2×4 bench plans

This step by step diy project is about 2×4 bench plans. If you want to build a beautiful wooden bench with backrest for your garden, using just 2x4s, we recommend you to check out this project. Any person with basic woodworking skills can get the job done in just a few days. Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the indoor and outdoor projects and to adjust the design and size of the bench to suit your needs.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning and to adjust the size of the bench to your needs, while you can still use the woodworking techniques described in this project. Taking into account the simple design, this outdoor bench can match the style of any backyard. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.

 

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2×4 bench plans

Building a 2x4 bench

Building a 2×4 bench

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long SIDES
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long SEAT FRAME
  • C – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long SEAT
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long, 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 55″ long STRETCHER
  • E – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long, 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long BACKREST
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long ARMRESTS

Tools

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

Time

  • One Weekend

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How to build a 2×4 bench

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

 

The first step of the project is to build the frame of the bench. Cut the components out of 2×4 lumber at the right size, using the information displayed in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and secure them to the perpendicular slats using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.

 

Attaching the legs

Attaching the legs

 

Next, you need to attach the 2×4 legs to the frame of the bench. Cut the components at the right size and drill pilot holes through the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Use 2 1/2″ screws and use a spirit level to make sure the seat is horizontal and the legs are plumb.

 

Fitting the bottom stretcher

Fitting the bottom stretcher

 

Fit the stretcher to the bottom of the wooden bench, in order to add strength to the structure. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the braces and secure them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretcher and secure them to the braces using 2 1/2″ screws.

Smart Tip: Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled. Leave 4″ from the ground to the braces.

 

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

 

Build the seat out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the slats and secure them to the frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Place the slats equally-spaced, in order to get a professional result.

Smart tip: Place a piece of wood/plywood between the slats to get even gaps.

 

Fitting the armrests

Fitting the armrests

 

Build the armrests out of 2×4 lumber. Use a jigsaw to round the end of the components and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Drill pocket holes and secure the component to the back leg with 2 1/2″ screws. In addition, drill pocket holes at the top of the front legs and secure them to the armrests using 2 1/2″ screws.

 

Building the top slat

Building the top slat

 

Build the top of the backrest out of 2×6 lumber. Mark the curved cut line on the slat and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edge with fine-grit sandpaper. Drill pocket holes at the top of the back legs and secure them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.

 

Building the backrest

Building the backrest

 

Building the backrest for the garden bench is a straight forward process, if you follow the following instructions. Cut the slats at the right size and drill pocket holes at one end. Fit the slats to the structure, equally-spaced, and lock them to the seat frame using 2 1/2″ screws. Insert the screws through the top ends into the top slat. Add glue to add strength to the bond of the components.

 

Outdoor bench with backrest

Outdoor bench with backrest

 

You can easily adjust the width and the design of this bench to suit your needs. This project is very simple to build, making it ideal for a beginner to woodworking. This also makes for a wonderful gift for the loved ones.

 

2x4 bench plans

2×4 bench plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours.  Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the outdoor furniture plans featured on our website.

 

2x4 Wooden Bench

2×4 Wooden Bench

 

If you liked the design, you should take a look over this step by step tutorial project. This bench is built entirely using 2x4s but it is a little narrower. However, all the techniques used are similar to the ones required for the plans shown above.

 

 

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