Cedar Planter Bench // Drawing and Rendering

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Looking for a new statement pieces for your deck, porch or outdoor space? This beautiful cedar bench is just what you need!

In The PDF Download*:
• Pictures of the completed bench
• Material List + Cuts List
• Engineered Drawing
• Engineered Rending

Materials You Will Need:
• 15 Cedar 2×4’s (8ft long)
• 6 Cedar 1×6’s (8ft long)
• Gorilla Glue
• Duragrip 8×2-1/2 Cedar Deck Screws
• Duragrip 8×3 Cedar Deck Screws
• 4 bags of Alexandria Moulding Hardwood 3/8 Birch Head Plugs
• 1 package Norton MultiSand 9 inch x11 inch Sanding Sheets Fine-150 grit
• Elmer’s Tinted Wood Filler Natural Tube
• Varathane Diamond Wood Finish – Outdoor (Water, Satin)
• Paint Brush
• 2 8inch diameter clay pots
• Ferns (or plants of your choice)
• Potting soil
• 3 decorative pillows

*please note this download does not include detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Are the pots suspended by the edge of the planter or do you have something under them to get them off the ground?
A: We secured a 2×4 in place on the inside of the planter so the planter sits on top of that. We did have a larger pot that was suspended by the edges of the planter, however we thought it looked better having the planter “invisible.”

Q: What length should I cut the 2x4s (the ones you stack)? How do you make the bench part?
A: The 2×4’s on this bench were cut to 15 inches. You can download the rending and drawing above for more specific directions.

Q. How did you do the cut out at the top where the shorter planter and the bench meet?
A: The planter hole on the short side of the bench was easy to cut out. Simply stage the boards as though you are attaching them and using a square tool draw a square that will accommodate a planter. Remove each board and using a jigsaw cut out the square. The middle board will obviously need to be cut right out, while the two side boards will require more of a notch type cut. When you stage the bench boards on top you’ll be able to clearly see the planter hole. At this time I advise you try inserting your planter to make sure the hole is large enough. If not, take the time to make more cuts, shaving off an inch or so as necessary. Once you’re are satisfied, attach the boards to the frame with screws.

Q. How do I attach the horizontal bench to the two planter stands?
The two stands were attached to the horizontal bench frame with screws on the inside of the frame in a slanted fashion. This is known as toenailing. It also keeps the screws hidden. 6-8 screws were used (toenailed) to attach the frame to the towers.

Q: What’s your climate like? I’m in Ireland, and not sure it would survive the weather too long.
A: The climate here in Ontario, Canada is pretty much a muck of everything – humidity, rain, really hot, really cold. We have a saying here: just wait 10 minutes. Sometimes you can experience, what feels like, all our seasons in one day. That said, I have had the bench out on our front porch for almost a year now – through sun, wind, rain, and a very cold winter, and it has done just fine. Cedar tends to stand up to weather better!