Build Your English Garden Furniture Plans

This English garden furniture plan is based on the traditional park benches’ shape and design that commonly used throughout England. That park benches are immensely sturdy and come with raked backs, contoured sets, and joinery from tenon and mortise. These features are the reasons why you need to include this bench construction to your woodworking project. How to construct it is summarized below:

  • Start making the furniture by constructing the chairs and bench by placing stretcher mortises and seat support on the rear legs. Do this before you cut the legs to shape.

  • Drill a hole at the armrest mortise’s center point before cutting rear legs to shape.

  • Place the pattern as shown on the drawing to the rear leg stock. After that, cut the finished leg out with a band saw. Next, cut the line waste side and remove any maw marks using belt sander.

  • Using dado blade or a radial arm saw, cut the armrest tenons, the ones at the front legs’ top.

  • Clamp the stock block to the saw table to make sure the tenon depths are identical and at the same alignment.

  • Using band saw, cut the armrest to shape. Next, using cabinet scraper and belt sander, remove any saw marks. Last for this step, using rounding over bit and router, ease the edges excluding the back.

  • Place 6”angle at the arm rest back. After that, clamp the stock between the bench dogs or in vise. Cut the shoulders of the tenon carefully with a back saw. Make sure that you cut the line’s waste side.

  • Assemble the bench side and the chair parts and secure their attachment using clamps and epoxy glue. This epoxy glue doesn’t need clamping to get a proper bond. However, the clamps are the ones that will keep the alignments of the parts when the glue is already dry.

  • Install the black slats to the edges of all of the back rails. Clamp the feather board at its place install dado blade in the table saw to avoid the kicking back from the stock.

  • Cut the spacers of the back slat to length using table saw. Then, clamp the stop block at its place to make sure all similar parts are at identical lengths and to fasten the repetitive cuts.

  • Assemble the parts of the bench backs and chair by gluing spacers and slats on the rail. Then, position the assembly down on the bench and apply some glue on the spacers and rails in place.

  • Using clamps and assembly glue, attach the assembly of the back to the one of the side.

  • Assembly the front rail and seat slats of the side supports and apply some glue and screws.

  • Make a cut of wood plugs to make a cover for the screwheads of the seat slat. Then, glue the plugs at its place. When the glue is dry, cut the waste off using dovetail saw.

  • Cut all tabletop slats tenons to the size with dado blade. Then, cut the tenon shoulders.

  • Assembly the table top by applying some glue at the top slats. Then glue the opposite end rail and continue gluing the both side rails. Let dry.

  • Mortise the fasteners of the tabletop into the apron boards’ top edges by drilling holes. Screw them in afterwards.

  • Turn the base and table top upside down to make the center base on the top. Screw in some pilot holes into the rails with fasteners. Then, attach the top by drilling some screws.