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Building a Simple Bench

Simple Bench Plans

simple bench

This simple bench can be built using just two 10 foot 2x10s. It is sturdy and comfortable and very simple and inexpensive to build.

Materials Wood:
  • Two (2) - 10 foot 2x10s
  • (14) 2 1/2" galvanized exterior deck screws
  • (12) 3" galvanized exterior deck screws

    Below are the cutting dimensions:

    simple bench plans

  • Cutting plans

    Cut all the leg parts from one 2x10. Make your cuts at a 25 degree angle. If you don't have anything to measure the angle, just go with a 4 inch rise for the 9 inch run (assuming your 2x10 is 9 inches wide as mine were). You should cut two 3 foot long front legs and two 18 inch long back legs.

    Cut the seat and seat back from the second 2x10. I gave as lengths 5 foot 1 1/2 inches and 4 foot 10 1/2 inches. This is to use the whole length of the board with no waste. Considering the width of your saw, and the actual length of your board, you can change this. Just make the seat back 3 inches longer than the seat.

    Assemble the bench

    On a level surface align a back leg with a front leg with the front edge of the back leg at the front edge of the front leg. Screw these together with 3 screws along the top edge and one screw down near the bottom where they meet (2 1/2" screws). Now do the same with the other leg (be sure to put the back legs on what will be the inside of each.)

    Attach the seat to the top of each back leg with 6 (3 per side) screws (2 1/2" screws).

    Attach the seat back to the back of the front legs using 6 screws (3 per side) (3" screws).

    End View

    Finally, screw the front legs to the seat, from the outside of the front legs using 6 screws (3 per side) (3" screws).

    Use sandpaper, file or rasp along the front edge of the seat to smooth it over and remove any sharp edge. Finish with paint, stain or leave natural.
    Two Benches

    Contact me to place your ad here

    If you like our plans, and want to send a picture of the bench(es) you build using our plans, email them to me, and I will post them here.

    Shopping List

    Pressure treated lumber (or your choice)
    1. (2) 10ft 2x10s
    2. (14) 2 1/2" galvanized exterior deck screws
    3. (12) 3" galvanized exterior deck screws

    Mitzi did a great job building the bench and shared her project with us, take a look:

    Mitzi's Bench

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