How to Build Deck Benches around Your Deck How to Build Deck Benches around Your Deck

What You'll Need
2x6 boards
4 and 6 inch bolts and screws
Power saw
Power drill
Sockets and wrenches
Tape measure

Building deck benches on your porch or deck allows you to have some usable space, without having to purchase an expensive outdoor table and chair set. This project is actually very easy, and does not need to be hired out to a contractor or handyman. The bench listed below is designed for extreme use, such as overweight people and playful children, and measures 10 feet long by 12 inches wide.

Step 1: Take Measurements

Decide where you want the bench to be placed, and measure the distance to make sure that it will fit into place. Cut 2 pieces of 2x6 lumber to length. Set these pieces aside so that you can cut the legs.

Step 2: Cut the Legs

Every 1 foot of bench should have a supporting leg to allow for extra support, so for this bench you need to cut 10 legs. Cut 2 1-foot 2x6 pieces for each leg. Next, cut 2 16-inch pieces of 2 x 6 for each leg. This gives you all of the pieces to build the legs.

Step 3: Assemble the Legs

Lay a 1-foot piece on its edge on the ground. Lay a 16 inch piece on its edge next to it, and secure them together with screws. Place the other 1 foot piece on the other end of the wood and screw it down as well. Now, flip the piece over and add another 16 inch piece to the ends, screwing it down. You now have the legs for the bench build. Repeat this process 10 times, which allows you to have all the legs ready to install before proceeding.

Step 4: Attach the Legs to the Bench

Lay the 10 foot bench pieces flat on the ground, leaving a small gap for water and snow drainage in between the 2 pieces. Place the first leg on top of them, making sure that the edges are flush, which gives you the correct gap to leave on the seat of the bench. Pre-drill some holes and secure the legs down with lag bolts. Continue this step every foot, until all of the legs are attached.

Step 5: Attach the Bench

Set the bench where you want it, and secure down with bolts. Pre-drill holes all the way through the leg stands and the floor, and attach the washers and nuts from underneath. Repeat this step on all of the legs. Remember, that the bench will be using the deck railing as its back. This arrangement is convenient, so that you don't waste materials in making a separate back for the bench.

Making this type of porch bench is an easy task that most people can accomplish within a matter of hours, and it will give you years of usable sitting space.

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