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Easy Bench Plans

These easy bench plans were inspired by a bench I spotted while hiking in a park.  I was so intrigued by its functional simplicity, I just had to build one myself.

Easy Bench Plans

The entire bench is made of 2 x 10 material.  You can use cedar, redwood or pressure treated pine.  If you use cedar or redwood, I recommend sealing it with the sealer/stain of your choice.  If your bench is to be used indoors or someplace that isn't exposed to weather, you can use pine or similar wood.

Easy Bench Plans
Easy Bench Plans

The complete bench can be built with two 2x10s that are 10 feet long, and a small amount of screws, carriage bolts, and of course, sealer or paint.  Here's the complete list:

With a speed-square or similar device, mark a 30 degree angle on the end of one of the 2x10s.  Cut it with your circular saw.  Measure up 32.5 inches from the long point of your first cut and cut another 30 degree angle.  Cut another piece exactly like the first piece from the same 2x10.  These are the uprights (see side view diagram).

Measure 8 inches from the end of one of the uprights and mark a 16 degree angle.  Cut it with your circular saw.  This is the angle of the back rest (see side view diagram).  Repeat this procedure on the other upright.

From the same piece of 2x10, measure 17.5 inches from the long point of the last 30 degree angle that was cut from it.  Mark another 30 degree angle and cut.  This is the back leg support of the upright.  Repeat this procedure to make the back leg support for the remaining upright.

On one of the uprights, measure 17.5 inches from the long point and make a 30 degree mark parallel to the top and bottom cuts.  This is the position of the back leg support.  (See side view diagram)

Align the front support and back leg support as shown in the diagram and temporarily secure the two pieces together with 'C' clamps.  Mark the holes for the carriage bolts by measuring 1 inch from the edge of all surfaces, forming a triangle.  Drill 3/8 inch holes through both pieces and secure with three of the carriage bolts, washers and nuts.

Easy Bench Plans
Leg and Back Assembly Detail

Repeat this process on the other upright and back leg support, keeping in mind that the two back leg supports must be on the inside of the two sides of the bench.

Easy Bench Plans
Easy Bench Plans - Side View

From the second 2x10, square off one end and cut it to make sure that the end is perfectly square.  Measure 48 inches and cut it to length.  This is the seat of the bench.  From the remaining piece of 2x10, measure 51 inches and cut it square.  This is the back rest of the bench.

Secure the seat of the bench onto the top of the back leg supports on each side of the assembled uprights with four of the wood screws on each end of the bench.  (see diagrams)

Using a square, make sure that the seat and uprights are square.  Align the back rest to the top of the uprights and secure each side with the remaining wood screws.  (See diagram below)

Easy Bench Plans
Easy Bench Plans - Front View

We hope you enjoy building this easy outdoor furniture bench project as much as we did.  Sometimes the simplest projects provide the most value. 


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