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.
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.
How to Make a DIY 2×4 Bench
Prior to making this DIY 2×4 bench, the part of woodworking plans that confused me were the cutting diagrams. Now that I have followed these plans and had Mr. SP explain the cutting diagram, I am ready to find a plan and build something else.
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8 – 8 ft 2×4’s (I used pressure treated since this bench will stay outdoors.)
Steps to Make a DIY 2×4 Bench
Cut the Pieces
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.
Hint: Cut two boards at a time to be efficient.I am not normally clad in camo. It was freezing cold on Sunday when I made this bench and I found this jacket stuffed in the corner of the workshop and put it on for warmth, not fashion. 🙂
Assemble the Legs
Hint: Use a scrap piece of 2×4 to determine the distance between the two horizontal members.
Add Back Support Side Pieces
Construct the Bench 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).
Construct the Bench Back
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.
Enjoy the DIY 2×4 Bench
Dang, this thing is solid and heavy! I think it will be enjoyed for many years at the lake.
More Patio and Porch Power Tool Projects to Enjoy
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