Modern Outdoor Bench

Modern Outdoor Bench

Bring fashion and function outdoors. Relax poolside with contemporary outdoor furniture, including lounge chairs and modular sectional sofas, or serve tropical drinks and hors d'oeuvres at backyard parties with our unique outdoor entertaining pieces. With modern patio furniture and outdoor accessories, you'll have everything you need for outdoor living. up to 20% off select outdoor furniture outdoor furniture outdoor planters outdoor accessories outdoor entertaining
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Modern Outdoor Bench

Whether you’re creating the ultimate outdoor entertainment spot or the perfect nature-filled retreat, garden benches have a place in every outdoor space. Outdoor benches come in a variety of sizes and materials, ensuring they’ll fit perfectly into any nook, patio, porch, deck or garden. Not only can an aptly placed park bench add seating, it can enhance your outdoor décor with colors, textures and designs. If a contemporary outdoor bench sounds like the perfect addition to your backyard area, here are a couple helpful tips to get you started in your search:
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Modern Outdoor Bench

I made this bench and used 10 8 ft long. I made the bench 48″ long with 23″ tall feet. This makes the bench 15″ wide. The bench is now a table because I made it too tall. I will build another one 18″ tall. Use a chop saw with presets, for more accurate cuts. This greatly reduces sanding. Also I used 2.5″ square drive screws to put the inside pietces together and only glued on the outside pieces, The results are great just need to adjust the height.
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Modern Outdoor Bench

Every porch needs a DIY outdoor bench, at least that’s what Steve and I decided the other day. Actually Steve has had the concept for this bench in his head for awhile. He wanted to make something without screws and hardware . . . completely with adhesive. Yet he had some other qualifications as well – the bench had to be modern, inexpensive, load bearing (no falling apart please), and look great.
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Modern Outdoor Bench

Bring fashion and function outdoors. Relax poolside with contemporary outdoor furniture, including lounge chairs and modular sectional sofas, or serve tropical drinks and hors d'oeuvres at backyard parties with our unique outdoor entertaining pieces. With modern patio furniture and outdoor accessories, you'll have everything you need for outdoor living.
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Modern Outdoor Bench

Step Two: Cut the pieces of wood according to the cut list above. Keep in mind, these measurements produced a finished bench that is 16″ high x 40″ long x 13.5″ deep . . . AND a little extra was left for the milling and sanding process. If you want to customize the size of your bench, you’ll need to adjust these cut lengths.
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Modern Outdoor Bench

Great looking bench, well designed, I am going to build one. Only one thing i question is the use of construction liquid nails, rather than regular wood glue. Time to dry may be an issue, ?? but I think of the bench construction as basically furniture joints
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Modern Outdoor Bench

DIY Wood Bench–  Want that luxe look without the price tag that comes with it? DIY it!!! This wood bench is a perfect example. Instead of paying over $1,400 for it, this blogger made it for literally pennies on the dollar.
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Hi Holden! I’m so excited that you made the bench! That’s awesome! And yes, you can definitely make a table to go with the bench. What you might want to alter is 1) either actually screwing things together or 2) using braces underneath with screws that can’t be seen. So that it looks on top like it’s glued only, but underneath you have some support
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Our stain was outdoor stain AND sealer, and our project is currently under a porch covering (though it is exposed to the elements). Depending on how much your DIY bench will see sunlight and rain, you’ll likely want to make the final project a little tougher with some hard core polyurethane.

evenings. Our feature project above, is from ‘DIY Candy’. This Williams Sonoma inspired DIY outdoor bench is just what you need for extra seating on the deck, or to tuck in a little garden nook for an
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Step Seven: Use your stain to paint your DIY bench. Applying stain is relatively easy. You can use a brush, paint it on, then wipe it off. You can read the instructions on your container to make sure you are following the process for that particular stain. Some people even apply stain with a rag and then wipe it off with a second rag to get a look they like.
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killer bench.. I’m gonna make two for the back patio out of redwood instead of pressure treated. looks better, doesn’t cost that much more, you don’t have to deal with the warping as bad, and i wont have to stain it. I’m also thinking about screwing all of the inside pieces together to speed things along and saving the clamps for the outside layers.
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I am currently building this bench (not sure why all caps is on thought I turned it off) but anyway, how long do you clamp between adding new layers? A few minutes, a couple hours..cause the clamps are in the way of adding more..
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And yes, you can definitely make a table to go with the bench. What you might want to alter is 1) either actually screwing things together or 2) using braces underneath with screws that can’t be seen. So that it looks on top like it’s glued only, but underneath you have some support
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Steve, as an architect and wood worker, I must say this bench is awesome. Its simplistic design makes it incredibly elegant. While it also seems relatively simple to build. I hate to steal other peoples designs but I’m going to have to this time. Thanks for posting!
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I loved this design so I gave it a shot and it came out pretty nice! A few things that I would do if I built it again: I would glue the top of the bench all together and then plane it one last time to make it flawlessly even so no belt sander is needed. Then I would insert the legs. Also, the height is a little less than desired. After the fact, I have learned that standard benches are 18-18.5 inches tall and this one measures slightly under 16″ if you have to belt sand the legs to make them flat. Lastly, I would use a stop on the chop saw to cut the materials, so that I don’t have varying lengths from human error on marking with a measuring tape.
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Today I’m building a set of modern outdoor benches using an awesome 2×4 box joint configuration. These benches were originally designed by DIY Candy, and because they had everything in a written article, I thought a video would be cool too. Be sure tocheck out their blog in the link below.
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Wood glue should always be used for gluing wood to wood. Modern wood glues are incredibly strong once cured, stronger than the wood itself.. Titebond 3 is >10x stronger than liquid nails. Type 3 glues are a bit pricier than basic wood glues, but the waterproof property is needed outdoors.
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Use the paint on the interior? No. Each finish has its purpose, exterior finishes need to be flexible (wood expands/contracts A LOT outside), have strong UV inhibitors (sunlight will destroy interior finishes within weeks), and be waterproof. Most of these properties are useless indoors, where harder, abrasion resistant and wood enhancing finishes are preferred. Wood glue should always be used for gluing wood to wood. Modern wood glues are incredibly strong once cured, stronger than the wood itself.. Titebond 3 is >10x stronger than liquid nails. Type 3 glues are a bit pricier than basic wood glues, but the waterproof property is needed outdoors.

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