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. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
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
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- 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
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 100 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- glue, stain
Step 1: How to build the frame for the double chair bench
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. Additionally, 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. Also, leave no gaps between the components.
Step 2: Building the side frames for the double chair bench
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.
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.
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.
Similarly, 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.
Step 3: Assembling the bench with table
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.
Step 4: Attaching the backrest
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.
In addition, 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.
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.
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.
Continue the project by building 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.
Step 5: Building the table for the bench
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
Next, 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.
Also, 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.
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.
In addition, 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.
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. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
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