This step by step diy woodworking project is about shooting table plans. If you want to learn more about building a basic shooting table from 2×6 lumber and plywood, we suggest you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. You can build this table in just one weekend with common household tools. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden. Premium Plans for this project available in the Shop.
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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Shooting Table Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 30″ long, 1 piece – 16″ long LEGS
- B – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long 3 pieces – 33″ long BRACES
- C – 1 piece of 2×6 – 48″ long, 1 piece – 33″ long, 1 piece – 30″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 16 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 9″ long, 2 pieces – 28 1/2″ long FRAME
- D – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 34 3/4″ long BRACE
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 8 1/2″x24 long TABLETOP
- 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 200 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
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How to build a shooting bench
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the tabletop. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber and align the edges with attention. You can drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws, or you can drill pocket holes. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are flush.
Next, fit the rest of the components to the frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and secure them to the frame with 2 1/2″ screws.
Next, attach the legs to the shooting table frame. Use 2×6 lumber for the legs. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame. Make sure the corners are square.
Attach the 2×6 braces to the base of the legs, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the horizontal braces.
Next, frame the seat for the shooting table. Use 2×6 lumber for the components. Use a spirit level to make sure the leg is plumb and to check if the supports are horizontal. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together tightly.
Build the brace from 2×6 lumber. Cut both ends at 45 degrees. Attach the brace to the table, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock into into place.
Build the tabletop from 3/4″ plywood, as well as the seat. Cut two pieces of each component, as you need to double the thickness by gluing them together. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Lay the tabletop and the seat to the frames and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes. Make sure the edges are flush, before inserting the screws.
You can also use 1×6 slats for the tabletop and for the seat, if you want a better protection against the elements. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
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 shooting table 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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