Providence Bench

Make this bench from 2x4s! Free easy step by step plans!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


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!!!

Shopping List: 

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

2 1/2 inch screws
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
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!

Dimensions are shown above.
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”

Step 1: 

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 Instructions: 

Now add the stretchers.

Step 3 Instructions: 

And then the cross supports.

Step 4 Instructions: 

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

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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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!

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!!!

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!

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?

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?

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

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.

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?

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.

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:)

Did anybody comment on the fact that the 45 degree supports in the plans don't match the images. The images show them providing support for the middle of the table, while the plans are not providing any useful purpose, and actually will get in the way of a person's legs when they are seated.
I attached them as shown in the images because the extra stability of the middle of the table and the benches is absolutely necessary.
The plans should be updated to reflect this.