Double Chair Bench with Table Plans

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This step by step woodworking project is about double chair bench with table plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a nice double chair with table. The best part of this project is that you can build the wooden bench with table in less than a weekend. The total cost of the materials should be less than 30 dollars. We have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. It is an ideal project for a deck or a backyard patio.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the bench won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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Double Chair Bench with Table Plans

Building a double chiar with table

Building a double chiar with table

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 58″ long, 4 pieces – 18″ long FRAME
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 24 3/4″ long LEGS
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
  • E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long ARMRESTS
  • F – 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22″ long, 1 piece – 20 1/2″ long 2xSEAT
  • G – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19″ long 2xBACKREST
  • H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 17″ long, 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 21 3/4″ long TABLE

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How to build a double chair with table

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

The first step of the project is to build the seat frame for the double chair bench. Use 2×4 lumber for the components, making sure you cut them at the right dimensions. Cut one end of the short components at 75 degrees. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and secure them to the long components using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Leave no gaps between the components.

Building the legs

Building the legs

Next, you need to build the legs for the double chair bench with table. Cut both ends of the back leg at 75 degrees. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Back Legs

Back Legs

You can see in the diagram more information about cutting the back legs. As I have already said, cut both ends at 75 degree, which means you need to make 15 degree cuts. Use the information from the diagram to build the back legs properly. The easiest way to get accurate angle cuts is to use a miter saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.

Attaching the armrest support

Attaching the armrest support

Continue the project by attaching the top support to the side legs. Cut one end of the 2×4 support at 75 degrees. Attach the support to the top of the legs, making sure the edges are perfectly aligned. Drill pilot holes and secure the support to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Pre-drilling prevents the wood from splitting.

Use a carpentry square to make sure the corners are 90 degrees. In addition, you an set the legs against a straight line, so you make sure they are aligned properly, before attaching the horizontal supports.

Attaching the sides

Attaching the sides

After assembling the sides of the bench, you need to attach it to the seat frame, as shown in the diagram. Make sure the corners are square. Plumb the sides with a spirit level and check if the seat is perfectly horizontal. Insert 2 1/2″ screws through the frame into the legs.

Building the backrest supports

Building the backrest supports

Build the backrest supports out of 2×4 lumber. Round the top corner of the supports using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

Attaching the backrest supports

Attaching the backrest supports

Attach the supports to the seat frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat frame. Leave no gaps between the components.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

Build the seat slats out of 1×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Place the seat slats equally-spaced, if you want to get a professional result. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to get consistent gaps.

Fitting the backrest slats

Fitting the backrest slats

Next, attach the 1×4 slats to the backrests of the chairs. Place the slats equally-spaced and lock them to the supports using 1 1/4″ screws. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Align the edges before inserting the screws.

Attaching the armrests

Attaching the armrests

Build the armrests out of 1×4 lumber. Round one end of the components and smooth the edges with 120 grit sandpaper. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the armrests into place. Fill the holes with wood putty.

Table supports

Table supports

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to create the table for the bench. Start by attaching the 2×4 supports to the front face of the bench frame. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports to the frame

Fitting the tabletop supports

Fitting the tabletop supports

Fit the horizontal supports to the structure, as described in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the support placed between the backrests. Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

Fit the 1×6 slats to the supports to create the tabletop. Leave 1/4″ between the slats and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Smooth the exposed edges with sandpaper.

Double chair bench with table plans

Double chair bench with table plans

If you are looking for outdoor furniture plans or you are just trying to learn how to build an outdoor bench, this the perfect starting point to your woodworking journey. This double bench project is the right choice if like to relax on the front porch, or reading a good book next to the loved ones. The small table makes it easy to drink your coffee or a cold lemonade in the hot summer days, while breathing fresh air and watching the singing birds.

If you liked this patio furniture plan, then you would also love the corresponding chair. In this manner, you can create a relaxation area where you can hang out with your friends and family. These would also be perfect around a fire pit or under a pergola.

Double chair bench with table plans

Double chair bench with table 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-grit sandpaper.

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

 

 

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24 Comments »

  1. bob at - Reply

    Paper plans call for 75 deg cut and no 2×6. Video calls for all 15 deg cuts and one 2×6. Whats up? We are getting started.

    • Julian at -

      The video doesn’t call for anything, as there are no references to dimensions. Just follow these plans and read the instructions more attentively; you don’t need 2x6s for this project. I’m here if you have other questions.

  2. thomas at - Reply

    I would like double chair bench with table plan. And your table plan. Thanks

    • Julian at -

      You can print the plans by clicking the green printer widget, either on the left of the screen or after the projects.

  3. Shawn at - Reply

    I remember a guy used this plan and put a built in cooler between the seats. He had a picture of it in the comment section, but I can’t find it anymore.Do you recall this? He had told his measurements. Thanks.

    • Julian at -

      It wasn’t here. You can’t post images to comments on my site.

  4. Sue at - Reply

    HI Julian, I am so excited about building this. I have never built anything on my own but I told my husband that I am going to do this! Thank you for posting the plans, I look forward to building it.

    • Julian at -

      You’re welcome, Sue! I’m sure you are going to do an amazing job with the project, even if it’s your first project. I’ve got you covered with the plans. Looking forward to seeing your bench after it’s done, so don’t forget to share a few images and thoughts about the project!

  5. John Barker at - Reply

    I am confused. Whey we are building the legs the back leg you cut at a 75 degree angle on both sides. Then the next step you cut it at a 15 degree angle. Why are we cutting the same board twice?

    • Julian at -

      You don’t have to cut them twice. You just have to cut them AT 75 degrees, which is actually a 15 degree cut; the faces of the same coin. I made the second diagram just to make cutting easier, by providing more information. So to sum it up, if you already made the 75 degree cuts to both ends and if they are 23 3/4″ long, you on the right track. Feel free to ask if you have more questions.

  6. Bren at - Reply

    I am going to build this but I think I wil use 5/4 deck boards instead of the 1X4 and 1X6. Is there any reason why I wouldn’t? I guess I would use 1 1/2 wood screws instead of 1 1/4 to attach the boards as well.

    Thanks

    • Julian at -

      It will work but I recommend you to use at least 2″ screws for the 5/4 decking boards.

  7. Bren at - Reply

    One more question, when you say “Attach handles to the lid, to ease the opening process.” What lid are you talking about.

    • Julian at -

      Sorry for that. It was my standard ending phrase taken from other project.

  8. Ben at - Reply

    Cheers for the plans. Easy to follow missus very happy. 👍👍

    • Julian at -

      You’re welcome. It would be great if you share a few pics with the project. I love seeing DIY projects!

  9. tas at - Reply

    Can I just say that the measurements are wrong, the right angle pieces of the frame are 18 inches, minus 4 inch for back support, plus 2 inches for the front piece comes up to 16 inches. Impossible to fit 4 pieces of 4×1 with a gap of 1/2 inch into 16 inches. Nobody seemed to have commented on it. I only realised that after I tried fitting the pieces onto the frame and failed.

    • Julian at -

      The plans are flawless. There are no errors in the measurements or in the angles. 2×4 lumber is actually 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and the 1x4s are 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ Please make sure you understand the whole picture before making false statements. Good luck!

    • Mike Welch at -

      I actually worked ahead a little and when i stopped to go back and compare measurements with your plans they were exact. Thank you

  10. tas at - Reply

    I went to huw greys, which is a timber merchant for the builders in uk. The 1×4 are actually nearly 1x4s and the 1x6s are also 1×6 s minus less than 1/8 of an inch (22mm x150mm). The 4×2 s are 47mmx 100mm. There is no point naming them 1×4 and 1×6 unless they actually are. I have hit problems at every turn due to the measurements. I am not a professional builder but rather I build wooden structures as a hobby. I usually draw my own plans or modify others but the first time, I have followed the exact plans has turned into a great hassle. Huge disappointment. I hold 4 graduate degrees and if I struggle, then I cannot believe that I am the only one to expect exact measurements and the only one to struggle either.
    I would urge that the fact that the 1×4 and 1×6 are not exact measurements be stated upfront.

    • Julian at -

      Everything is stated upfront on this site: http://myoutdoorplans.com/imperial-to-metric-conversion/ I am sorry for your problem, but this is the american system and if you had to make the conversion to the metric system, you should have checked the table or ask for help.

    • Jules at -

      4×2 and 1×6 etc are the names of the standard timber sizes when rough sawn, when the timber is dressed (or gauged) to create smooth clean timber, there is always a loss to the original size hence 47mm x 90mm etc.

      Maybe Julian could have stated this was built with dressed timber in the article?

  11. Rich at - Reply

    I went to download the plans but my antivirus software blocked your site.

    • Julian at -

      Maybe you should try and print them directly, without downloading them.

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