DIY a statement piece for your garden with the free building plans for this DIY Lutyen’s garden bench – made with pocket holes in lieu of fancy joinery – so it’s perfect for the self-taught builder (like me!)
I like creating plans and coming up with solutions to fit my specific needs at home but there are so many fantastic plans already out there – many for free – that you really don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every build. You don’t even have to use plans; if you need a bit of inspiration you could just look at pictures of things like these teak garden benches to give you some ideas of what to build.
This Lutyens garden bench from Shara at Woodshop Diaries and Build Something is case-in-point. I could not have designed anything prettier than this bench and the fact that it is made almost entirely with pocket holes (versus fancy joinery) means that it is well within my skill level as a self-taught builder.
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The most time-consuming part of the build is the back. You’ll need a jigsaw or a bandsaw to cut the scrollwork from a 2″ x 8″, and then every little slat may need to be cut individually (versus cutting 6 at the same measurement at once) to account for slight variations between the central perpendiculars.
Then, if you’re like me, you’ll want to get as much of the sanding done before you actually install any of the pieces so that you can easily reach all those hard-to-get-at areas.
Not difficult, just time consuming.
But once you have the back of your DIY Lutyens bench done, the rest flies together!