Build these beautiful 2x4 benches, free plans by ANA-WHITE.com
6 - 2x4x8'
1 - 2x6x8'
1 - 2x2x4'
2 - 2x4 @ 12-1/2" - bottom ends cut off at 45 degrees - see step 1
4 - 2x4 @ 15-1/4" - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel
2 - 2x4 @ 12-3/4" - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement
1 - 2x4 @ 73-1/2"
1 - 2x4 @ 15" (center leg)
2 - 2x4 @ 36"
2 - 2x4 @ 13-7/8" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel
2 - 2x4 @ 83-1/2"
1 - 2x6 @ 83-1/2"
2 - 2x2 @ 12-1/2" (cut to fit)
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!
Build the two legs sets first. I used pocket holes first to joint the two legs to the top piece, and then pocket holes again to attach the bottom stretcher piece to the legs. Set your kreg jig for 1-1/2" thick stock and use 2-1/2" pocket holes. Mark the centers of the top and the bottom stretcher.
Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes on both ends of your top board, and attach, centered on the leg sets, to the two legs, with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
Attach the center support leg. I used 2-1/2" wood screws, from the top. If you don't want to go out and buy different screws, pocket hole screws will work just fine, but you will need to countersink the screw head so it sits below the surface of the wood.
Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes on both ends of the smaller stretcher boards, and attach to legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
Build the top first (check out this post for some tips on building tabletops). Then attach from underside with 2-1/2" screws.
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.