How to build a bench seat

This step by step diy project is about how to build a bench seat. If you need a simple bench without a back support, you should pay attention to the instructions described below. In addition, anyone can get the job done in just a few hours, as you need just basic woodworking skills and common materials. Even if you use the best materials, the bench shouldn’t cost more than 100 dollars.

In order to get a professional result, you need to pay attention to a few aspects. Therefore, on one hand, you should choose the wooden components with great attention. From our experience, choosing weather resistant lumber such as redwood, cedar or pine is a great choice, as they also have an exquisite look. All the slats or posts should be in good condition and perfectly straight, so take a look at them, before paying them.

On the other hand, there are a few woodworking techniques that should be used for this project. Always pre-drill the lumber before driving in the wood screws, to prevent the components from splitting. In addition, leave at least 1/4” from the edges to the pilot holes, for the same reason. Add glue to the joints, to enhance the rigidity of the wooden frame of the seat.

 

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Building a bench seat

Building a bench seat

Building a bench seat

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16” long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 13” long BRACE
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 49 1/2”, 2 pieces – 10”, 3 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 10” long SEAT FRAME
  • D – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53” long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 14” long SEAT

 

Tools

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

 

Tips

  • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
  • Apply several coats of wood stain

 

Time

  • Two Hours

 

How to build a bench seat

Bench legs

Bench legs

 

The first step of the project is to build the posts of the bench. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to use 4×4 posts, as they have a neat appearance and are durable. Cut the 1 1/2” deep notches, by using a circular saw. Make parallel cuts and remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Mark the notches, make several cuts with the circular saw set at the right depth and clean the recesses with a chisel. Secure the legs into place with 2×4 braces.

 

Building the frame of the seat

Building the frame of the seat

 

Build the frame of the bench seat out of 1×4 lumber, as in the free plans. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 10″ supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Check the corners for squareness, before attaching the 1×2 strips to the frame.

Align the frame into place and secure it to the posts with 2 1/2” wood screws. Check of the posts are plumb and if the frame is horizontal, before driving in the wood screws.

 

Installing the seat slats

Installing the seat slats

 

Lay the seat slats on a level surface and turn the frame upside down, before placing it into place. Center the frame on top of the slats and secure it into place, by driving 1 1/2” screws into the seat boards.

Smart tip: As you can see in the image, the 2×4 slats should overhang about 1/2” on both sides of the bench seat. Add glue to enhance the bond of the joints, but make sure you remove the excess.

 

Fitting the ends

Fitting the ends

 

Attach the end components to the bench seat, as you can see in the image. Drill pilot holes trough the wooden boards and and secure them into place with 2 1/2” screws. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.

Smart tip: Countersink the head of the screws, if you want to get a professional look. In addition, make sure the top of the boards is flush with the rest of the seat.

 

How to build a bench seat

How to build a bench seat

 

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, drill the holes with a good wood filler and let it dry out for at least several hours. Sand the surface with medium grit sandpaper, along the wood grain.

Smart tip: Vacuum the residues before applying several coats of wood stain to the wooden components. Make sure you work in a properly ventilated room.

 

 

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