Need a serving bench for your next gathering? Look no further than this outdoor bench. The top and shelf give you oodles of space but it’s compact enough to be tucked out of the way.
Gather your supplies
- 88 x 88 x 3600mm primed H3 treated pine
- 66 x 42 x 2400mm primed H3 treated pine (2)
- 66 x 30 x 2400mm primed H3 treated pine (2)
- 138 x 19 x 5400mm Merbau decking
- 138 x 19 x 3600mm Merbau decking
- Legs 88 x 88 x 885mm pine (4)
- End rails 66 x 42 x 524mm pine (2)
- Side rails 66 x 42 x 1164mm pine (2)
- Shelf end rails 66 x 30 x 500mm pine (2)
- Shelf side rails 66 x 30 x 1140mm pine (2)
- Cross rail 66 x 42 x 440mm pine
- Shelf cross rail 66 x 30 x 440mm pine
- Bench boards 138 x 19 x 1204mm decking (4)
- Shelf boards 138 x 19 x 1140mm decking (3)
You’ll also need Sandpaper; painting equipment; 1 litre Dulux Weathershield low sheen exterior paint in Monument; measuring tape; power saw; hammer; chisel; exterior PVA glue; drill and various drill bits; countersinking bit; 75mm galvanised batten screws; 65mm galvanised wood screws; 50mm decking screws; 1 litre natural decking oil; deck cleaner
Lightly sand then paint the primed treated pine with Weathershield low sheen exterior paint in Monument. It will be easier to do it at this stage than when the bench is assembled.
On 2 adjacent faces at 1 end of 1 leg, mark out for a rebate 30mm deep and 66mm high. To cut rebate, set saw to cut 30mm deep and make multiple passes with the saw. Knock out waste timber and smooth rebate using a chisel. Repeat for remaining 3 legs.
On same faces as rebates and 200mm from other end of leg, mark out for 30mm deep, 66mm high notches for shelf rails. Cut through timber and smooth with the chisel as done in Step 1.
Using power saw set at 45°, cut 1 end rail and 1 shelf end rail. Make angled cuts go in opposite directions across the timber. Glue and screw end rail to rebates at top of legs and shelf end rail into notches near bottom of legs. Screw from inside of legs using 75mm batten screws so they will be less visible. Repeat to create second leg assembly.
Repeat Step 3 to make angled cuts on side rails and shelf side rails and use to join leg assemblies. Spread glue on mitred joins then screw through end rails into side rails across the mitre, using 65mm wood screws.
Fit cross rail and shelf cross rail in position at centre of their corresponding side rails. Screw through side rails and shelf side rails into cross rails to secure
Cut an 88 x 88mm rebate out of 1 corner at both ends of 1 shelf board. Ensure the rebates are on same side of board. Place in position on shelf frame so rebates fit around legs. Make side of board flush with shelf side rail and ends flush with shelf end rails. Screw board into frame using 50mm decking screws. Repeat to attach second rebated shelf board to other side of shelf frame. Screw remaining shelf board to frame, evenly spaced between other boards.
Place bench boards on top of table so they overhang frame by 20mm all around and gaps between them are equal. Screw through boards into table with 50mm decking screws.