What wood do I use for a bench seat?
Cedar is a lightweight wood, making it the perfect choice if you plan to move or rearrange your outdoor furniture often. Cedar is also a good choice if you would like your bench to match your house or other furnishings, since it paints and stains well.
How thick should a wooden bench seat be?
Remember when you purchase wood add a minimum 3-5 inches to the length, 1/2-1 inch to the width and a minimum1/4-inch to the thickness. Should you decide on a bench that is longer than 36 inches, you will need to calculate how long your aprons should be.