When the famed conservationist and father of the modern environmental movement Aldo Leopold wanted a place to sit down, he built himself a simple bench with timeless appeal. The bench is easy to replicate, so it makes a good garden project for those with little carpentry experience.
After gathering up all the tools and materials, this project can be completed in two hours or less. If you start early enough in the day, you can be sitting on a bench in your garden before the sun burns the dew off the grass. The hardest part of this project will be deciding where to put the finished seat when you're done!
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Untreated pine, cedar, or oak
1 2-by-8 board, 10 feet long (for the legs)
1 2-by-6 board, 33 inches long (for the back)
1 2-by-10 board, 30 inches long (for the seat)
Six ⅜-inch carriage bolts, 3½ inches long
Six ⅜-inch nuts
Six ⅜-inch washers
Twelve 3½-inch deck screws
Sawhorses or workbench
Handsaw or circular saw
⅜-inch spade bit
⅛-inch drill bit