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Rustic Outdoor Bench

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Cut and label the parts as needed, using the Cut List and Cutting Diagram as guides and adjusting for fit.

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Outdoor Bench Before you begin, make sure the 1-by-12s and 2-by-12s are the same width. Rip the boards if necessary.

1. Assemble the legs and brace.

  • Following the (01) leg layout in Figure 1, cut two (01) legs.
  • Position the (02) brace centered and flush with the top edges of the (01) legs, and attach using glue and screws.

2. Add the seat and sides.

  • Position the (03) seat centered and overhanging the assembly by 4 inches on each end. Attach using glue and nails.
  • Position the (04) sides flush with the top and ends of the (03) seat, and attach using glue and nails.
  • Using sandpaper, round over the top outside edges of the (04) sides.

3. Add the finishing touches.

  • Fill all holes with wood filler, sand, prime, and paint.
    • Attach nail-on furniture glides to the bottoms of the (01) legs.


    Measurement Chart

    01Legs22 x 121 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 17 1/4
    02Brace12 x 81 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 61
    03Seat11 x 123/4 x 11 1/4 x 72
    04Sides21 x 43/4 x 3 1/2 x 72


    Finished Dimensions:
    Height: 18 inches
    Depth: 12 3/4 inches
    Width: 72 inches

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    Hardware and Supplies

    • 1 Box of 4d Finishing Nails
    • 1 Box (3-inch) Screws
    • 1 Package of Nail-on Furniture Glides
    • Paintable Wood Filler (PL)
    • Wood Glue (Titebond II)
    • 1 Quart of Primer (Valspar Interior Latex High-Hiding Primer)
    • 1 Quart of Paint (Valspar Signature Colors, Waverly Home Classics, Richly Red WV36015, semi-gloss)