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Are you looking for a little extra seating for your porch or outdoor space? We have been looking for a small bench or table to add to Steph’s front porch. Her porch is fairly narrow at a little over 4’ x 6’, so we needed something small to fit her space. While scrolling through Pinterest we came across this simple 2×4 bench with plans and knew it would be perfect for her porch. And this farmhouse bench was easy enough to build in an evening.

We found the plans for this simple 2×4 bench from Amy at Amy’s original plans for this bench included using a pocket hole jig.

I got a Kreg pocket hole jig for Christmas and was anxious to try it on a project. But if you don’t have a pocket hole jig, don’t worry. On Amy’s website she has a plan for this bench that does not require the jig.

You can see Amy’s revised bench here.

We made our bench from her original bench plans and the measured drawing can be found here.

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Materials for a Simple 2x4 Bench

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Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Steph and Dan have been working on finishing their basement and had a bunch of scrap 2×4 lumber. Steph was able to get quite a few scrap pieces to use for this bench.

She only needed to by one 2×4 and one 2×3 along with the screws. So this turned out to be a really inexpensive project for her. 

But even if you had to buy all of the lumber it would be a cheap project.

Simple 2x4 bench with plans Cut List

  • 4- 2″x4″ x42″
  • 1- 2″x4″ x 34 1/2″
  • 1- 2″x4″ x 27″
  • 2- 2″x4″ x 13″
  • 4- 2″x4″ x 15 1/2″ cut with a 15 degree mitre cut on both ends
  • 2- 2″x3″ x 9″
  • 4- 2″x3″ x 16 1/4″ cut with a 45 degree mitre cut on both ends.

If you are more of a visual learner, we created a video tutorial of this Simple 2×4 bench with plans.

Cut the 2x4 Boards

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Measure the 2×4 boards and cut all of the straight 90 degree cuts first.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Adjust the setting on the chop saw to 15 degrees and make the first angle cut on one end. 

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Measure 15 1/2″ and make another 15 degree cut. Repeat so you will have a total of 4 pieces that are 15 1/2″ with the 15 degree angles on both ends. These will be the legs of the bench. 

Cut the 2x3 Board

Cut 2- 9″ pieces from the 2×3 lumber. Then adjust the chop saw for a 45 degree cut. Cut 4 pieces that are 16 1/4″ with a 45 degree angle on both ends.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

This will give you a visual of what all of the cut boards will look like and a general placement idea.

You may want to sand your boards if they are rough before assembling the bench.

How to Use a Pocket Hole Jig

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

There are adjustments on the jig for varying thickness of wood. Our boards were 1 1/2″ thick, so we first adjusted the board thickness guide. There is a screw on the back that you loosen and slide the hole jig up or down. Once at the correct position, tighten the screw.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

The next adjustment will be the collar on the drill bit. This will allow the drill bit to go to the proper depth. 

First place the drill bit in the setup gauge. Align the step shoulder (the edge where the bit increases in size) with the thickness of the wood.

We aligned the step shoulder with the 1 1/2″ mark. Slide the collar against the guide and tighten the screw with the Hex wrench.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

For the bench the 27″ and 34 1/2″ boards will be drilled on both ends with the pocket jig.

Place the end of the board into the jig, clamp into position. Place the drill bit into the guide until it hits the wood. Pull back about 1/4″ and start the drill, then proceed to create the pocket hole. The collar will stop the drill at the proper depth.

Place 2 holes in each end using the A & C guides.

Attach board with the pocket screws

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

For the bottom crossbar mark the center of the 9″ boards and the center of the 34 1/2″ board where the pocket holes are.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Place wood glue on the end of the board, align the marks and clamp together to keep the edges flush while inserting the pocket screws.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Using the long driver, insert the screws into each pocket hole. Repeat for the other side.

For the top cross bar, using this same method connecting the 13″ boards with the 27″ board.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

You will end up with 2 pieces that look like this.

Attach the Legs to the Top crossbar

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Mark 1/2″ in on the 13″ piece on each end. This will be the mark for the leg placement.

Drill 3 pilot holes on each side.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Then using a countersink bit, drill into each hole.

We also held the leg piece in position and drilled pilot holes into the leg as well.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Spread some wood glue on the leg piece, hold in position and insert 3 wood screws.

Repeat for each of the 4 legs.

Attach bottom crossbar to legs

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Turn the bench upside down and mark 2″ down on each leg. This will be the placement for the bottom crossbar.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Drill 2 pilot holes and countersink into each leg and into the crossbar piece. Insert the wood screws. Repeat at each leg.

Add the double X

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

To prepare to attach the double X, measure and mark the center of the length and width of the 27″ board and the 34 1/2″ board.

Place a mark 3/4″ to the right and to the left of the center mark. This is the placement for the center boards.

Place 2 of the 16 1/4″ boards between the 2 support crossbar boards with one end placed on the 3/4″ mark. 

Drill and countersink pilot holes, then insert the wood screws.

Repeat with the 2 other 16 1/4″ boards, aligning on the 3/4″ mark on the opposite crossbar board.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

We first secured the top crossbar board with screws, then flipped the bench over and inserted the screw on the bottom crossbar board.

Now the base is finished.

Mount the top to Simple 2x4 bench

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans
Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

Place the 42″ boards on the top, center on the base. Drill and countersink pilot holes into the top boards. These holes will be in about 6″ on each side. Place one screw on each end of each board.

The top will overhang 1/2″ from the 13″ pieces on the side and about 4″ on the ends.  

Finish the Simple 2x4 Bench

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

There are several options for finishing this simple 2×4 bench. We chose to apply 2 coats of an exterior paint, then lightly distressed it with sand paper.

It could also be stained, or sealed with a clear coat finish.

Simple 2x4 Bench with Plans

While there were quite a few steps, to complete this simple 2×4 bench, if you follow the plans it’s really quite simple to build. We were thrilled with the results.

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