How to build a simple bench

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a simple bench. If you want to learn more about building a diy bench, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are so many bench plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the related woodworking 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 bench 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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How to build a simple bench

Building a simple bench

Building a simple bench

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 11 1/4″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 16 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18″ 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 simple bench

Building the legs

Building the legs

 

The first step of the woodworking project is about building the legs for the simple bench. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on the 1×8 slats and to get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and check if the legs are equal in size and shape.

 

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

 

The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the supports to the legs of the bench. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports. Align the supports with great care and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Add waterproof glue to the joints and remove the excess using a damp cloth.

 

Attaching the bench seat

Attaching the bench seat

 

Attach the 1×8 seat to the bench frame, as described in the plans. Drill pocket holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the seat. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

 

How to build a simple bench

How to build a simple bench

 

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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