The Aldo Leopold bench is a very simple, yet classic, bench for any yard, park, deck or patio. This bench is simple to build and uses a small amount of material. Perhaps this is what makes it a favorite of conservationists.
After receiving a number of questions with regard to the Aldo Leopold Bench, I decided to expand on it a bit. If you are a user of the program named Sketchup, you can download plans for the Aldo Leopold bench. There are a few versions on this page, but the featured one is using the traditional size:
From the above plan, you can “scale” the bench to suit your needs and then simply measure your scaled drawing. If you use Sketchup, you will be able to scale the item while keeping the proportions of the bench.
Another reader had a question with regard to the bench height to use for a child’s size bench. That is a difficult question since there might not necessarily be an absolute standard for child size chair height. We conducted a search and came across a very nice guide at CommunityPlaythings.com. The following PDF should give you some guidance in terms of heights based on the age of the child. I would prefer that it were based on the height of the child, but this should give you some guidance.
Table and Chair Height Guides (PDF Download)
You can build the entire bench with as few as 2 2″x10″ boards (with cutting). You can customize the length to suit your needs.
Good Luck. The full plans are found after clicking on the measured drawing above.
Material List / Cut List for an Aldo Leopold Bench:
1 @ 2 x 6 x 33″
1 @ 2 x 10 x 30″
1 @ 2 x 8 x10′
6 @ 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ carriage bolts with washer and nut
12 @ 3/8″ x 31/2″ #12 or #14 flathead wood screws
The materials listed above will make a 33″ bench. If you would like to extend the length of your bench, simply alter the length of items 1 and 2 above. Going beyond 48″ will likely lack middle support on the seat and the seat back.