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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- 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
- 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 2×14 lumber – 4′
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 50 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
- riffle stand
Building a shooting bench
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.
Attach the rest of the components to the top frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
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.
Fit a 2×6 brace to the front legs. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into legs.
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.
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.
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.
Take care of the finishing touches before applying the stain.
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.
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