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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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2×4 Bench Plans
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- 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 2×4 lumber – 16″ long BACKCREST
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long ARMREST
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- wood filler, glue
- stain / paint
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How to build a 2×4 farmhouse bench with backrest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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