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Leopold Bench Plans – Easy DIY Project

Quick and easy DIY project for an outdoor bench. Leopold bench plans include illustrations, measurements, and shopping list.

Leopold Bench Plans – Overview

Leopold Bench Plans – Shopping List

1 – 2×8 – 10′

1 – 2×6 – 8′

1 – 2×10 – 8′

2 1/2″ deck screws

6 – 3 1/2″ carriage bolts, washer, nuts

leopold bench plans material

leopold bench plans legs

The front (A) and back legs (B) are built using a 2×8. Cut the front and back legs as shown on illustration above.

leopold bench plans front leg

Finish cutting the two front legs (A) as shown on illustration above.

leopold bench plans front back leg

Assemble the front leg (A) and back leg (B) as shown above using 3 1/2″ carriage bolts.

leopold bench plans seat and backrest

Cut a 2×10 to 36″ long for the seat (C) and a 2×6 to 39″ long for the backrest (D).

Assemble as show on illustration above using 2 1/2″ deck screws.

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  1. Love these plans, time to break out the old table saw. Just 1 question, what type of wood are you using? (Pressure treated, oak, etc)

    • Charvey Spencer

      We have used 2×8 for seat and you should be able to use Douglas Fir, cedar, green or brown treated wood, depending upon your preference. For a 3′ bench, you should be able to use (2) 2″ x 8″ x 8′ boards and cut it into (4) 3′ pieces and (2) 2′ pieces.

  2. Thank you. I’m excited to get started.

  3. Steve Hardingham

    Love your plans, Just got to find the time to make all of them. What with 3 Grandkids and 2 more on the way gotta love the Kids first. Guess when I do get to making them a bench/chair they will love me more? lol

  4. Hello. Well laid out plan thanks. I do however have one question.

    Why use 3 /12 carriage bolts to go though only two legs?

    thanks, Bj

    • The width of a 2X4 board is actually 1.5″ by 3.5″. Using a 3.5″ carriage bolt leaves .25″ extra for the nut.

  5. This will be my weekend project, to build 3 of these! Thank you for these simple plans.

  6. Did I miss read something? Why am I buying a t0 foot board for a 3 foot seat?

  7. You are way off on everything., 7 extra feet of 2×10 and 81 extra inches 2×6 , you short 6 inches of 2×8. Lag bolts should be used but need to be 2 3/4 and use washers. Please get a clue

  8. I have made several of these. I have found attaching the backrest without cuttng that straight cut on the upper long legs makes for a more relaxed posture. You dont have to sit up so straight. Good diagrams.

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