Build your rustic garden bench for under $4!

Build your rustic garden bench for $4I want to share with you how to build an easy garden bench for under $4 using fence pickets. Yes, you read that right, a small garden bench for the garden for under $4 with fence pickets from Home Depot (you could find these at other stores if a Home Depot is not near you). This project will take a couple hours with my directions and with treated fence pickets this cute little bench should last for a few years.

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

A trip to Home Depot

What you will need for this project:

  • 2- 6′ fence pickets
  • 28+ 1 1/4″ outdoor screws (I now use Spax screws found at Home Depot) This may depend upon what wood
  • Tape measure, pencil,
  • Saw- if you have a compound miter saw- great- if not you will need a saw to cut the boards to length and a miter box if you want to do the angles
  • Saw and a straight edge if you do not have a table saw or radial arm saw to cut the pickets for the trim in half

Note: if using cedar pickets you need to purchase 1″ brass screws so they will not rust and not go through the thinner cedar pickets.

The directions are for a basic garden bench with screws showing that most beginners could easily do. You are not limited to treated fence pickets and you could use the cedar pickets at Home Depot and the bench will still be under $7. My directions could also be used for barn boards or any other boards you may have lying around. The sky is the limit and have fun.

SPAX screws at Home Depot

I love these screws we decided to try for this project available at Home Depot. The do not need pilot holes in the treated lumber

This bench is sturdy and will hold potted plants or other garden decor. It will also hold someone who decides to sit on it too! I do not recommend this bench for a seating option for grown adults, however, I sat on it and it held me (and I am no lightweight).

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

My first one. Have made many changed since this

I hope you love this idea of creating your own garden bench and let me know how it goes! I had created 3 of them before I got the design down using 2 pickets. I think the final bench is cute and when the treated pickets age they will turn darker and really have a niced aged look.

Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!

2015 copyrighted material C Renee Fuller @theGarden Frog Boutique

garden bench supplies

supplies: pencil, tape measure, 28 screws (I prefer Spax from Home Depot), drill and/or drill driver, drill bit for pilot hole if you are not using SPAX screws, saw, and 2 pickets not pictured

Tip for cutting wood

garden bench directions

1st picket cut 2- 24″ top boards

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

If you have a miter saw, cutting angles is easy

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Carefully we used the guide to take off the 45 degree angle leaving about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2″ for leg

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

I organize my pieces for each side. Note angles are from legs and are used to help brace

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

make sure the measurements are right and the inside angles and brace are flush with the top. you will screw angles onto the 2 1/2″ brace

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Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Make sure all is flush.
Note: your measurements for the inside bracket may be slightly different. Attach with 4 screws- 2 on each top board for more security.

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Important: the screws do not go farther than the trim piece so the screws will be hiddent by trim piece so measure about 2″ from top of bench

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Braces can be cut smaller and tucked up underneath. This is the easier version with less cutting- either way works

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Repeat other side and once completed you now move on to putting on trim. Front and back trim should cover the side trim.

Build your rustic garden bench for $4Build your rustic garden bench for $4Build your rustic garden bench for $4Build your rustic garden bench for $4

Build your rustic garden bench for $4

The cedar picket garden bench is under $6 (this does not include the price of 1″ brass scews which are best with this project)

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