Today is our last building day! We have already built the table, in case you missed one of those tutorials you can find them here and here. Today we are going to bust out some simple benches so we can sand, stain and enjoy.
First we need to cut our pieces. I did a whole shopping list and cut list here but the following is a simple reminder:
(4) 2×4 @ 58 1/2” (mitered at 45)
(4) 2×4 @ 14” (mitered at 45)
(4) 2×6 @ 55 1/2”
(4) 2×6 @ 11”
(8) 4×4 @ 15”
(2) 2×4 @ 11”
First, screw your 11” 2×6 into your posts/legs. Make sure your 4×4’s are both on the same side and are even and flush with the 2×6.
Use your 4” screws and make a triangle shape, you don’t want your bench legs to twist.
Do this on both side.
Next, flip the legs over and screw them into the bench tops. Use your 4” screws again and make sure everything is flush and even.
If you are lucky you may even have a cute side-kick to help hand you screws… complete with Spider-man jammies and bedhead!
While the bench is flipped over – screw an extra 2×4 (11”) into the middle. This adds a little bit more stability and strength.
To finish off your bench you will need the bench skirting.
Instead of reinventing the wheel you can read skirting instructions here. You do the same things you did to skirt the table. Miter the ends at 45 degrees and screw them on.
Repeat these steps to ensure you have both benches!
I am not sure why… but I don’t have a finished picture of the benches before the stain, sorry! But you can see from the finished product what they look like and if you followed all the directions, yours will look just fine!
All we have left is sanding, staining and the clear finish!
See you tomorrow!
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