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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


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These are the benches I made for the play area in our yard for the Grandchildren. I made 4 of them, 2 for each of the corners by the driveway, rather than have a fence.  I was going for a look that would be cohesive with my landscape and not look totally playground. These break down for winter storage, because they had to be out of the way for snow removal.

Here's how I did them.
Make 2 for each corner you want them in.


2X6X8 Pressure Treated Boards (2 for each bench)
1X4X8 Pressure Treated Boards (3 for each bench)
2 1/2" Coated Deck Screws  (I used 3 in each 
     area of the 2X6s, total of 30) 
1 5/8" Coated Deck Screws (I used 2 in each area 
     of the 1X4s, 10 for each board, total of 60)
Chimney Blocks (2 for each bench)
Exterior Latex Paint
Deck Stain and Sealer


Power Miter Saw or Table Saw
Power Drill
Small Square
Corner clamps or Band Clamp
Pipe Clamps
Paint Brush or Roller



Some pics of the final product


  1. My tutorial made The Frugal Designer blog.


  2. Awesome and so clever! I'll be featuring your tutorial too! ;) I'll keep you posted. Thanks so much for sharing and putting the work into a great tutorial!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. *** Note the changes in the screw sizes above. I realized I put too short sizes in my tutorial. I built this last year, so I was kinda going by memory when I made the tutorial.

  4. Those are really cool! Nice backyard play area. I'm totally jealous. My daughter would be in heaven climbing one of those huge trees.

  5. Sandra, did you notice the indoor outdoor carpeting? I didn't want a muddy play/conversation area. It worked out very well last summer, so it went back down this year.

  6. Nice tutorial. Great way to dress up your yard and give the kids and others a place to play/sit.

  7. This is such a clever and creative project. Well done!

  8. That bench is amazing. And thanks for the great tutorial and drawings too!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project's hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge -- The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!


  9. So when I checked out your side tables and you linked to this post, I felt like I knew you! I made a couple of these benches earlier this year and I love them! The new property we bought in the country had cinder blocks everwhere - this put a few of them to good use! Thanks for sharing!


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