Build a bench for $15! Free plans from Ana-White.com
1 - 2x6 @ 12 feet long (you can cut this one into 2 - 6' long boards for easier transporting)
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2-1/2" self tapping screws (try the exterior deck ones) or 2-1/2" pocket hole screws (for Kreg Jig users)
3 - 2x4 @ 10" long (under seat boards)
4 - 2x4 @ 11" long (legs - note that this is labeled incorrectly in diagram 1 and should be 11" instead of 10")
2 - 2x4 @ 13" long (leg bases)
2 - 2x6 @ 72" (seat boards)
2 - 2x4 @ 30" long - long point to long point, both ends cut at 22 1/2 degrees off square BEVEL, ends ARE parallel (angled braces) NOTE: You may wish to cut these later to get the angles just right.
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!
First, build your leg sets - the vertical legs are 11" long (not 10" as shown in diagram).
You can attach with countersunk screws (I recommend at least 2-1/2" long self tapping screws) or use 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
Build two of the leg bases.
Attach leg bases to the seat boards - use 2-1/2" screws and glue. Kreg jig users - I'd just use the 2-1/2" pocket hole screws to attach here.
NOTE: Overhang will vary depending on width of your 2x6s, so split the difference.
Attach center board, same as the legs, centered on the 2x6s.
Fit the cross bracing boards, and attach in place. Pocket holes are the easiest way to go here, but you could also simple screw at an angle into the legs and the center support board.
Enjoy your bench!
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.
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