How To Make A Picnic Bench

By following some basic guidelines, you can make learn how to make a picnic bench seat in no time. Picnic bench seats can be places in a home garden backyard, or even local playground, and serve as a great place to relax and take in the sights of simply have a snack. 

Supplies needed to make a picnic bench:

  • Lumber
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Metal brackets
  • Drill
  • Bolts
  1. Purchase a piece of lumber that is ten inches wide, two inches thick, and six feet long. This will be used for the seat of the picnic bench. Sand the board, paying special attention to the side of the board where users will sit.
  2. Purchase a piece of lumber that is four inches wide, two inches thick, and eight feet long. This piece of lumber will serve as the legs of the bench. Cut it into four two-foot sections. Select two of the two-foot pieces and cross them over each other, creating an "X" shape. As stated above, this will form the legs of the picnic bench–so make sure they do not exceed the ten-inch width of the seat board. Repeat the process with the second set of boards.
  3. Pace a metal bracket over the boards at their point of intersection, and carefully drill a hole into the center. Place a bolt through the hole created by the drill and position a bracket on the other side of the boards, securing tightly with a metal nut. Repeat the process with the second set of boards. Finally, drill a hole into each of the boards on both set of legs–this will allow you to attach the legs to the picnic bench seat with a bolt.
  4. Carefully drill hour holes through the picnic bench seat. Position the legs of the bench seat approximately two to four inches from the end of the bench.  Secure the bench seat to the legs with a bolt, making sure to tighten thoroughly. Make sure the bolt is flush with the seat in order to prevent injury or damage to users of the bench.
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