It’s that time of year where the days are longer and the itch to be outside relaxing with a cold drink is strong. Because of this I have wanted a new outdoor living area for our back porch. If you’ve been here long enough you may remember that the summer after we moved in I gave this porch a little bit of a refresh. However, it’s been four years now, and the benches that were here when we moved in are starting to peel, and they’re not very comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. So I started looking for sectionals online. However, a lot of outdoor sectionals are very expensive and a lot of them come with a coffee table as part of the package that we just didn’t need in my opinion. And I just knew that I could probably create a DIY outdoor sectional for a much better price.
Here is what it looks like now:
We wanted to make the entire sectional to be 6′ by 6′ since the cushions that I was buying are each 24 x 24″. That’s seems to be pretty standard for outdoor cushions that you can buy online or in stores. The cushions have a back pillow and the seat so that’s why I chose them. So when each of these sections is attached they will equal a 6′ x 6′ sectional.
Justin and I were excited to use the new 720 Kreg Jig to make our sectional. We used the jig to drill the pocket joinery holes for the supports. In order to use the jig you set the collar on the included bit to the depth you need and then clamp the wood in place in the jig. Drill through the jigs holes to create two holes so that you can attach the wood without screws showing. We attached all these pieces with the deck screws. You can find the tutorial for this entire project on the Kreg site.
I really love using the jig as it creates a very clean and tidy look. I can’t wait to use it for more building projects that I have in mind.
We also used the Kreg Rip Cut to cut the plywood pieces to the size of the seat.
I ended up using century old floorboards that are from my parents’ old home they are taking down. These are tongue and groove floor boards so we cut these down to size, sanded each one and used a brad nailer to attach them to the frame. The part of the boards that had been stained had a mastic glue residue so we attached the clean side to face out and left the natural wood to show.
Now we have a great seating area for reading, drinking my coffee and hanging out with family and friends around the fire pit. And I have the much needed back support for sitting in my old age! HA!
To find the complete plans and project photos to create your own DIY Outdoor Sectional head over to Kreg Tool.