2×4 Bench Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about 2×4 bench plans. If you want to learn more about building a nice bench that could be used inside your home or outdoor, we suggest you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. I have teamed up with Jack from HowToSpecialist.com for this project. You can see his step by step tutorial for this bench here.

Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

 

 

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2×4 Bench Plans

Building a 2x4 farmhouse bench

Building a 2×4 farmhouse bench

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 32 1/2″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 15 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 12 1/2″ long SEAT FRAME
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×4 – 48″ long SEAT
  • D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long TOP SLAT
  • E – 7 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 16″ long BACKCREST
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long ARMREST

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How to build a 2×4 farmhouse bench with backrest

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

The first step of the project is to assemble the seat frame for the 2×4 bench. Cut the components at the right dimensions and smooth the ends with sandpaper. Drill pocket holes at both ends at both ends of the 45″ long components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular slats. Make sure the corners are square and add glue for a proper bond. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the middle support and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat frame.

Attaching the seat slats

Attaching the seat slats

Next, you need to attach the 2×4 slats to the frame. Align the edges with attention and make sure the slats are equally-spaced. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats into place. You can place a 1/2″ wood blog between the slats to get a professional result and equal gaps.

Attaching the legs

Attaching the legs

Cut the legs at the right dimensions, using 2×4 lumber. Fit the legs to the seat, drill pilot holes from the inside and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure the legs are plumb before inserting the screws.

Fitting the top slat to the backrest

Fitting the top slat to the backrest

Drill pocket holes at the top of the back legs. Attach the top component, making sure the edges are flush. Insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together, leaving no gaps.

Attaching the backrest slats

Attaching the backrest slats

Building the backrest for the 2×4 bench can be done in a few ways, but the most straight-forward would be to attach vertical slats to the frame. Drill pocket holes along the top of the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the fame. You can adjust the gaps between the slats according to your needs, by placing more or less slats.

Fitting the armrests

Fitting the armrests

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 2×4 armrests to the bench. If you want to enhance the look of the rustic bench, we strongly recommend you to round the armrest using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the armrests to the frame of the bench. Drill pilot holes through the armrests before securing them to the frame, to prevent the wood from splitting.

2x4 Bench Plans

2×4 Bench Plans

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-150 grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the bar stool from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.

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My friend Jack from HowToSpecialist.com built this amazing bench using my plans. If you like the plans take a look over his tutorial to get a better understand of the project. I would love if you pin, like and share my projects with your friends.

 

 

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12 Comments »

  1. Debora Cadene at - Reply

    I forgot to ask how many 2×4’s you need for this. Sorry if you have it written someplace… 🙂

    • Julian at -

      You need 7 pieces of 2x4s – 8 feet long

  2. amanda at - Reply

    What if i don’t know how to do the pocket screw thing? Is it possible to just screw the board the normal way or will the wood split? Thank you.

    • Julian at -

      It will work if you drill pilot holes before inserting the screws. In addition, the head of the screws will be exposed, but it will work.

  3. amanda at - Reply

    that’s the thing, i’ve never drilled pilot holes so was trying to avoid doing it that way. I guess i’ll research what i need to buy and practice. Thank you.

    • Julian at -

      I said pilot holes, not pocket holes. A pilot holes is a simple holes you drill before inserting the screws, nothing complicated. If you were to use pocket holes you would have needed a jig, but for pilot holes you only need a drill and a bit.

  4. Debora at - Reply

    Sorry to bother you again…the back slats say 1×4…is that correct, or should it be 2×4?

    thanks,
    Debbie.

    • Julian at -

      You can use either one. If you use the 1x4s you will decrease the weight of the bench. Other than this, there is no difference between the two alternatives.

  5. Debora at - Reply

    Thanks Julian.. I was just making sure i wasn’t missing something.

    • Julian at -

      Glad I could help. Looking forward to seeing your projects.

  6. Shane at - Reply

    Hi, I’ve made a couple of these at 4 to 6 foot lengths. I have a friend who wants one 8 feet long. Do you think it would work as is at the length or would it need added support in the middle? Thanks

    • Julian at -

      I think it should work, but I would add more 12 1/2″ supports to the seat frame.

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