How to Make a Double Chair Bench | DIY Patio Furniture

How to build a double chair bench. Free working plans for the DIY bench are available on Pete shows step by step how to make the patio furniture.

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– Dewalt 12" Miter Saw:
– Dewalt 12 Volt Drill :
– Dewalt Jig Saw:
– Dewalt Orbital Sander:

If you are wanting to build great looking chairs for your patio you’ve come to the right place. I bought a home late last year and didn’t have any patio furniture whatsoever. My dad had built a beautiful piece for their home and so I credit him with design help and the inspiration to build my own. This setup is perfect for enjoying a relaxing evening out on the deck with friends or family. I built my chairs out of cedar because cedar does not rot and stands up against the outdoor elements quite well. You can use pine as long as it is painted or coated with a thick finish of poly.

Make Your Cuts
Cut each piece on your miter saw. For all angles in this project, set the saw to 15 degrees. If you don’t have a miter saw you can find one here. I use a Dewalt 12″ miter saw for all of my projects.

Use a jigsaw to cut out the notch on the two front legs. The 2×6 piece will eventually rest in the notch. Measure 9 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the 2×4 front leg and mark. Measure 1 1/2″ back (depth). Then measure from your nine inch mark up 5 1/2″ and make one more mark. Connect the lines and cut out your notch on both pieces.

Next, grab a role of tape to make your rounded corners for the arms and back supports. Do a rounded corner for the two outside armrests, and for both outside pieces of the table top. Create rounded corners for the top of the backrest supports as well(Part H). Cut with a jigsaw and use an orbital sander to smooth the edges. Check out photos in later parts of the project to see the rounded edges.

Assemble Both Sides
As shown in the video, attach the front and rear leg together on the top with the arm support 2×4. Measure 11″ back from the rear of the front leg and put a mark. Then line up the rear leg so that the 15 degree angle sits flush with the arm support. Attach with 2 1/2″ Deck Screws. Use the star (torx) deck screws instead of philips because they are much easier to use and don’t strip. Only attach the two legs to the arm support in this step. We’ll get to the lower cross support later.

Measure 11 inches from the back of the front leg to the front of the back leg. Flush it up with the horizontal 2×4 and attach with 3 screws.

Attach each cross support. For the middle 2 you can drive 2 screws in from the front side. (Through the 2×6 and into the cross support.). To attach the rear side of the support drill a pilot hole through the side of the cross support at an angle down into the rear support. It will keep it in place and later steps will solidify the joint.

Attach Back Supports
Fasten to the sides with 2.5″ screws. Flush up the bottom with the 15 degree angle. The upper support arm bottom corner will be flush with the back side of the backrest support.

Attach Chair and Backrest 1×4 Wooden Slats
Attach the front slat so that it hangs over the front 2×6 by 3/4″. Then attach the rear slat so it touches the two backrest supports. Attach the remaining 3 slats and space them evenly apart. (About 1/4 or so). These boards are 20.5″ wide.

Next, attach the backrest slats. These boards are 19″ wide. Attach the top board first to help square up the backrest supports. Then attach the bottom slat. Finally, attach the remaining boards and space evenly.

Fill Screw Holes
Fill all the screw holes with wood putty. The screws need to be countersunk in order to fill them.

Apply Finish
I like to use Minwax Spar Urethane. It enhances the natural beauty of cedar and protect the wood against the outdoor elements.

Apply 2 coats of Urethane with a brush. Let the second coat dry completely (6-12 hours), then lightly sand the armrests, table, and areas you come in contact with when sitting (chair slats). This light sanding with 220 grit paper will remove any dust particles that settled in the first coat. Next, take a clean cloth and wipe a thin coat of poly on all the areas you sanded. This will give you a nice smooth finish. Once dry, enjoy your new furniture and have a barbecue!
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Pete Sveen
1627 W Main Street Suite 182
Bozeman, Montana 59715

Leah Mann - June 11, 2014

You may go here to obtain the specific wood working plan & guides

Bryan Patterson - July 2, 2014

Hi Pete im going to try my hand at building this project wish me luck if it turns out good ill email you a pic if not ill have a nice bonfire and you will be invited 🙂

    Pete Sveen - July 2, 2014

    haha! Hey Bryan, I have no doubt that it will turn out awesome. Instead of a bonfire, I’d definitely have a drink at the new furniture! Cheers man — send in some project pics when completed. Good luck and have fun!

    Bryan Patterson - July 2, 2014

    @Pete Sveen Thanks man thats why i am into woodworking to have fun

    Stuart Smith - September 2, 2018

    @Jim These are the best woodworking plans online – HootWood. com

John C - January 29, 2015

A print button on your web page sure would be handy nice bench it will be my next project.

    Stuart Smith - March 24, 2017

    This website has some great woodworking plans: HootWood. com

    Michael Wilson - May 28, 2017

    That website sucks went and left already…………

Brye Cooper - September 21, 2015

Cheers mate! Made one Sunday afternoon, looks great! Painted mine white as I used Doug and Pine, also rounded over edges with quarter in router bit, sprayed two coats, so all in took me about six hours.

    DIY PETE - September 22, 2015

    +Brye Cooper Nice Work!

    onozy Ar-Rumi - December 5, 2015

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    Brye Cooper - December 6, 2015

    Cheers Oozy!  Will check it out.

lili perez - November 12, 2015

i love how you show how to do it all the way

    Rumaldo C Bustamante - June 21, 2016

    btw thanks for the pointers… looking fwd to this project this weekend

    ruiner destroyer - November 11, 2017

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Hicham Ismail - August 14, 2016

Nice work I like your explanation

    DIY PETE - August 15, 2016

    Thanks Hicham!

FatherAndSonFun 2015 - September 15, 2016

Really nice project! Awesome job!

    DIY PETE - September 16, 2016


Jasmine Codd - October 13, 2016

Wonderful love it great project

    DIY PETE - October 17, 2016


Jeremy Henderson - October 17, 2016

Great video, thanks for posting! How has the spar urethane finish held up – are you happy with it? Thanks.

    DIY PETE - October 19, 2016

    Hey Jeremy! If the furniture is going under a porch it does fine — but the sun and rain will take a toll on it if outside all the time. You can sand and re-seal when needed. But you can tell the spots where it has been worn away and sometimes it will gray a bit in those spots. I’ve been using deck stain on my furniture now and it has been what I’ve moved towards recommending. I don’t have the clear finish that I love — but re-staining it makes it look brand new and it seems to do a better job outside withstanding the elements. ( like this one: )

mr Chava - December 7, 2016

I loved it, the wife wants something like this for our back porch, now i know how to make it! Thanks for your very detailed video!

    DIY PETE - December 7, 2016

    Have fun with the project and thanks for the kind words!

Dave S - February 25, 2017

You do Nice work Pete.
Do You ever make this same project
but the center table has a flip up lid & You have a Cooler under the Lid ?

    DIY PETE - February 25, 2017

    Hi Dave! I have not personally, but a lot of folks I know have.

ORI RA - March 7, 2017

I love what you did, you are creator person.

    DIY PETE - March 7, 2017

    Thanks so much for watching!

f grosso - March 12, 2017

I love how you show how to do all this things, you are amazing, thanks so much and cheers from Argentina!

    DIY PETE - March 16, 2017

    Thanks so much! I hope all is well down in Argentina. I want to visit your country someday 🙂 Cheers!

Thomas Weldon - March 23, 2017

This is a great project. Would be cool if the table opened to provide storage underneath.

    DIY PETE - March 24, 2017

    Love the idea!

Tony Lozano - April 8, 2017

I have some wood I would mill: are your specs for store bought nominal dimensions or actual size dimensions? Great video. Thanks.

    DIY PETE - April 9, 2017

    Hi Tony! The store bought wood I refer to as 2×4 / 2×6 etc — they are actually 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 or 1 1/1 x 5 1/2″. So you’d want to mill them down to the smaller dimensions if that makes sense. Cheers!

Tshepiso Kay - April 21, 2017

I love this idea so much. Thanks for sharing. I am currently building a space for viewing small scale theatre show where people can watch and snack on something at the same time. I want to try your plan.

Greg Appelgren - May 2, 2017

Saved to my Favorites. I’m gonna build this. Thanks for the video!

    DIY PETE - May 9, 2017


wood 4 nothing - June 16, 2018

Nice bench Pete it looks really good
Tim from wood 4 nothing

    DIY PETE - June 18, 2018

    Thanks Tim!

Mary Montalvo - March 21, 2019

I really enjoy your video

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