When I saw this bench, the first thing I thought was “I could totally make that!”. The second thing I thought was “This Aldo fellow must be some sort of post-modern designer.” It turns out that Aldo Leopold is considered to be the father of wildlife management and was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The bench was the result of wanting a quick and easy place to sit among nature. Haha – Made you learn!
The whole project took me less than an hour and cost about $20 in material. As usual, my instructions are slightly different from what I actually made. You need one 2x6x8 and one 2x8x10, but since my car can’t fit a 10 foot board, I used a left over piece of cedar for the back rest. I bought pressure treated wood for this project.
- Mitre Saw
- Measuring Tape
- one 2x6x8
- one 2x6x10
- ten x 2 1/2″ screws
- wood glue
- A x 2 – 36″. Cut ends at a 22.5° angle PARALLEL. You are making a parallelogram, not a trapezium. Haha! Made you
- B x 2- 17 1/4″. Cut ends at a 22.5° angle PARALLEL
- C x 1 – 45″ square ends.
- D x 2 – 42″ square ends.
1. Cut pieces on your mitre saw. Your mitre should display angles, so it should be easy to cut a 22.5° angle.
2. Fasten legs (A and B) together with wood glue and screws. Pre-drilling makes everything easier. To make sure it will be level on the ground, use another board as a guide. Repeat for the other side, assemble a mirror image. Pieces B will be on the inside and will support the seat.
3. Attach seat (D) to the legs with wood glue and screws.
4. Attach backrest (C).
5. Sit and Enjoy!