How to Build a Concrete Garden Bench

What You'll Need
Particle board coated with melamine
Table saw
Alternate tooth saw blade
Painters tape
Rubber hammer
Measuring tape

Adding a place to sit within your landscaped garden can be as simple as adding a concrete garden bench. Concrete stands the test of time but buying a concrete garden bench is expensive. The following article will show you how to build your own concrete garden bench.

Step 1 - Design the Bench

Use the pen and paper to draw the concrete garden bench. To make it easy for you start with a rectangular shape to use as a seat and two legs. This type of bench lacks complication which makes it simple to build. Determine how long you want the bench seat to be and how wide. The legs of the bench will be the same width of the bench but 1/2 to 3/4 the length of the bench.

Step 2 - Make the Mold

Take your measurements to the home improvement center and purchase the melamine-coated particle board. Many of these stores will cut wood for you as a free service so take your measurements with you and ask them to cut the boards. If they will not do it then take it home and do it yourself.

Draw the dimensions of each piece. You'll need two short sides, two long sides and a bottom. The legs are designed the same way minus the top or bottom. Center painters tape over the lines and cut the board through the center of the tape.

Nail the pieces together to form boxes. The open areas are where the concrete is going to be poured.

Step 3 - Excavation

Determine where the concrete garden bench will be and measure the length of the concrete garden bench. Stake the dimensions of the legs and then dig at least 4 inches deep between the stakes. Use the tamper to level the ground in the hole and make sure it is level by utilizing the level tool.

Step 4 - Making the Concrete Garden Bench

Mix the concrete according to the directions on the bag. Mix it in the wheelbarrow using the rake until you achieve the correct consistency. Place the leg molds into the holes you dug and remove the stakes. Use the rubber hammer to tap the molds in place and use the level to ensure each side is leveled properly. Dig a hole one each side of each leg and hammer a 2x4 in each hole. Make sure the boards are flush against the mold. Place the bench seat mold on the ground with the open area on top. Add 2x4s in the same way as you did for the legs.

Slowly pour concrete into each mold one at a time. Fill the molds all the way to the top and use a piece of wood to scrape away the excess. Use the float and trowel to smooth out the top of the concrete. Wait several days for the concrete to cure and harden. Remove the braces and the molds. Place the bench top on top of the legs.