An Easy to Build Bench for the Indoors or Outdoors
This fabulous bench with 2×2 legs and a slatted seat can be completed in a weekend. The plans to build a plain bench use off the shelf boards and simple, straight cuts to make the perfect piece for an entry way or covered porch. The leg assemblies stand a little higher than the seat on the sides for a nice modern look, and the bench can be finished however desired!
- 3″ screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 1-1/2″ screws
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies
- 5 – 1×3 at 6′
- 3 – 2×2 at 8′
- 4 – 2×2 at 23-1/2″” – Legs
- 2 – 2×2 at 11″ – Leg Assemblies
- 2 – 2×2 at 14″ – Leg Assemblies
- 2 – 2×2 at 57″ – Bench Rails
- 5 – 1×3 at 60″ – Seat Slats
Notes About the Project:
- Sand all pieces prior to assembly
- If using outdoors in an uncovered area, use properly treated wood and screws rated for outdoor applications
Cut the pieces for the legs and the leg stretchers. Assemble the legs as shown using glue and 3″ screws. Don’t forget to pre-drill the holes so the wood doesn’t split!
Cut the pieces for the bench rails. Secure the rails to the legs using glue and 3″ screws, making sure to pre-drill the holes!
Cut the pieces for the slats. Cut the notches for the legs (as shown) in two of the slats. The remaining three slats will have straight cuts. Secure the slats to the lower leg stretcher and to the rails using glue and 1-1/2″ screws, spacing the slats approximately 1/2″ apart. The two slats that were notched will overhang the outer faces of the rails by approximately 1/4″.
Finish the bench as desired – stain or paint! Don’t forget to use a spar urethane if the bench will be used in an uncovered outdoor area!
The plans to build a plain bench are perfect for a first project for someone new to woodworking! Have questions about the build? Leave a comment below!