DIY Rustic Log Benches

A chainsaw, log, drill, and lag bolts are all you need to make your own rustic, outdoor bench.
Our friend Jamie Parker stopped in at Better Farm on Sunday with a truck bed filled with logs and a chainsaw. Two hours later, we had four benches perfect for campfire-sitting or enjoying music from the top of the hill behind the Art Barn. Here's a great spring project for those of you who are comfortable wielding a chainsaw.

Lag Bolts (at least 6 inches long)
Drill with 3/4 inch drill bit
Socket set


1. Cut legs for your benches. Our legs are 20 inches high, but make yours as high as you like. First cut the logs at the length, then halve the chunks.
2. Cut the length of your bench by halving a longer log.

3. Notch out for your seat to sit flat on the legs.
4. Pre-drill two holes over each leg and use your socket set to screw in your lag bolts. You're all done! A coat of poly will protect your benches against inclement weather and rot.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.