An Easy to Build Bench Using Regular Boards
This cool bench, inspired by a catalog retailer is one of the easiest and most inexpensive builds ever. The plans to build a Corbett bench use straight off the shelf boards and pocket hole screws. I seriously doesn’t get any easier!
This is a fabulous weekend plan that is suitable for all skill levels, and the bench can be finished for indoor or outdoor use.
- 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies
- 1 – 2×2 at 4′
- 1 – 2×2 at 6′
- 1 – 2×4 at 6′
- 2- 2×6 at 6′
- 1 – 2×6 at 8′
- 2 – 2×6 at 72″ – Seat
- 1 – 2×2 at 72″ – Seat
- 1 – 2×4 at 61″ – Seat Stretcher
- 4 – 2×6 at 16-1/2″ – Leg Assemblies
- 2 – 2×2 at 13″ – Leg Assemblies
Notes About the Project:
- The boards can be glued and clamped without pocket holes, if desired
- Sand all pieces prior to assembly
- If using the bench outdoors, use treated wood or the recommended number of coats of spar urethane (check the can label!)
- The seat of the bench can be made wider by swapping out the 2×2 for a 2×4, etc.
Cut the pieces for the seat. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes along one edge of each 2×6 piece. Assemble the seat as shown in the drawing using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the seat stretcher and drill pocket holes along one long edge. Secure the stretcher to the underside of the seat (along the 2×2) using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the leg assembly and drill pocket holes in the 2×6 pieces as shown. Assemble the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Position the legs under the seat with the stretcher fitting into the gap on the legs over the 2×2 and between the 2x6s. Secure the legs to the seat using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Finish the seat as desired!
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