Porch Bench

By RYOBI Nation

SKILL
advanced

Set up your porch for quality time with family or friends with a cozy porch bench! ๐Ÿก

Tools

  • 18V ONE+ 7-1/4" Sliding Compound Miter Saw
  • 18V ONE+ 5" Random Orbit Sander
  • 18V ONE+ HP Brushless 1/2" Drill/Driver

Accessories

  • RYOBI 70PC IMPACT DRIVING KIT
  • Titanium Drill Bit Kit (22-Piece)

Materials

  • #9 x 2-1/2โ€ Star Flat-Head Wood Deck Screws
  • #9 x 3โ€ Star Flat-Head Wood Deck Screws
  • (10) 2"x6"x8'
  • (12) 2"x4"x8'
  • (4) 1/2"x4" Eye Bolt with Hex Nut
  • 1/2" Lock Washers
  • 1/2" Washers
  • 4"x4"x8" Untreated Kiln-Dried Douglas Fir Post

Steps

STEP 1

Cut out all material using the Lumber & Sheet Cut Layout Guide.

Tools

Miter Saw
Material cutting

STEP 2

The cross bracing boards are all measured from the long dimensions and then cut with the Miter Saw. Use the Miter Saw and make a cut at 66.3ยฐ on both ends of the 38-7/8โ€ boards. Cut the angles so they are running parallel to each other.

Tools

Miter Saw
Cutting wood

STEP 2.1

On the 19-1/8โ€ short cross bracing board, cut a 66.3ยฐ angle on (1) end and a 47.4ยฐ angle on the opposite end. Make cuts so they are opposing each other.

Tools

Miter Saw
cutting wood

STEP 3

Attach (1) 18-1/2โ€ support arm to a 38-7/8โ€ long cross brace. Align the angle cut with (1) end of the cross brace board. Attach using 2-1/2โ€ wood screws.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching boards together

STEP 4

Attach (1) 18-1/2โ€ arm support to the other end of the cross bracing. Leave 1-1/2โ€ edge and attach with 2-1/2โ€ wood screws

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching pieces together

STEP 5

Add the 19-1/8โ€ short crossing brace to the assembly. Make sure the lower brace is also offset 1-1/2โ€ from the bottom edge. The upper brace should be even with the top edge of the arm support. Repeat to build all (6) of the arm assemblies.

Tools

Drill/Driver
assembling arm pieces

STEP 6

Take (2) of the arm assemblies and attach a 35โ€ stretcher to the bottom. It should fit snug in the 1-1/2โ€ offset. Attach with 3โ€ wood screws. Set aside for back rest.

Tools

Drill/Driver
Assembling the swing

STEP 7

Take (2) 96โ€ long rails and measure 1โ€ from each corner. Set the Miter Saw to 45ยฐ and cut off each corner. Measure 3-1/4โ€ from each end and mark a drill point. Drill a 1/2" hole at that point in each board.

Tools

Miter Saw
cutting angles in boards

STEP 8

Measure 6-1/2โ€ from the end of each of the 96โ€ long rails and mark a line. Attach the 41-1/2โ€ short rails using 3โ€ wood screws.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching rails to swing

STEP 9

Add the (2) 2โ€ x 4โ€ outer slats next to the inside of both 41-1/2 short rails. Offset the slats 1-1/2โ€ below the top edge of the rails. This will leave a 1/2" gap on the bottom. Attach on the ends with 3โ€ wood screws and use 2-1/2โ€ screws on the inside.

Tools

Drill/Driver
Attaching rails to the swing

STEP 9.1

Add the remaining (3) slats to the rail frame. Space the slats 18-1/8โ€ apart and equal distance (EQ) from each other.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching slats

STEP 10

Add the 80โ€ seat boards into the top offset of the rail frame. Leave a 1/2โ€ gap in between each board. Attach with 3โ€ wood screws.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching boards together

STEP 11

Add the remaining (2) 35โ€ stretchers to each end of the assembly. Leave a 1-1/2โ€ space on the front edge of the short rail and seat board. Align the side of the stretcher with the side of the rail. Attach from the top using 3โ€ wood screws

Tools

Drill/Driver
assembling stretcher

STEP 12

Set the (2) arm assemblies without the stretchers onto the seat assembly. Attach at the base with 3โ€ wood screws on both ends.

Tools

Drill/Driver
setting up arm assemblies

STEP 13

Attach the 38โ€ arms to the top of the arm assemblies using 3โ€ wood screws.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching arm assemblies

STEP 14

Align (1) of the back rests to the inside edge of the arm assemblies and back edge of the last seat board. Using 2-1/2โ€ screws, attach the back rest to the seat boards through the stretcher under the cross bracing.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attach the back boards

STEP 15

Repeat Step 14 and attach the 2nd back rest.

Tools

Drill/Driver
attaching back rest

STEP 16

Align the 76โ€ top rail to the back rest. Attach using 3โ€ wood screws. Flip the bench assembly over and add 3โ€ wood screws through the back seat board into the stretchers on the back rest.

Tools

Drill/Driver
Attaching top rail

STEP 16.1

On (1) end of each post, mark a 1โ€ line around the 4โ€ x 4โ€ posts. Using a Miter Saw, cut a 45ยฐ angle on all (4) sides. Align the 4โ€ x 4โ€ posts to the back corners of the bench. Attach post with 3โ€ wood screws.

STEP 17

Sand any sharp edges and finish to your desire. Insert eye bolts through holes on the rails.

Tools

Random Orbit Sander
Sanding wood to finish

STEP 17

A standard twin mattress will fit the porch bench. Use heavy duty rope to hang bench where you desire.

finished porch swing