Aldo Leopold Bench

Aldo Leopold Bench

Aldo Leopold Bench –

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.


Aldo Leopold Bench plans

  • Mitre Saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring Tape


  • one 2x6x8
  • one 2x6x10
  • ten x 2 1/2″ screws
  • wood glue

Cut List

  • A x 2 – 36″. Cut ends at a 22.5° angle PARALLEL.  You are making a parallelogram, not a Bench Cut Piecestrapezium.  Haha!  Made you learn remember math.
  • 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.

Bench Legs

3.  Attach seat (D) to the legs with wood glue and screws.

bench attach seat

4.  Attach backrest (C).

5. Sit and Enjoy!

Aldo Leopold Bench

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