Make an Outdoor Slab Bench

comments (3) April 9th, 2012 in blogs

jtetreault John Tetreault, Deputy Art Director
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Pine slab bench plan
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Years ago I came across a few four inch thick pine slabs that I used for extra outdoor seating, facing an outdoor wood-fired grill. I thought I would share the design in case any of you are looking for a spring project as the weather turns warmer. A few cuts with a hand saw, two huge dovetails, and six lag bolts later... you'll have a bench (with a side shelf) that will last for years. I included a quick sketch to show the construction.

I had planned on making two matching benches, but ended up simply laying the second slab on top of two stumps for the second bench. This past weekend I upgraded the slab-across-two-stumps bench to a couch of sorts. Check out this post for the cordwood couch.


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Comments (3)

crisw crisw writes: Can you give some tips on how to cut the huge dovetails? I have two beautiful walnut slabs I'd like to use to make a bench like this, but I have no idea how to do the dovetails (never done them before.)
Posted: 3:27 pm on July 1st

phenolic phenolic writes: now that's how you work with wood! and kudos for making that shelf for my drink while I'm waiting for what ever you're cooking up on that wood-fired grill. Sweet.
Posted: 9:10 pm on April 14th

afull afull writes: That is a beautiful bench. I love that fact that nothing was wasted and its still a solid piece of furniture. You have inspired me to try something like that myself. Thanks.
Posted: 12:05 pm on April 11th

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