American Girl Gardening Bench

Posted on Feb 17 2015 - 9:42am by Rudy

American Girl Gardening BenchAmerican Girl Gardening Bench

When American Girl had their 2015 Special Edition release a few days ago, my daughter and I had a fun visit to the store.  It was a fun trip to see everything that had just come out and grab a few new things while we were there too.  Before we arrived I had planned on getting the new Sunshine Gardening Bench Set.  In the picture it was super adorable.  However, when we arrived at the store I was a little let down.  it was smaller than I thought it would be for American Girl and it looked TO EASY!  I guess that’s a good thing though because now I have made one and I can share the plans with you!

Please look at the stock photo of this bench next to a doll.  It is not supposed to be a big piece.  The measurements below represent the American Girl dimensions, but you can always adjust these plans to make them bigger.

**Stay tuned!  I will have another post in a few days showing you this American Girl Gardening Bench Set with all the accessories that come with it!

Shopping list:

1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 2’ x 4’
Wood Glue
1 – 3/8’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer
4 – 24’’ x 1/2’’ x 1/2’’ – Craft Wood Strips – Hobby Lobby

Cut List:

2 – 1/2’’ x 1/2’’ @ 11 1/4’’ – Back Legs
2 – 1/2’’ x 1/2’’ @ 7 3/4’’ – Front Legs
2 – 1/2’’ x 1/2’’ @ 2 1/4’’ – Side Bench Supports
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 4 1/2’’ x 1 1/2’’ – Back of Bench Support
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 4 1/2’’ x 1’’ – Front Table Support & Lower Shelf Support
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 4 1/2’’ x 2 3/4’’ – Bottom Shelf
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 7’’ x 4’’ – Table Top – Follow Step 1 for exact measurements.
2 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 3 1/2’’ x 1’’ – Side Bench Supports
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 5 1/2’’ x 1’’ – Bottom of Upper Shelf
1 – 1/2’’ Plywood @ 5 1/2’’ x 1 1/2’’ -Top of Upper Shelf

Tools:

18 Gauge Nailer
Tape Measure
Jig Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Hearing Protection
Safety Glasses
Pencil
Sanding Block
Level

Optional – Scroll Saw

Step 1:

The rectangle that you cut 4″ by 7″ needs to have a notch like the diagram shown below.  This will make it so it fits into place.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 2:

Connect the back leg to the front leg using the top side bench support.  Be sure to use wood glue and nail into place. Repeat for both sides.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 3:

Connect the legs you just made by using the back bench support.  Se diagram for placement.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 4:

Nail the front bench support into place.

American Girl Gardening Bench

 

Step 5:

Add the bottom bench support.

American Girl Gardening Bench

 

Step 6:

Nail into place the bottom shelf.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 7:

Slide the top shelf into place.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 8:

Add the top side supports for the top shelf.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 9:

Glue and nail the top upper shelf on.

American Girl Gardening Bench

Step 10:

Add the back to the top upper shelf.

American Girl Gardening Bench

 

You are done!  Make sure to spackle all the nail holes, sand, prime and paint a beautiful color!  Your dolls will love this easy addition!

American Girl Gardening Bench was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kahle February 20, 2015 at 10:07 am -

    Great job! Look forward to seeing with accessories!

    • Rudy February 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm -

      It will be soon!