(CREATE) ALDO LEOPOLD BENCHES

A #woodworkingforwildlife project to observe wildlife, named for conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Created using this free guide by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.

Supplies:

  45" 2x10 (x1)

  48" 2x6 (x1)

  10'  2x8 (x1)

 – 3” deck screws (x10)

 – 3½”L ⅜”diameter carriage bolts (x6), nuts (x6), & washers (x6)

  paint/stain (optional)

Tools:

  circular saw (& a responsible adult)

  drill with ⅜” bit

  tape measure

  tape measure

  straight edge

  clamps (recommended)

  sander (recommended)

Cut sheet:

 ref. ISU Extension & Outreach guide

Aldo Leopold bench made by Dwayne Pryor and Kortnie Huffman

a note from the artist + developer:

hello! my dad & I have built four (4) Aldo Leopold benches using the ISU Extension & Outreach guide. Two (2) are in my backyard & two (2) were donated to Red-tail Land Conservancy for use in their nature preserves. I've shared a few reference photos below of our building process; I hope they help you create your own – to keep or to donate!

happy creating! – kort

Aldo Leopold bench made by Dwayne Pryor and Kortnie Huffman
1) cut wood pieces
1) cut wood pieces

1) cut wood pieces

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2) assemble legs
2) assemble legs

2) assemble legs

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3) mount seat
3) mount seat

3) mount seat

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4) mount back
4) mount back

4) mount back

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5) sand (optional)
5) sand (optional)

5) sand (optional)

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6) stain/paint (optional)
6) stain/paint (optional)

6) stain/paint (optional)

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& enjoy!

observation tip:

my favorite way to watch wildlife is by sitting backwards with legs through the gap, & using the back as an armrest (especially helpful if you have binoculars or a camera!)

and, an Aldo Leopold bench makes for a great place to nature journal!

Aldo Leopold bench made by Dwayne Pryor and Kortnie Huffman