If you want to get to know how to make your own summer bench, this article is the right one for you. We’ll try to show you some of the basic tips on how to make your own summer cedar bench so that you can have something to lounge on during arid, hot summers for many years to come.
Before we go any further, let me first give you a list of the things that you will be needing to get started with the bench. Here are some of the raw materials as follows:
- 15 2×4 And 6 1×6 Inches Cedar Logs/Wood
- Gorilla Glue
- Varathane Wood Finish
- Clay Pots (2.8 inches-Diameter)
- Various Plants
- Small Pillows
- Duragrip 8×2-1/2 Or 8×3 Cedar Screws
- 4 Bags Of Alexandria Molding Hardwood Mixtures
- 3/8 Birch-head Plugs
- Norton Multi-sand (One Pack)
- 9×11 in. Sanding Sheets
- Fine-150 Grit
- Elmer’s Tube
Now taking know what you need in order to make your DIY bench with planters, we can now go to discuss the individual steps that you should take in order to successfully make one.
First, you have to stack that the boards up on top of each other to make the shape of the planter. (About 20 boards will do.) You can use just as much gorilla glue as you need to do this task. It is important that you have patience because this is a very tedious task to do.
Secondly, you have to build the basic frame of the bench itself. How long the frame will be depends on how many planters you would like to have. For the purpose of this article, we will make two planters. You should attach both ends of the remaining each blocks of wood at the back of each planter like the picture below.
You can either do an elevated bench or something well balanced and symmetrical the decision is entirely up to you. Once the bench is complete, you can now fasten the whole build with wood filler and sand the entire bench. This will give it a cleaner look. After this, you can varnish it with clear Varathane.
Now you can place some of your favorite potted plants on each side of the bench and hopes of those in the middle. Whatever you choose to do, you have to make sure that you give it some time. Patience as mentioned earlier is needed for this kind of work so you have to be extra hard working in order to succeed.