Make a kids bench with just a drill and a jigsaw with these easy free plans!
1 - 1x12 @ 5 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 5 feet long
Use 2" screws or nails OR 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
2 - 1x12 @ 12 1/2"
1 - 1x12 @ 14 1/2"
1 - 1x12 @ 12"
4 - 1x2 @ 12"
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!
Cut sides as shown in diagram. Make sure you take your time with the jigsaw and be patient. Sand any rough edges.
Mark the sides 3" from bottom, on insides and out. Attach shelf to sides using marked line as guide. You can use 2" finish nails and glue, 2" screws or 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Now add the top. Mark 1/2" overhangs, center, and attach.
Finally, add the 1x2 trim. These 1x2s actually add a considerable amount of support to the bench (think kids jumping on the benches) so use glue and nails or screws to attach.
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.