Garden Arbor With Bench

Garden Arbor With Bench

This step by step diy project is about how to build a garden arbor bench. If you want to learn more about building a sturdy diy arbor bench for your garden, pay attention to the instructions shown in this tutorial. This project is ideal for any backyard, especially if you like spending time in your backyard. I managed to build this garden bench with common materials and tools. With as little as 25 $ you can create a cozy corner in your garden in just one weekend.
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Garden Arbor With Bench

Sure, you could plop a couple of deck chairs in your backyard for an impromptu sitting area. But a hand-built cedar bench, framed by an arbor, gives you a more permanent place to kick back as the weather warms up, and adds an elegant architectural feature. Our design incorporates classic touches such as profiled rafter tails, alternating wide and narrow boards for the seat and backrest, and trellis sides to let your favorite climbers ascend to the overhead structure. Or you can let the bench remain free of greenery—it’s eye-catching enough on its own. Follow along as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers puts it all together. Western red cedar: Find a dealer near you at WRCLA. Download the arbor bench cut list.
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Garden Arbor With Bench

Step Fifteen // How to Build an Arbor Bench Install the Remaining Crosspieces and Vertical Strips Photo by Kolin Smith Fit the upper and middle crosspieces into the gaps in the legs (the middle ones act as armrests for the bench). Secure them by toenailing 3-inch screws through the crosspieces and into the inside faces of the legs. Cut 1×2 lattice strips to size, per the cut list. Center the longer vertical strip between the bench’s legs, and attach it to the crosspieces with 1¼-inch screws. Center the shorter strips vertically and place them equidistant from the long strip and the leg. Attach to the crosspieces with 1¼-inch screws. Repeat on the opposite side.
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Garden Arbor With Bench

As you can see in the garden arbor plans, building it requires basic materials and average woodworking skills. See in the next tutorial how I built my own arbor, step by step.
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Garden Arbor With Bench

The arbor bench has four main sections: the two sides, the bench seat, and the backrest. Build it in the sequence that follows, allowing for the inevitable variation in the thickness of the lumber and lattice, which will affect widths and lengths. The trellis top, which consists of two pairs of horizontal 2-by-6s and seven 2-by-3 crosspieces, is added piece by piece. Before starting construction, rip two of the 8-foot 2-by-6s in half (to create 2-by-3s).
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Garden Arbor With Bench

Sure, you could plop a couple of deck chairs in your backyard for an impromptu sitting area. But a hand-built cedar bench, framed by an arbor, gives you a more permanent place to kick back as the weather warms up, and adds an elegant architectural feature. Our design incorporates classic touches such as profiled rafter tails, alternating wide and narrow boards for the seat and backrest, and trellis sides to let your favorite climbers ascend to the overhead structure. Or you can let the bench remain free of greenery—it’s eye-catching enough on its own. Follow along as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers puts it all together.
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Garden Arbor With Bench

Step Four // How to Build an Arbor Bench Level and Square the Post Anchors Photo by Kolin Smith Place the template on top of the anchors and check it for level, making adjustments as necessary. Again, make sure the anchors are parallel to one another and square to the bench’s footprint.
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Step Five // How to Build an Arbor Bench Dry-fit the Pieces Photo by Kolin Smith Refer to the diagram on the previous page. Each leg is made from one long 2×4 built up with 2×4 support blocks separated by gaps where the crosspieces, bench, and rafter assembly will be attached. Cut the pieces to size per the diagram, then lay out a set of leg pieces on a flat surface, using scrap blocks of 2×4 as spacers between the support blocks.
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Attach the 4×4 posts to the seat. I chose not to set the posts into concrete, so I can move the arbor easily from one location to another. The structure might look as lacking support right now, but I assure you that after fitting the rest of the components, the arbor will be super-rigid.
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You can add a little romance to your garden with this handsome arbor bench. The freestanding 60-inch-wide, 30-inch-deep, 86-inch-high structure has a number of subtle features that add to its appearance, strength, and comfort.
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Next, you need to attach the 4×4 legs to the garden arbor with bench. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 5″ screws into the seat frame. Make sure the posts are plumb and double-check if the corners are square. If you want a permanent structure, you can set the posts in 2-3′ deep footings.
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2. Lay the arbor bench on its back. Clamp a pair of the beams to the front and back of the front posts so they’re flush with the tops and extend equally on each side. Find center line of posts, transfer to top 2-by-6, and mark points 1 inch from top and bottom edges.
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You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. If this is your first project, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the arbor bench. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
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Step Eight // How to Build an Arbor Bench Cut and Assemble the Seat Base Photo by Kolin Smith Using a miter saw, cut 2×4 pieces to size for the base, per the cut list. Sandwich the stringers between the long front and back pieces, as shown, so that the middle one is centered and the outer ones are 5 inches from the ends. Drive 3-inch screws through the front and back pieces and into the ends of the stringers.
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Step Nine // How to Build an Arbor Bench Attach the Base and Lower Crosspieces Photo by Kolin Smith Fit the base into the 3½-inch gaps in the legs so that the ends are flush with the outer edges of the legs. Check the base for level, from front to back and side to side, and make adjustments as necessary. Secure the base by driving 2⅝-inch screws through the front and back of the base and into the inside faces of the legs. Cut all 2×4 crosspieces to size, and fit the lower ones into the gaps in the legs beneath the base. Secure them by toenailing 3-inch screws through the crosspieces and into the inside faces of the legs. Secure the legs to the post anchors with the supplied lag screws, adding shims if necessary.
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Step Ten // How to Build an Arbor Bench Cut the Pieces and Install the Side Supports Photo by Kolin Smith Use a miter saw to cut parallel 30-degree cuts to the ends of the backrest supports, per the cut list. Slide the side support between the leg and the seat base so that the bottom is flush with the underside of the base’s outer stringer. Clamp it in place and drive 2⅝-inch screws through the support and into the crosspiece. Repeat on the opposite side. Tip: If you prefer a straight backrest, square-cut the supports and reinforcement block instead of mitering them.
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Step Eleven // How to Build an Arbor Bench Secure the Center Support Photo by Kolin Smith Cut a 30-degree miter off one end of a reinforcement block, per the cut list. Attach it to the seat base’s middle stringer, long edge facing upward, using 2⅝-inch screws. Slide the backrest’s center support into the gap between the reinforcement block and the back of the seat base, as shown, until the bottom is flush with the underside of the middle stringer. Secure it by driving 2⅝-inch screws through the support and into the stringer.
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Step Twelve // How to Build an Arbor Bench Cut the Seat Boards Photo by Kolin Smith Cut 1×4 and 1×2 seat and backrest boards to size, per the cut list. The first 1×4 board at the front of the seat will extend ½ inch past the front edge of the seat’s base and must be notched at the ends to wrap around the front legs. Mark the notch positions, 3¾ inches from each end and 2¼ inches from the board’s front edge. Use a jigsaw to cut out the notches.
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Step Thirteen // How to Build an Arbor Bench Attach the Seat Boards Photo by Kolin Smith Set the notched seat board in place as shown. Lay alternating 1x2s and 1x4s behind it, using ¼-inch spacers between them. Secure the boards by driving 1¼-inch screws through each board and into the seat base’s stringers. The screwheads will be visible, so be sure to line up the screws uniformly on each board.