This step by step woodworking project is about free bench plans. If you want to learn more about building a nice wooden bench seat, we strongly suggest you to pay attention to the instructions described in the following article. In addition, you could take a look over the rest of the bench plans, as there are many more designs and projects to choose from, before starting the assembly.
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 t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Projects made from these plans
Free Bench Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 12 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 1 pieces of 2×4 – 48 1/2″ long STRETCHER
- D – 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long SEAT
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 15 1/2″, 1 piece – 42″ long TRIMS
Building a wooden bench
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the wooden bench. Therefore, build the sides out of 2×4 lumber using the information from the diagram. Cut both ends of the legs at 80 degrees and attach them to the support.
Drill pocket holes through the top of the legs, align them with attention and secure them to the support with 2 1/2′ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid structure.
The next step of the project is to attach the 2×4 brace to the bottom of the A-frames. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the braces and secure them to the legs with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Make the angle cuts by using a circular saw after taking accurate cuts.
In order to add strength to the wooden bench, we recommend you to fit a stretcher between the sides of the structure.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretcher and secure it to the braces with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Plumb the sides with a spirit level before inserting the screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled.
Place several 2×6 slats on a level surface, making sure they are aligned and there are no gaps between them. Center the frame of the bench to the slats and drill several pilot holes through the supports.
Insert 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the seat slats and add waterproof glue to the joints. Work with attention and clamp the seat slats together, as to make sure there are no gaps between them.
In order to add value to the bench, we recommend you to consider adding several 2×4 braces to the bench, as shown in the diagram. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and drill pocket holes at both ends before inserting the 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.
Place a spirit level on top of the seat slats to make sure they are perfectly horizontal. Smooth the exposed edges with sandpaper or by suing a nice router and a 3/4″ bit.
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 woodworking project and to protect the bar from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the bench in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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