How to Make a Bench From Landscape Timbers

Benches that are made from landscape timbers are some of the strongest benches around.

Landscape timbers make a durable, heavy bench.Landscape timbers make a durable, heavy bench.
Many people build timber benches to use up scrap from larger jobs, such as a timber retaining wall project. Landscape timbers are green treated and ready for outdoor use. Any bench made from landscaping timbers should last for decades.

Cut the 96-inch timber into four equal 24-inch lengths using a miter saw. These will be the supports for your bench, positioned horizontally to hold the seat portion of your bench.

Drill two 3/8-inch holes that are 4 inches deep into the 24-by-6 inch surface of two of the 24-inch timbers. Place a timber with the holes in it on top of another 24-inch timber that does not have the holes in it. All four vertical sides of these two timbers should be flush. Screw the timbers together by screwing through the 3/8-inch holes and into the timber that is beneath it. Repeat this process with the other two 24-inch timbers.

Space both sets of 24-inch timbers so they are parallel, standing on their 6-by-24 inch sides, so they are 48 inches apart. Set the 72-inch timbers on top of the 24-inch timbers so they are perpendicular to the 24-inch timbers, and so there is a 6-inch overhang at both ends. Screw the 72-inch timbers to the 24-inch timbers using four screws for each timber. Drill a 3/8-inch hole that is 4-inches deep for each screw.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Landscape timber, 6-by-6-by-96 inch
  • 4 landscape timbers, 6-by-6-by-72 inch
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3/8-inch
  • Screw gun
  • 24 wood screws, 6-inch

About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.