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Here's How: Benches

How to make the perfect outdoor dining bench

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Step 1: Cut the Supports and Legs

Note: If you’d rather not cut the wood yourself, lumberyards and home supply stores can cut the boards to your desired lengths for a modest fee.

Set aside six of the 6-foot boards for bench tops. Measure height of table to determine proper height of benches. Measure, mark and cut six 10 1/2-inch lengths from remaining boards for bench supports and 12 lengths to proper bench height measurement for bench legs (about 13 to 15 inches).

Step 2: Arrange the Boards

For each bench, arrange three bench boards on work surface with 2-inch sides touching and ends aligned. Clamp boards together across width if desired.

Step 3: Measure and Mark the Boards

Measure and mark a line across width 10 inches from each end of boards and another line across width 3/4 inch off one side of center of boards; place a bench support perpendicular to tabletop boards at each line.

Step 4: Make the Bench Top

Drill a pilot hole through supports and bench boards (nine holes total for each bench). Screw pieces together to make bench top.

Step 5: Attach the Legs

Place two legs at one end of the bench, aligning them with the outer edges of boards and placing them against the support. Drill pilot holes through legs and into support boards. Screw pieces together. Attach legs at other end of bench and against center support in same way.

Step 6: Add Extra Screws for Security

Place bench upright; sand leg ends if needed so bench is even. Drill holes through top of bench into legs; screw together from top for extra security.

Step 7: Fill the Screw Holes

Fill top screw holes with wood filler; let dry, then sand all surfaces. Wipe off dust with tack cloth.

Step 8: Apply Primer and Paint

Apply two coats of primer to all surfaces of tabletop, letting dry, then lightly sanding and wiping off dust after each coat. Apply two to three coats of paint to all surfaces of tabletop, letting dry, then lightly sanding and wiping off dust after all but the last coat.

Produced By Donna Talley
From Decorating with Style Magazine
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