they were helpful and thanks for the song! I listened to it on Youtube and it’s great! Where at in Montana do you live? Cheers – Pete

      • Todd Kesling

        We’re from Ohio area Pete. Used to live in WY a few years ago , and have relatives & friends in Bozeman & Kalispell areas. LOVE to visit out there. Want to visit the Gibson Guitar factory in Bozeman next time out there if possible.

        • Hi Todd. Very cool, you will definitely have to put a trip to Bozeman on the calendar. And if you make it out here let me know! – Pete

  • Giesis Aguila

    Thanks for the plans. I couldn’t decide between two plan so I decide to combine them to create something that accommodate my needs. I had to make a few changes to your plan but I think it came out great. Thanks again.

    • That’s awesome! And are those planters on each side Giesis?? I love it!!! You’ll have to make plans for that, so cool! — Pete

      • Giesis Aguila

        Yeah those are planter. I am working on the plans for it. I’ll post it when i am done. Thanks again sharing your plans and ideas!!!

        • Sounds good Giesis!

        • Buffie Story

          oh I love this… would love to see the plans for this…
          I really would like to try both of them..

  • Matthew Crouse

    I am very much beginner at this, but it didn’t turn out too bad. We are not small people, so I added a few extra supports, which made me have to change a couple of things. Only one of which is actually visible in the image. Still need to cover the screws, sand, and stain. But, overall, very happy for my first major project!

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Hey Matt! Your project tourned out great! Congrats on the first major project build! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Keep creating and have fun with it! – Pete

  • Darryl Hauser

    Thanks for the plans. I absolutely live the chairs and can’t wait to try out you plans for the concrete paito table.

    • Darryl! I love the addition of the deer! Looks like there is a seat for “His and Hers” 🙂 Can’t wait to see your concrete patio table. I’ve yet to see another from a fellow DIY’er yet with the LED lights so yours may be the first!!! – Cheers

    • Michael Kenneth

      This looks great! I’m curious how you did the doe and the buck heads?

      • Hi Michael! Daryl did a great job with his chair and I like the deer on them as well. Hopefully Daryl will be able to chime in. If it was my guess I’d say he used a stencil and used a dark Walnut stain. Once dry I’d say he used a poly on the entire chair. The design could also be wood burned but the edges of the deer are pretty crisp so I’m thinking it is probably the stain. Let me know how your project turns out!

      • Darryl Hauser

        As Pete mentioned and he was correct, I found some great silhouettes online and taped off the boards, and sit out the images you see. I uses a dark oil based stain and then coated with two coats of urethane. Here are another stencil based project I did for my parents cottage. They are corn hole boards to match their rustic theme cabin.

        • Thanks for sharing Darryl and for the info. That corn hole board for the cabin is awesome. Nice work!

        • Michael Kenneth

          Wow, you did a great job on those corn hole boards. Thank you both for the info, I’m going to have to try that out on later projects.

  • Sandra

    Thank you so much for the plans. I made this bench from spruce and painted it orange. I drilled a hole in the table for a lovely stripe umbrella. I also made cushions for it. I have it up on my campsite and I am making 3 more so we can use them to sit around the fire pit. Just beautiful. Thanks again Pete!

    • Hi Sandra! It sounds like you have quite the campsite area! Congrats on completing the build and I’m sure they look awesome. If you have a project photo to share it’d be fun to see it! The orange color and the seat cushions are great additions! Cheers – Pete

  • Norm R

    Recently finished this for my wife while she was out of town. Used Spruce lumber, painted with Behr exterior, added 6″ to the backrest and cut a 1″ slope on the seat bottom to add a bit of incline, excellent project, thanks a lot

    • Hey Norm! Sounds like some great modifications and congrats on completing the build! You are more than welcome and thanks so much for the message. Keep on building and looking forward to seeing what projects you create next. Cheers! – Pete

  • Cre

    Just finished my build….used some timber oil – jarrah brown and then the helmsman. Thanks for the plans.

    • Wow Cre! You did a great job and I love the finish. Thank you for sharing a photo!

  • James
  • Glenn Smith

    Thanks for the plan! I built this one this afternoon as a present for my wife’s upcoming birthday. I haven’t finished it out yet, but believe me, she is well pleased with her present. I built this one out of pine, and the only modification I made was using 2×6’s for the arm-rests and table top. Again, thanks for the plan, this was a fun build!

    • Hi Glenn! You did a great job and it turned out amazing. What a birthday gift! — I like the modifications you made and the pine looks great as well. Are you planning to put a clear poly on it or paint? Thanks for your kind words keep in touch! – Pete

    • Nicole

      Thanks for share. I just made one of these and it’s awesome! I’m going to make another since everyone loves it so much. Great design, thanks so much for the idea.

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  • Love the look of the chairs. Perfect addition to the front porch.

  • Jack A.

    Hey Pete,
    Just wanted to say thanks for a great plan and I absolutely love the look, feel & smell of it. I built this bench about 2 months ago and am building another one for a gift. I was wondering if you happen to have heard, seen or done the same bench with wider, & lower seats to accommodate a seat cushion?

    • Hi Jack! Great job on your bench project. That looks great and I love it! The feel and smell of cedar are great. I haven’t seen a real similar build with the accommodations for the cushions but think it is a great idea. You might check Ana Whites website if you haven’t yet — I know she doesn’t have anything exactly like it but she probably has a similar project you could work off. Thanks so much for sending the picture and for your kind words. Keep up the great projects and let me know how they go:) Cheers from Montana! – Pete

  • Guest

    Hey Pete,
    Just wanted to say thanks for a great plan. I built this bench about 2 months ago and absolutely love the look, feel & smell of it. I am just now starting a second one for a gift and wanted to see if you’ve heard of anybody making the same bench with slightly bigger seats to accommodate a cushion?

  • Joe Dziedzic

    I dont have a planer or jointer, but I definitely dont have a problem doing some extra sanding. I was worried because I read online that you have to actually let it dry, and that was the part that worried me.

    • I’ve used the rough sawn 2×4 cedar from home depot and have never had an issue. Just get in the sanding mode and you’ll be able to knock it out pretty quickly. Belt sander would be fastest, but orbital with 40 or 60 grit will work. Good luck and send me a photo when you are done. I’d love to see it! – Pete

  • Joe Dziedzic

    Pete, I love the way these chairs look. I am looking to build 2 for our new patio, but am having trouble finding lumber. Any lumber yard in our area only has 1x, not 2x. The only yard I found that does carry 2×4 or 2×6 in Cedar are rough sawn. Would this work, or do I need finished lumber?

    • Hey Joe, great question! Our Home Depot and Lowes both only carry the rough sawn. However, one of the local lumber yard did have finished. If you have a jointer or planer it is real easy to get it smooth. Otherwise you could sand using a pretty aggressive pad to smooth things out. It would just take a little longer. The nice thing is that you really only touch the 1×6’s and slats that are on the seat, arm rests, and center table. So, some of the 2×4’s you could technically go without smoothing out. The rough look doesn’t look bad and if you seal it with a few coats of poly you won’t get slivers from it. What I would do is get a 40 grit pad for an orbital or use a belt sander to get rid of the rough finish if you don’t have the planer or jointer. Does that sound like it would work for ya? – DIY PETE

      • Herb

        Hello Pete,

        If I make the seats bigger, do I need to add additional supports?

        Thanks!

        • Hi Herb! I’d say you’ll be fine with the current supports. Good luck!

          • James Patterson

            Pete,

            I am getting ready to build one for myself, i too am going to widen the seats to use 25″ wide cushions that i have left over from another chair. My cushions are about 5″ thick, would i need to lower the bench seat height to accommodate this? If so, how much lower?

            • Hey James!

              5 inches thick… I’d say it depends a bit on how firm the cushions are. I’m thinking if you lowered the seat height that you’d want to go down 2 1/2 to 3 inches max. What you might do is put the cushion on a chair and see how it feels and what you might adjust the chair to. Or build a super simple bench out of scrap 2×4’s to temporarily test the height. I’d recommend this since what’s the perfect height for me might not be great for you or someone else. Good luck James!!