How to make a simple wood bench

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How to make a simple wood bench
A bench can have a very simple design. (bench image by Andrew Korobejnik from

A simple wood bench adds a touch of design simplicity to an indoor or outdoor space. The construction of the bench is not a complicated task once the wood pieces are measured and cut. Use the bench indoors in a mudroom, a hallway, a bathroom or a bedroom, or outdoors on a patio or in a flower garden. Using two sizes of wood, you can complete a simple wood bench in one afternoon.

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Things you need

  • 1-by-12-inch wood board, 4 feet long
  • 2-by-4-inch wood, three 8-feet-long pieces
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Compound mitre saw
  • Level
  • Wood glue
  • Screws, 2 1/2-inches long
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Dry cloth
  • Stain
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Cut four pieces of 2-by-4-inch wood to 15 inches long. These four pieces will make the legs of the simple wood bench. Measure 15 inches on the wood with a tape measure, mark it with a pencil line and cut the leg pieces using the compound mitre saw.

  2. 2

    Cut four pieces of 2-by-4-inch wood to 44 inches long. These pieces form lengthwise leg and seat supports that are connected to the top and middle of the legs.

  3. 3

    Lay out two 15-inch legs on a flat surface and place two 44-inch supports in between the legs and perpendicular to them. Space them apart so that one is positioned at the top of the legs and the other one is near the middle of the legs.

  4. 4

    Pre-drill countersunk holes through the 2-inch thicknesses of the 2-by-4-inch legs.

  5. 5

    Apply wood glue in between the legs and the leg supports, and screw them together using a power drill.

  6. 6

    Assemble the other two legs in the same manner.

  7. 7

    Connect the two leg ensembles together with four 4-inch pieces of 2-by-4-inch wood, along the width-wise side of the bench. Evenly space these side supports between the legs with one at the top and one near the middle of the legs.

  8. 8

    Pre-drill holes through the 4-inch thickness of the legs, or toenail the screws in without drilling through the leg. Apply wood glue between the supports and the legs, and screw them together.

  1. 1

    Place the 4-foot piece of 12-inch wood face down onto the work surface. This will make the seat of the bench.

  2. 2

    Turn the leg base upside down and position it onto the bench's seat. Align the leg base evenly with the bench's top.

  3. 3

    Pre-drill holes through the top supports of the leg assemble to accept the screws. Countersink the holes through the 4-inch thickness of the bench base to about 3/4-inch deep.

  4. 4

    Apply a generous amount of wood glue between the base and the top, then screw them together through the base.

  5. 5

    Turn the bench over. Sand the seat, its edges and the corners with a power sander. Sand the legs. Wipe the bench with a dry cloth to remove the sawdust residue.

  6. 6

    Leave the bench natural, or apply stain or paint that coordinates with other decorative elements in the space.

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