How to Construct Log Benches

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How to Construct Log Benches
Make a rustic bench out of a log. (log image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com)

Construct rustic seating for your garden, fire pit or backyard trail out of a log. Log benches add extra seating and blend into their natural environment to create a peaceful resting area. The log is sawn in half lengthwise to create a flat seat and rounded underside. Two log chunks are used on either end of the log seat as the legs to elevate the seat off the ground. Ideal logs for the project include cedar, maple or any hardwood.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Log, 24-inches in diameter, 60-inches long
  • Tape measure
  • Lumber crayon
  • Chain saw
  • Hatchet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure in 12 inches from one end of the log with a tape measure. Mark the measurement with a lumber crayon.

  2. 2

    Saw through the log to cut off the end of the log at the 12 inch mark using a chain saw. This is the leg material for the bench. It should measure 24 inches in diameter by 12 inches in length.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark the centre of one end of the leg section of the log. The centre of the end should be approximately 12-inches in from the edge, since the log is approximately 24-inches in diameter.

  4. 4

    Cut down through the centre of the length of the leg section of the log to create two 12-inch long halves. These are the two legs. The flat side will rest on the ground.

  5. 5

    Mark the centre, lengthwise on the now 48-inch long log using a tape measure and lumber crayon. Measure and mark the centre on one end.

  6. 6

    Saw the 48-inch long log in half lengthwise using a chain saw. Select one half of the log for the seat. The other half can be used in another project.

  7. 7

    Lay the legs with the flat surface down on the ground where you plan to position the bench and approximately 36-inches apart. The ends should be facing the front and back sides of the where the bench seat will be positioned. Mark a shallow depression in the centre of each leg on the rounded side that is facing up with the lumber crayon. The depression should be similar to the curve on the rounded side of the seat.

  8. 8

    Chop out the rounded depression from each leg using a hatchet. This will create a place for the seat to rest on top of the legs.

  9. 9

    Center the seat on the legs with the flat, sawn side up. Slide the rounded side into the chopped out depressions in the legs.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to preserve the bench from natural weathering, you may consider applying a wood sealant. However, many people prefer to leave the bench natural and replace it once it degrades.
  • Wear eye and face protection when operating a chain saw. Follow all safety precautions in the manual for the saw.

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