It’s once again time for the Power Tool Challenge Team to share project made with power tools. Last month our theme was “Repurposed / Upcycled” and I shared a tennis racket table. This month the theme is “Patios and Porches” and for it I’m sharing how to make a DIY 2×4 bench.
Mr. SP found an awesome plan by Jay’s Custom Creations and we followed it to make this bench.
I’ve never before used a woodworking plan to make a project and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this bench turned out. My pictures were taken in our yard but this bench will find a new home on our front porch at the lake this weekend.
The bench is constructed from pressure treated lumber so we decided not to stain it. This bench is very comfortable. In fact, I am thinking about building a second one for our dock.
The part of woodworking plans that I didn’t really understand was the cutting diagrams. Now that I followed these plans and had Mr. SP explain the cutting diagram, I am ready to find a plan and build something else. In two weeks I will be out of school and I look forward to being in the workshop making something new for our home.
How to Make a 2×4 Bench
8 – 8 ft 2×4’s (I used pressure treated since this bench will stay outdoors.)
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1. Following the cutting diagram on Jay’s Custom Creations, cut the pieces using the miter saw. The instructions provided on this website are outstanding. These pieces will form the sides and back support for the bench. The angles are all either 15 or 90 degrees.
Four boards were cut in half to form the seat pieces.
Hint: Cut two boards at a time to be efficient.
2. Glue and screw the leg pieces together.
Hint: Use a scrap piece of 2×4 to determine the distance between the two horizontal members.
After completing the first leg use it as a template for making the second. Line up the pieces for the second on top of the first to make sure that they will be identical.
Now the legs are complete.
3. Attach a back support to each leg. Be careful that both sides have the same angles when the boards are screwed together.
4. Attach the 40’’ seat stretcher piece.
5. Determine which boards will be used for the seat.
Place the boards on a workbench lining up the ends. To center the boards on the seat rails, the distance between the rails was measured (center-center) and was subtracted from the total length of the seat board length. The remainder is the amount of total overhang. Half of the total overhang is the line in which you will place the screws. Use the carpenter’s square to draw a line where the screws will go – then determine the screw spacing and mark with pencil (I used 1” from each edge of each board). Drill and counter bore the intended screw holes so that the deck screws are flush with the seat surface.
Sand the boards (top and edges) with the orbital sander – making sure to slightly round the edges. Screw boards into place leaving 1/4” between each board.
5. Mark and drill the seat back similarly as you did the horizontal seat boards – noting that the distance between the back support rails is shorter than that of the seat support rails. Sand each board as before. Attach the top seat back board first making sure that both the back support rails are vertical and parallel (as viewed from the front).
The remaining back boards were clamped, then screwed, into place from top to bottom in sequence. As with the seat boards, there is approximately 1/4” spacing between the back boards.
Dang, this thing is solid and heavy! I think it will be enjoyed for many years at the lake.
If you like this project, I’d love for you to pin it for others to discover.
I am looking forward to seeing what my friends made for this month’s “Patios and Porches” challenge. Click on the links below to visit each project.
1. Long Porch Planters by My Love To Create
2. DIY Flower Pot Plant Stand by Her Tool Belt
3. DIY Easy Swinging Bed by Domestically Speaking
4. PVC Pipe Vertical Garden by Kim Six
5. How to Build An Outdoor Serving Table by Create and Babble
6. Repurposed Window Garden Shelf by Refresh Restyle
7. Trimming Out Porch Posts by My Repurposed Life
8. Stenciled Concrete Topped Table by Designs By Studio C
9. 2 X 4 DIY Bench by Virginia Sweet Pea
10. DIY Outdoor Sofa Table Tutorial by H2OBungalow
11. Repurposed Electrical Spool Holder Table by Designed Decor
12. DIY Outside Standing Plant Hanger by Confessions of A Serial DIYer