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Garden Bench Plans – Outdoor Projects That You’ll Be Proud Of

 Outdoor projects like garden benches can sharpen your skills in building something while bonding with your buddy. Projects like this require plans to assist you and teach you what to do. If you are constructing a garden bench, you will need a set of good garden bench plans to make your construction easy and glitch-free.

Garden benches are often very convenient for reading books, relaxing, sitting and enjoying the outdoors. These are even perfect for entertaining guests during a bright, sunny day. These could be placed in your lawn, backyard, patio or porch and the construction of such benches could be a weekend project with your family or friends.

Before anything else, you should choose the design and style of your garden bench and find the appropriate garden bench plans for it. Then get all the necessary tools for its construction and prepare all the materials that are needed for this project.

For a beginner, constructing a wooden garden bench may be difficult. But if you have good wooden garden bench plans with illustrations, the procedure will be easier to follow.

Garden bench plans are available in the internet. Some bench plans are given away for free while other bench plans can be bought on online shops and at some websites that sell plans. You can also find free plans in libraries, bookstores and magazines.

Make a list of all the materials that you’ll be using for the construction of the bench so that you’ll have an idea about the cost of the materials. Pre-treated wood is resistant to rot and decay due to the harsh outdoor weather condition and it is resistant to mold and termite infestation as well.

Redwood and cedar are more expensive than the other kinds of wood but they could last for several years and they look nicer than the other kinds of wood.

Constructing your own wooden garden bench gives you a free hand when it comes to customizing and decorating your garden bench. You could paint it or stain it to make your bench aesthetically appealing not only to your family but to guests as well. Painting or staining also helps in prolonging the life of your bench. Painting your bench requires regular maintenance and touch ups for the paint tends to peel off and flake.

Staining the wood requires less maintenance and the stains are available in different tones. You can also opt to let the wood weather so as to achieve a rustic and more natural look.

For safety purposes, it is advisable to anchor your bench to the ground. This will prevent the bench from tipping over whenever children are climbing it or whenever an adult leans too much on it. Galvanized iron brackets are perfect anchors for your bench.

Always be careful with the tools that you are going to use. These tools can cause injury especially if they have sharp or pointed parts. Read the tool’s manual before using the said tool. Use protective gloves and goggles, and always follow the safety cautions on the manual. Power tools should be kept dry and plug them on grounded outlets only. Your fingers should always be away from the blades whenever the tool or the blade is in motion. Use clamps to hold small wood instead of holding it using your hand. Prolonged use of power tools can damage your eyesight and sense of hearing. Always make sure that your power tools are unplugged when not in use or whenever you are changing the blades.

Woodworking is a good hobby that sharpens your skills. It produces impressive hand-made things that you can really be proud of. If you’re a beginner, start working on simple projects like garden benches and choose garden bench plans that are easy to understand and follow. When you’ve honed your skills, you can try more difficult projects that you can show off to your friends.