Outdoor Bench

Matthew Cremona

Matt will show you how to construct a beautiful and sturdy outdoor bench made from thermally modified wood that will last for generations, or two years if you live in Minnesota.

Bench Dimensions: 48” W x 36” T x 22” D

  • 13 lessons
  • 250 min
  • $79.00
  • Outdoor Bench MDF Templates

    If you want to hit the ground running and don't feel like making your own templates, try these babies on for size!

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Introduction

    We kick things off by taking a look at the Sketchup model and talk a bit about thermally modified wood.

  2. Leg Design

    We take a look at quickly verifying a computer generated design.

  3. Lumber Selection

    We layout and cut our boards into parts

  4. The Legs

    We get started on the build by cutting and shaping the legs

  5. The Mortises

    We get started on the joinery by cutting all the mortises for the bench frame.

  6. The Tenons

    We continue on the joinery by cutting all the tenons for the bench frame.

  7. The Arm Rests

    We add the arm rests which have a curved profile and some angled joinery.

  8. The Back Rest

    We tackle the curved crest rail and join all 14 back slats to the frame.

  9. The Seat Slats

    We wrap up construction by adding the middle seat slat support and fit the seat slats to the bench.

  10. Outdoor Finishes

    We discuss selecting an outdoor finish and take a look at some teak oil samples.

  11. Finish Prep

    We break the bench down and finish prep the parts.

  12. Finish & Assembly

    We apply the finish and get this bench glued up!

  13. Wrap Up

    We discuss thermally modified woods and the final bench design.

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (13 videos) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Grain and Part Selection
  • Rapid Design Prototyping
  • Working with Thermally Modified Wood
  • Router Cut Mortises
  • Tablesaw Cut Tenons
  • Angled Mortise & Tenon
  • Frame & Slat Construction
  • Prefinishing Strategies
  • Teak Oil Application
  • Complex Glue Up Strategies

What will I need?


These are approximate numbers. You’ll want to buy more for waste and grain selection.

  • 9 Board Feet of 4/4 Hardwood
  • 3 Board Feet of 5/4 Hardwood
  • 18 BF of 8/4 Hardwood


Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what we used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.

  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw (with dado stack)
  • Router (with edge guide)
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Dovetail Saw


  • 1/2″ Spiral Upcut
  • 3/8″ Spiral Upcut


This was a fun, moderately easy project. Matt’s style, while breezy and informal, still conveys not only the needed information but he talks about different approaches. He starts with the design approach, which will help inform any who may want to add their own spin and also discusses wood selection for grain and patterns.

This project would have been more difficult without a bandsaw, and I did purchase the templates for the arm and front leg, which made routing the curved areas a breeze on a router table.

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About Your Instructor:

Matthew Cremona

Matt is a classic log to furniture woodworker. In 2017 he made his own bandsaw mill and uses it to create massive slabs for himself and other woodworkers to turn into beautiful furniture. He started his YouTube channel in 2014 and has a large and dedicated following. His woodworking style ranges from modern to classic reproductions.

Matt has been a Guild instructor since 2016 and a co-host of the Wood Talk podcast since 2016. He travels to teach periodically at local Guild meetings as well as woodworking events like Woodworking in America.