How to Build a Rifle Bench Rest

Updated February 21, 2017

Zeroing in a rifle, or making sure that it is accurate, requires the use of a rifle bench rest. One may not always be available when you're shooting at a range. A good bench rest can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, but making one at home takes only about an hour, and the supplies are easy to find and inexpensive. The measurements can be modified to fit any need and physical condition.

Place the eight equal-length 30- to 36-inch 2-by-4s into the leg holes of the brackets. This gives the four legs for the bench.

Insert the top 2-by-4 rail into the bracket.

Adjust the two completed sawhorses until the top rails are parallel to each other.

Set the plywood top equally on the rails, with the longer side running left to right and the plywood edges even with the outer edge of the rails.

Screw the plywood top onto the rails.

Disassemble and assemble the bench rest by easily sliding the top rails and legs on and off the brackets. Store it in a car boot or back seat for transport.


Levelling casters can be put on the bottom of the legs to provide better stability if desired. Paint or stain the stand to help prevent weather damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Four medium-duty sawhorse brackets
  • 8 Boards, 2-by-4, 30 to 36 inches long
  • 2 Boards, 2-by-4, 36 inches long
  • 3/4-inch plywood sheet, 32 by 30 inches
  • 8 Wood screws, 1 1/2-inch
  • Screwdriver
  • 8 Casters, self-levelling (optional)
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Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980 with articles in "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. He has managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. Burton holds a B.S. in broadcasting from John Brown University. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserves and the Navy Seabees.