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
  • $60.00
  • Outdoor Bench MDF Templates

    If you want to hit the ground running and don't feel like making your own templates, add these to your order for 20% off the regular price!

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.