Child's Bench with Arbor

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 09:42
Difficulty
Intermediate
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About Project

Free plans to DIY a kids arbor bench!

Hi everyone! Are you ready for another dose of DIY?

A little while back, my dear friend Kirsten from the Crafting Chicks - who built this amazing play kitchen -

and I teamed up, this time on a Child's Garden Arbor bench!

How stinking cute is that????

Believe it or not, this one's actually pretty easy to build!  We've of course got you covered with the free step by step plans below.

But want to see lots more photos of this bench?  And more details on those pillows and construction photos?  Please take a second to stop over and check out Kirsten's building post here.

Thanks Kirsten!

XO Ana

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

2 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 10 feet long
4 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 ¼” galvanized screws
2” galvanized screws
3” galvanized screws (just need a couple)

Cut List

4 – 2x2 @ 48” (Legs)
6 – 1x2 @ 16” (Side trellis rails)
4 – 1x4 @ 52” (seat supports and top)
12 – 1x6 @ 16” (seat and backrest)*
12 – 1x3 @ 24” (Flower pot base) (top trellis)
1 – 1x3 @ 36” (Seat back support)
1 – 2x2 @ 33” (seat back base)
1 – 1x2 @ 33” (seat back top)

*for the 1x6 @ 8 feet long, cut 5 – 16” long and then the remaining will be approximately 15 ½” long. Leave this shorter piece for the ends of the seat back that are slightly shorter to conserve boards.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Attach with 2” screws and glue. Check for square.

Step 2

Build seat, then attach legs. Note - seat can be attached higher for older children as well.

Step 3

These are for the flower pots. You can space as you like.

Step 4

Make sure the distance between the 2x2 is the same at the top as at the seat. Screw on with 2” screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Step 8

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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