Free Shooting Bench Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about free shooting bench plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a double shooting bench from basic materials. I designed the bench so that it has two seat on each side. In addition, you should set the posts into concrete for better accuracy when shooting. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

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 project 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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Free Shooting Bench Plans

Building a shooting bench

Building a shooting bench

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 15″ long, 2 pieces – 27 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 7 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 33″ long FRAME
  • B – 5 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 18″ long TOP
  • C – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 42″ long, 2 pieces – 25″ long LEGS
  • D – 2 piece of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece – 32 1/2″ long BRACES
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×14 lumber – ” long SEAT

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Building a shooting bench

Top frame

Top frame

The first step of the project is to build the top frame for the shooting bench. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together. Add glue to the joints and align the edges with attention. Use a speed square to make sure the corners are right-angled.

Assembling the top frame

Assembling the top frame

Attach the rest of the components to the top frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.

Fitting the legs

Fitting the legs

Use 4×4 lumber for the legs of the shooting bench. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to set the posts in the ground for at least 10″. Ideally you should set the post in concrete. Drill pilot holes through the top frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the posts. Use a spirit level to check if the posts are plumb.

Front support

Front support

Fit a 2×6 brace to the front legs. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into legs.

Fitting the seat supports

Fitting the seat supports

Attach 4×4 legs for the seats of the shooting bench. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and set them into concrete. Attach 2×6 beams to the shooting bench, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.

Fitting the top slats

Fitting the top slats

Attach 1×6 slats to the top frame of the shooting bench. Leave no gaps between the slats, align them at both ends, drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

Use 2×14 lumber for the seat. Fit the pieces of lumber to the support beams and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Smooth the edges with sandpaper or with a router. Alternatively, you can glue together two pieces of 3/4″ plywood.

Free shooting bench plans

Free shooting bench plans

Take care of the finishing touches before applying the stain.

Shooting bench plans

Shooting bench plans

Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.

 

 

This woodworking project was about shooting bench plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.












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  1. Gary Maynor at - Reply

    Really enjoyed looking and getting these plans for a shooting bench to use at my hunting lease.
    We have been using a 55 gallon drum with sand bags and /or a wobbly table for years to sight our guns in, a pain in the butt.

    • Julian at -

      Glad you like them and I hope you will enjoy the bench once it’s built. Don’t forget to share a few pictures after you are done, as I love to see diy projects!

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