2×6 Outdoor Bench w/ Back

This bench is actually a spin off of the well known Leopold Bench (plans here) which was named after the conservationist Aldo Leopold who built them for birdwatching and nature photography. I liked the simplicity of the Leopold Bench but wanted to modify the design a little by varying the angles to make it a little more comfortable and have a proper seat and back. So this is the design that I came up with. If you are interested in the 2×8 version of this bench click here. I also have modern Adirondack plans that compliment this bench, check those out here.

DIY Outdoor Bench with Back Plans Rogue Engineer 1

Time to Complete

30 Mins

Estimated Cost


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DIY 2x6 Outdoor Bench with Back Plans Dimensions

How to Build an Outdoor Bench with Back

Time needed: 30 minutes.

These plans will guide you through how to build and outdoor bench with back using only four 2x6s and limited power tools in about 30 minutes for only about $30 in lumber.

  1. Cut List

    The 2x6s should be cut down per the following diagram. The angled cuts can be cut with either a miter saw or marked with a speed square and cut with a circular saw.
    DIY 2x6 Outdoor Bench with Back Plans Cut List
    To make the angled cut marks you can used a speed square, by pivoting the corner until the correct angle is aligned with the edge of the board, as shown below.

    Using a speed square to find an angle 1

  2. Cutting the Tapered Back

    Rather than leaving the longer leg a full 2×6, we need to cut a taper at the top of the back. Not only does it look nicer but it will be the correct angle of the back. Using the diagram below, mark the line with a straight edge and cut the taper with a circular saw.
    DIY 2x6 Outdoor Bench with Back Plans Step 1

  3. Assembling the Legs

    DIY 2x6 Outdoor Bench with Back Plans Step 2

  4. Installing Back and Seat

    DIY 2x6 Outdoor Bench with Back Plans Step 3

Hopefully these plans helped you have the confidence to tackle a project like this. If you have any questions or input please comment below. Make sure to show off your builds in the comments as well for others to enjoy!

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