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Providence Bench

April 26, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Make this bench from 2x4s! Free easy step by step plans!

Providence Bench

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Not only was I so honored to work with Brook on the Outdoor Table ... but she took on the benches too!!!!

I love that this bench is made from 5 2x4s.  That you can make this bench first to get some practice for the table. 

Thank you Brook for working with me on this set.  I hope you enjoyed this plan and stop over and see lots more photos and tips from Brook here.  

PS - Brook has a tutorial on the mini serving stands here.  Betcha got the scraps already laying around!!!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Providence Bench
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

5 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long – cut longest boards first
Optional 1x3 under bench supports

2 1/2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 2x4 @ 14”
4 – 2x4 @ 15 1/4" – both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel
2 – 2x4 @ 12 1/2" – long point to long point, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, NOT parallel
1 – 2x4 @ 34”
1 – 2x4 @ 38”
2 – 2x4 @ 13 3/8” (both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel)
4 – 2x4 @ 54”

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

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Build two ends as shown above. They are identical. Brook used the Kreg Jig on 1 1/2" setting with 2 1/2" pocket holes, but you could also countersink screws with glue.

Step 2

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Now add the stretchers.

Step 3

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And then the cross supports.

Step 4

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Finally, the seat boards. NOTE: You can leave a small 1/8" gap between boards for water drainage if desired.

Step 5

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Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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So simple and great and

So simple and great and CHEAP! Will be looking through my pile of wood.

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Thu, 2012-04-26 13:24

Wonderful!

I can't wait to try these! I was literally just thinking about making some benches for my dining room...and then you post these. FABULOUS!

posted by luckrish (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-04-26 14:56

Perfect!

I've been wanting a cute, cheap bench for my front yard and this is PERFECT! And since it's made from 2x4's (my hubby's lumber of choice) ...I can get him to build it while I finish my other building projects!!!

posted by Michelle Caudle (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-07 20:18

Very, very basic question.

This will be my first ever DIY project so please don't laugh at my basic question. I do not have a Kreg Jig so would be using counter sink screw method but I don't know exactly where these go on the first step? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks from not so sunny Scotland!

posted by KaraPUK (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-29 10:43
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Help attaching cross supports

I built this bench yesterday and I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I'll post pics as soon as I get the finish on it tomorrow. The only thing I struggled with is how to attach the cross supports. It wasn't a problem so countersink the screws through the top stretcher since it is positioned horizontally but I couldn't figure out a good way to attach the cross support to the bottom stretcher. I ended up drilling through the angled part of the support from the top and into the bottom stretcher. This made sort of an unsightly screw in an odd place. I know the plans suggest using a Kreg jig, which I did for the top and legs but I don't really want the big holes created by the jig on the cross pieces since I will be staining the bench. Any suggestions?

posted by BeckySmith | on Wed, 2012-06-06 08:13
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1x3

I'm so excited about this bench! I saw that I could add a 1x3 for extra support I did not see where I should do that. I need the extra support any suggestions on where it goes?

posted by zookeeperjay | on Thu, 2012-07-05 19:12
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Help please?

Does the extra support for this bench go lengthwise under the bench? I have 5 teens and one almost teen. Need that extra oomph like fish need water. All the pieces are cut and ready to go! Anxiously waiting for reply. Warmly Jay

posted by zookeeperjay | on Fri, 2012-07-06 11:39
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1x3s

Hi Jay, I'm really not getting where the extra 1x3 would go, either, if it were me, I would build the bench as instructed, then test to see if you need the supports. It looks really sturdy to me, so you may not need the supports (trust me, I have to worry about extremely obese in laws, and I wouldn't think it would need them). If it turns out that you're worried about the structure, then add the 1x3 where it's needed.

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Fri, 2012-07-06 11:59
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Thank you LadyGoats. I'm

Thank you LadyGoats. I'm hoping to finish this today. It will be perfect for the front porch. ;o)

posted by zookeeperjay | on Fri, 2012-07-06 12:23

Providence Chairs

I'd love to see some chairs to go with this collection. I made the table the other day and it is beautiful. I was hoping to figure out how to make chairs from this bench, but just can't figure out how to attach a back. Anyone else?

posted by Alma (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-08-09 17:22

Providence bench angles

Hello. Can somebody please clarify, I assume you have to cut a 10 degree angle on both the top and bottom of the legs?


posted by spiceylg | on Thu, 2012-08-23 07:44
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1x3 support and PH screws

Making this for my friends' porch. It's going well but I'm not sure about the placement for the 1x3 support either. The only place I could figure would be under the top, perpendicular to the boards. Not sure though.

I did run into a problem attaching the cross member on the legs (Step 1). I drilled 1.5" pocket holes but the 2.5" screws poked out a bit so I used 2" screws instead.

posted by TxDork76 | on Mon, 2013-04-01 16:17
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For those wondering about the 1x3 supports

Take a look at the Restoration Hardware bench that these plans are based on. TxDork76 is correct; the 1x3s go perpendicular to the 2x4 top slats.

http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId...

I plan to build this bench for my parents this week. Will definitely post the finished product.

posted by bullitt453 | on Mon, 2013-05-20 11:05

pdf

I just wanted to ask if I can get the PDF emailed to me? It is giving me an error and I'd love to work on this asap! I am looking to give my entryway a makover:)

posted by eheinze12 | on Wed, 2013-08-07 10:32
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Try this for the pdf issue

Here is a temporary solution for the PDF problems
- Go to PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION at the bottom of the plan;
- Copy the URL;
- Go to http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/
- Paste the URL in the window and create a PDF;
- Download the PDF to your computer and give it a proper name;
- And start building… 

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2013-08-07 13:32
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Making larger?

I want to make the 4x4 truss table: http://ana-white.com/2013/09/plans/4x4-truss-beam-table and was wondering if this bench would work. Also if it does, what length would you recommend? Can the 45 degree pieces just be moved down to accomodate the adjusted size?

Thx

It's all fun and games until someone loses their stitch count.

posted by momofour09 | on Thu, 2013-09-26 14:23

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