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Fire Pit Bench Finished

In this post I’ll show you how I made this Bench that’s great for Fire Pits.

I made this Fire Pit Bench in an afternoon.  It’s a great real life project, that beginners and advanced beginners can make.  The bench is sturdy and since there is a great space underneath it for firewood it’s practical too.  I also really liked the look and I’m considering make a few more.  Outdoor cedar benches always look so nice, and with a little treatment can last a long time.

I found the plan for this in a book I picked up: Black & Decker Outdoor Wood Furnishings You can get it for pretty cheap at amazon.  I’ve seen the same plan published in other Black & Decker books too.  If you haven’t checked out some of Black & Decker’s woodworking books there definitely a great investment.  I’ve created many projects, and been inspired to build other things based on their plans.

For a little extra help with this project I also put together a video of how I made this below.  If you make one of these be sure to post it over on the WoodLogger Facebook Page.  I’d love to see how yours turns out.

 

 

Materials

Not a lot for this one.  I used a single board that I was able to pickup at Lowe’s.

  • (2)  2″ x 2″ x 8′ – Cedar
  • (4)  1″ x 4″ x 8′ – Cedar
  • (4)  2″ x 4″ x 8′ – Cedar
  • (1)  1″ x 2″ x 8′ – Cedar

Milling & Assembly

 Hummingbird Feeder Rough CutsFor the bench I chose to make all of my cuts using a miter saw.  Nothing complicated about these cuts.
 Fire Pit Bench Side AssemblyTo start on the bench the first thing I worked on was creating the sides.
 Fire Pit Bench Side AssemblyFire Pit Bench Side AssemblyAfter building the side frame, I attached side runner boards to the frame to create a more sturdy side.  If you follow the plan it actually uses a more decorative look of running the boards at an angle.  I chose a more simple look.
Fire Pit Bench Frame Side AssemblyFire Pit Bench Bench Cleat Side AssemblyI attached three frame boards around the sides.  The top deliberately doesn’t have a board as it will be hidden by the top of the bench.  After I attached the frames, I then flipped the side over and attached a cleat.  The top of the bench will be attached to these.
Fire Pit Bench Front Side AssemblyFire Pit Bench Side CompletedAfter I had the sides assembled, I attached a front board to the side for decorative purposes.Here is a completed side with the cleat on the inside, and the decorative frame on the outside.
Fire Pit Bench Side AssemblyFire Pit Bench Top AssemblyI attached the completed sides to the top of the bench. I used side beams as spacers before attaching them.I attached the top of the bench to the sides and cleats using deck screws.
Fire Pit Bench Shelf Assembly 1Fire Pit Bench Shelf Assembly 2 For the shelf I attached the shelf boards to a couple of 2×2’s. After building the shelf I attached it to the sides of the bench using deck screws.
Fire Pit Bench Mark UpFire Pit Bench Top Finish CutI used a Quick Corners Set marking tool to help with marking the cuts I would make on the corners of the bench.I cut the corners off of the bench using a jig saw to give it a smoother profile.

Finishing

Fire Pit Bench Completed

Here is the completed bench. I applied a coat of lacquer to help protect it.

To finish this, I sanded the whole piece using medium grit sandpaper.  I also Broke all of the hard edges with sandpaper.  I applied two coats of an exterior rated lacquer.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. I love this bench, I think it could be something me and my husband could make. but I was wondering what your measurements on the boards? looks like the bench is 4′ maybe?

  2. Love the look of the bench but is the some measurements for all the other wood pieces?

  3. Hey Richard, I actually bought the book I talk about above. It’s pretty cheap on Amazon, It has the full plans with it. I just did a Google search though and found they actually show a snippet of the book at Google books. This should give you everything you would ever want to know about it.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=6etCdWeH4t0C&pg=PA92&dq=fire+pit+bench&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HwTfUbSGB6PEyQHMxoGADA&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=fire%20pit%20bench&f=false

  4. Hi, great looking bench. If I was to build a 5 foot long bench could I do it the same way or should I put a center support piece in?
    Thanks.

    • Hmm… That’s really tough to say. My gut says you would probably be fine. Mine is definitely solid. I would imagine if I added 6″ to each end it would be okay. Sorry I have no solid answer for you on that. You may just have have to do a little trial and error…

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