Social Bench

A social bench is a great addition for your garden or patio. The difference is that it  has a middle table perfect to share with a drink with. The Get it Done team will show the right tools to use and the easy steps on how to Get it Done.

You will need:

Tools Materials
Compound Mitre Saw Meranti 20mm thick (PAR)
PST 18 Jigsaw Base frame front and back 70mm x 1200 – 2 pieces
GMR 1 router Base frame sides 70mmx 500 – 2 pieces
PSR 10.8 Cordless drill Driver Legs 70mm x 600mm – 6 pieces
PSR 18 Cordless Drill Driver Chair frame sides 50mm x 450 – 8 pieces
PEX 220 Eccentric/Random Orbital sander Chair frame front/back 50mm x 410mm – 6 pieces
Primo sander Chair slats 75mm x 410mm – 16 pieces (cut bottom slats to exact size on set)
  Chair cleats 20 x 20mm x 410mm – 12 pieces (includes table cleats)
  Table frame front 50mm x 260 mm – 2 pieces 
  Table frame sides 50mm x 450 mm – 2 pieces 
  Table legs 50mm x 200mm – 4 pieces
  Table slats 70mm x 450mm – 6 pieces (cut to exact size on set)
  Cut screws 4 x 30 mm
  Cut screws 4 x 40mm
  Cut screws – 4 x 70mm
  Wood glue
  Clear varnish (coloured varnish can also work)


Steps to Follow:

  • This is really a frame upon a frame. Whilst it seems simple it needs a bit of thought to make it all come together.
  • Making the main frame
    • Cut your four pieces to size and mark out for your pilot holes of where the piece will join together.
    • Drill pilot holes
    • Join all four pieces together with screws
  • Seat Frames
    • Join your seat frames together just like you did with your main frame
    • Measure out your slats so that they fit into the seat frames
    • Cut your slats to size
    • Cut 2 cleats to size to fit onto the top and bottom of each seat frame
    • Drill holes into cleats on both sides (for attaching to frame and to slats) Mark out where to drill the holes by using an actual slat as a spacer.)
    • Attach cleats to the top and bottom of each frame
    • Attach slats to the seat frames using cleats. Keep your spacing even throughout.     
    • Attach seats to main frame 
  • Backrest Frames
    • Cut angle into the back frames using an accurate saw (choose angle that suits your style)
    • Attach cleats and slats as before
    • Fasten onto the seat frame .
  • Legs and arm rests
    • Cut legs to size (also find the angle you want and cut slant)
    • Cut arm rests to size and round off with router – shape front corners with jigsaw
    • Attach the legs to the frame and chair using a spirit level (use one leg as a template to cut other legs)
  • Centre table
    • Make frame just as before by measuring and then cutting
    • Add your slats to the frame
    • Measure and cut legs to size
    • Join the legs to the top
    • Attach legs to the centre of the bench
  • Sand and varnish

Get the plans

Outdoor social bench