Make this bench from 2x4s! Free easy step by step plans!
5 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long – cut longest boards first
Optional 1x3 under bench supports
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!
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”
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.
Now add the stretchers.
And then the cross supports.
Finally, the seat boards. NOTE: You can leave a small 1/8" gap between boards for water drainage if desired.