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Easy DIY: How to build a modern outdoor cedar bench

WRC perfect for outdoor projects

Western Red Cedar is always the best choice for any outdoor project, and this stunning modern outdoor storage bench is no exception.
“Stable, lightweight and easy on the tools” is how expert builder Jim West of Westworks Construction describes nature’s most versatile wood, which he used to create this modern outdoor storage bench.
West guides viewers through a simple three-step process to easily build a highly functional and beautiful bench with a two-fold purpose. It serves as both a relaxing spot to sit and a place to store outdoor goods, such as sports equipment or gardening gear. Along with watching the video, download the free plans to build this cedar storage bench.


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Smart cedar design with beautiful lines

The simple design makes it a must-have for a small patio or spacious backyard. And, because it is made with Western Red Cedar, you can be sure the sturdy bench will hold up to the elements.
West walks you through a process that involves building the frame, cladding the exterior and crafting the bench for a brag-worthy DIY project.

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For this build, West opts for a gorgeous Knotty grade of cedar. Fast becoming the rising star of Western Red Cedar, Knotty cedar can be stained or left alone to weather naturally to a beautiful silvery patina. Plus, Knotty cedar has the added benefit of being cost-effective.
But go ahead and stain this modern outdoor storage bench as Western Red Cedar is pitch and resin-free, meaning it holds a variety of finishes beautifully.

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The many benefits of choosing real cedar

Not only is Western Red Cedar a favourite of contractors for its functionality, West says the crisp, earthy scent of cedar also makes it a dream to work with.
“We love it,” he says, adding, “there is nothing like the smell of freshly cut cedar.”
With his modern outdoor storage bench, West creates texture by using rough- and smooth-faced wood.
“That is what we like about cedar; it gives us many, many options,” notes West.

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Not only does it deliver choice in terms of grades and staining, Western Red Cedar is also the best environmental option for building. Harvested from sustainably managed forests, Western Red Cedar is a material you can feel good about using to build your own functional and beautiful storage bench that will fit naturally into any environment for years to come.