There are few things as relaxing as reading under a tree, so why not create a bench especially designed for such an occasion? With just a few wooden boards and simple tools, you can make your own bench that goes around a tree. You’ll be relaxing under a tree with a good book in no time. Here’s how to build a tree bench.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” - Warren Buffett

What You’ll Need

Nothing better than constructing a DIY project in the backyard
The best way to get anything done in the backyard. Source: HGTV

A tree bench makes for a great afternoon project. If you’re going to make a tree bench DIY style, you’re going to need a plan. A list can help as well. Before you can begin, you’ll need a few items to help get you started. This simple checklist can help you get started. Here’s how to build a hexagon bench around a tree.

  • Lumber
  • Saw
  • Gloves
  • Power drill
  • Nuts
  • Brackets
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust mask
  • Hammer
  • Bolts
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Paint or stain

Making a Diagram

Not all tree bench plans are equal. Some require a bit more effort in the pre-production phase. For more complicated structures, consider creating a diagram with careful measurements planned out. Sure it may take a while longer, but the craftsmanship and accuracy will be worth it. Overall however, benches that go around trees aren’t rocket science. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could try an eight sided wrap around bench.

How to Cut the Wood

Measure twice and cut once
There's something satisfying about DIY projects with wood. Source: DIY Network

Ideally, you would have 30 degree angles on all sides of the wood. This will allow the pieces to fit in together creating a hexagon of wood that can be placed around the tree.

Start with the framework and go in, adjusting the structure around the curvature of the tree as necessary. Obviously you’ll need to adjust the sides of the bench depending on how large the tree is. Here are the steps on how to build a tree bench.

  • Start with the template
  • Size the boards
  • Adjust the boars accordingly
  • Measure twice, cut once
  • Bolt everything together
  • Assemble the pieces
  • Make sure everything is level
  • Install backrest
  • Install apron

Sizing Things Up

But how does one tell how large to make the wooden sides? Start with 4x4 planks at first and see if they can work before being cut at a 30 degree angle. This should work for most trees that are roughly half a foot in diameter. Otherwise if the tree is thicker or simply growing at an odd angle, use larger boards for the job. Benches that go around trees don’t have to be an exact science.

Hire a Pro

Home DIY projects that can be enjoyed for generations
You can always hire a professional. Source: Elle Decoration

Don’t forget that you can also hire a carpenter to help you in your backyard endeavor. Crafting a tree hugger bench is easy for any skilled worker who specializes in wood or hardscape design. You can even look into square wrap around tree bench plans. These special benches appear much more aesthetically pleasing and can increase the value of your property. Talk to a carpenter and see which models work best for your backyard.

Buy One!

This little doozy from Amazon would make a great addition to your backyard
A fine addition to the tree in your yard. Source: Amazon

Of course you can always just buy one. The product will be just as high quality as if you made it yourself, and for much less effort on your part. The only downside is the lack of customization options. On the plus side you could even look at a wrought iron wrap around tree bench.

Looking for a great way to enjoy your home exterior? Are you in need of landscaping work done around your house? The first step is getting in touch with a pro for a free estimate.

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