4x4 Truss Benches

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:37
Difficulty
Intermediate
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About Project

Free plans to build a beam bench from ana-white.com

Hi everyone! 

I'm so excited today to share with you brand new plans!

Remember a little while back when I teamed up with Shanty2Chic to get you plans for this truss table?

And we promised you bench plans were coming soon?

Well, we are very happy to come through on that promise to you today!!!

Whitney from Shanty2Chic and I teamed up again so you too can build matching benches for your table!

Here's from Whitney:

I am LOVING my new benches!  I love the simplicity of them and how the design compliments the table so well.  The 4x4's give it a really solid look and my whole family can eat at this table at the same time.  The best part… Under $80 in wood for both.  Can't beat that!

For more building details and finishing instruction, please stop over and check out Whitney's post over at Shanty2Chic - see you back here for plans following!

XO Ana

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

2 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 6 feet long (or a 12 footer)
2 - 2x8 @ 6 feet long (or a 12 footer)
1 - 2x10 @ 3 feet long (for the breadboard ends - you can also use 2x8 scraps here instead of buying a 2x10)
2 1/2" pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 - 4x4 @ 13 1/2"
4 - 4x4 @ 13 1/4" (long point to long point, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, parallel)
2 - 4x4 @ 8" (long point to long point, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square NOT parallel)
1 - 4x4 @ 65"
2 - 2x4 @ 65"
2 - 2x8 @ 68 1/2"
2 - 2x10 @ 14 1/2"

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
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!

Instructions

Step 1

Build two of the leg ends as shown above. There's a ton of different ways to join 4x4s - I really like how Whitney used a Kreg Jig to hide the joints underneath - check that out here.

Step 2

Then attach the bottom stretcher to the two legs ...

Step 3

Next, add the two side aprons - these will give structure to the seat and look like 4x4s from the outside.

TIP: Drill 1 1/2" pocket holes facing upward on the inside of the aprons before attaching for attaching the bench top in the next step.

Step 4

Finally, build your bench top first (I recommend building with 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws first) and then attach to the bench.

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.

Comments

Nickm0501

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 05:09

I had similar concerns to yours,not wanting to spend money for the Kreg Jig, espcially since I didn't really understand how it works.  I've built a couple projects from this site, a coffee table and a bed frame, without using it. In the past I simply improvised how to join the pieces, usually using longer 4 1/2" screws. 

 

For this project I decided to invest in the Kreg Jig and am really glad that I did! It allows you to screw into wood at a consistent angle and join pieces using only 2 1/2 inch wood screws. The joined pieces are MUCH more secure, are completely hidden from view, it saves time, and is easier to do. I can't imagine doing this project without the Kreg Jig. Without it, the finished product would not be nearly as professional looking. Having all of the screws hidden really enhances the aethestics of the project.

 

Although you could figure out how to make this without it, for the enhanced quality of final product, I would strongly suggest investing in the Kreg Jig. I am surprised I hadn't heard of people using it before now. It will probably inspire you, like it did us, to build even more projects!  

mharrison

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:26

I have had the same problem Emilyk222.  Our Lowes finally started carrying cedar 4 x 4's.  I've googled using treated 4x4s in your house & they DO NOT recommend it, due to the chemicals it is treated with.  I have used 2 x 4s screwed together & wood filler to create my own 4 x 4.  Like I said though our local Lowes has started carrying cedar 4 x 4s so at least we have some option.  Good Luck!