5 Board Bench

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About Project

A simple bench that you can build from five basic boards. This bench can find uses throughout your home or even outdoors. Apply a beautiful finish to take this bench from basic to beautiful.

41 1/2" x11 1/2" x 36"


Shopping List

1 – 1×12 (8′ Length)
2 – 1×4 (8′ Length)

Common Materials
1 1/2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 17 1/4″ (Sides)
2 - 1×4 @ 41 1/2″ (Side Apron)
1 – 1×4 @ 36″ (Center Support)
1 – 1×12 @ 41 1/2″ (Top)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut all your boards first. Predrill all your screw holes with a countersink bit. Always use glue. Check for square as you progress. Work on a clean level surface. Have fun and be safe.


Step 1

Cut your sides as shown above. Use the measurements above to guide you.

Step 2

Cut your side apron pieces as shown above. The cut will be 2″ deep on either end.

Step 3

Fasten the center support as shown above. Keep top edge flush with the sides.

Step 4

Attach the sides as shown above. The apron sides will overextend the bench sides by 2″, as shown above.

Step 5