Dining Bench Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about dining bench plans. If you want to learn more about building a nice wooden bench, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a look over the rest of the related projects that are featured on our website.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the coffee table to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Dining Bench Plans

Building a dining bench

Building a dining bench

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 12 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 1 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 108 1/2″ long STRETCHER
  • D – 4 piece  of 2×4 lumber – 15 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 7″ long BRACES
  • E – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 104 1/2″ long SLATS
  • F – 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 123 1/2″ long SEAT

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building a dining bench

Building the sides of the bench

Building the sides of the bench

 

The first step of the project is to build the sides of the bench. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make 10 degree-cuts to both ends of the legs. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the legs and secure them to the top support with 2 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the frame.

 

Attaching the supports

Attaching the supports

 

Fit the 2×4 braces to the sides of the bench, in order to reinforce the structure. Cut both ends of the braces at 80 degrees, drill pocket holes at both ends and secure them to the legs with galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components, in order to create a proper structure.

 

Fitting the stetcher

Fitting the stretcher

 

Cut the wooden stretcher at the right size and lock it to the sides with galvanized screws. Make sure the corners are square before driving the screws in.

 

Fitting the support slats

Fitting the support slats

 

Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×4 slats and secure them to the top supports with 2 1/2″ screws. Place the support slats equally-spaced, in order to support the seat slats in a professional manner.

 

Fitting the braces

Fitting the braces

 

Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and secure them to the structure with galvanized screws. Drill pilot holes through the trims and secure them to the components with 2 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure.

 

Attaching the seat slats

Attaching the seat slats

 

Center the frame of the bench to 2×6 slats and drill pilot holes through the support slats. Insert several 2 1/2′ screws to create rigid joints and add waterproof glue to enhance the bond of the components.

 

Dining bench plans

Dining bench plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the bench.

 

 

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