2x4 Truss Style Farm Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:38
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Make this sturdy and beautiful truss style bench with just 5 2x4s - we make it easy with step by step plans and diagrams.  

Also build the matching table plans.

outdoor wood bench farmhouse style

I love that this bench is made from just 5 2x4s.  

I love that you can make the matching table from 2x4s.

I love that you can adapt this table and bench set for exterior use.

This project was built by Being Brook. 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.  

diagram for bench plans dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

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

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
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”
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


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

Now add the stretchers.

Step 3

And then the cross supports.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
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.



Wed, 01/13/2021 - 07:54

I made two of these. Both were 48" long and 18" tall. One was 12" deep and the other 15" One bench seat was made up of 4 2x4s while the 15" bench seat was made using three 2x6's. I used my jointer flatten the edge and face of the lumber. then i used my thickness plainer to get the width i needed. I had about $30 in each bench and ended up selling each one for $100. I enjoyed making this bench.