Everyone needs a place to sit and no one has enough storage. This simple project
gives you both! With a bundle of treated pine, some galvanised screws and a few
hinges you can have one too.
Step 1: Cut the pieces to size. H3 grade treated pine will be fine, unless you
intend sitting this seat directly on the ground (soil), then you’ll need H4 and
a few more dollars. The plan shows wide boards, but don’t worry if you can’t get
them where you live, you can simply substitute for whatever’s locally available.
We used 90mm decking boards and adjusted the dimensions so the panels are made
from whole boards.
Step 2: Screw the rails to the “pickets” to form each panel. Use two screws per
picket and pre-drill the rail with a clearance hole to avoid splitting the
timber. Screw through the rails (rather than through the pickets) so the screws
aren’t visible. Make sure the end panels are a pair (left and right handed). Try
using the new square-drive screws – you’ll be amazed how the driver doesn’t slip
Step 3: Mark out the arch for the back panel. To do this, bend something
flexible (like dowel) around the shape (use some nails to help line it up) and
trace around with a pencil. Use a jigsaw to cut the shape and tidy up the cut
with a bevel made with a plane or rasp.
Step 4: Assemble! Simply screw the panels together through the corners. The
plywood base panel has to be fitted before the back panel goes on.
Step 5: Screw the hinges to the seat, then the seat trim to the other leaves of
the hinges. Then lift the whole seat unit up and screw through the seat trim
into the rail on the back panel. Screw on the arms and it’s done!
When you work with treated
pine, minimise dust and clean up as you go. Wear a P2 dust mask when cutting or
sanding (sanding should be avoided if possible). Wash your hands well before
eating, and dispose of off cuts in the bin – don’t burn them, as the smoke is