5 Board Bench
A simple bench that you can build from five basic boards. This bench can find uses throughout your home or even outdoors. Apply a beautiful finish to take this bench from basic to beautiful.
1 – 1×12 (8′ Length)
2 – 1×4 (8′ Length)
Cut all your boards first. Predrill all your screw holes with a countersink bit. Always use glue. Check for square as you progress. Work on a clean level surface. Have fun and be safe.
2 – 1×12 @ 17 1/4″ (Sides)
2 - 1×4 @ 41 1/2″ (Side Apron)
1 – 1×4 @ 36″ (Center Support)
1 – 1×12 @ 41 1/2″ (Top)
Cut your sides as shown above. Use the measurements above to guide you.
Cut your side apron pieces as shown above. The cut will be 2″ deep on either end.
Fasten the center support as shown above. Keep top edge flush with the sides.
Attach the sides as shown above. The apron sides will overextend the bench sides by 2″, as shown above.
Attach the top by screwing into the sides, aprons and support. Keep outsides flush.