If you want to learn more about how to build a double chair bench, you have to take a close look over the free plans in the article. Therefore, this project will show you, step by step, how to build a bench with table using common materials, mainly 2x4s. This project is relatively cheap and it can be done by anyone that know the basic woodworking skills. If you have a large deck, patio or porch, this bench will be the best addition ever.
If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to plan everything with attention, as to prevent costly mistakes and to build a professional garden bench. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Apply a few coats of paint over the components, to enhance their appearance and to protect them from bad weather.
Double Chair Bench Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 58″ long, 4 pieces – 18″ long SEAT FRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23″ long, 2 pieces – 24 3/4″ long LEGS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long BACKREST SUPPORTS
- D – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19″ long, 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 20 1/2″ long BACKREST & SEATS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 17″ long, 2 pieces – 12″ long TABLE FRAME
- G – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 21 3/4″ long TABLE
- H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long ARMRESTS
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 200 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 100 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One day
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How to build a double chair bench with table
The first step of the outdoor bench project is to build the seat frame. Cut one end of the side supports at 75 degrees. Attach the front and back slats to the perpendicular supports. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble everything together tightly. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the legs from 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the back legs at 75 degrees. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.
Attach the legs to the seat frame, as shown in the free double chair bench plans. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Use a spirit level to make sure the legs are plumb. In addition, check the corners for squareness.
Attach the 2×4 supports to the top of the legs. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and secure the supports to the legs with 2 1/2″ screws.
Use 2×4 lumber for the backrest supports. Round the exposed corner of the supports, as shown in the image.
Fit the supports to the seat frame, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the backrest supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the seat frame.
Build the armrests from 2×4 lumber. Round one end of the armrests with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Use 1×4 lumber for the seat and for the backrest of the chairs. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats for a professional result and for even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 1 1 /4″ screws into the frame. Countersink the head of the screws, so that they will be at the same surface with the slats.
Use 2×4 lumber for the front table supports. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the front support. In addition, fit the to support to the vertical components. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws.
Fit the table support to the back of the bench. Drill pocket holes at both ends and secure them to the frame with 2 1/2″ screws.
Attach the 1×6 slats to the supports, as shown in the plans. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws into the slats.
Now that you have assembled the double chair bench with table, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes and dents with putty and let it dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
If you are a skilled woodworker, you can even modify the plans so that you can fit a cooler to the bench. It will be an awesome project for the summer. If you want to build complementing chairs, take a look over my patio chair plans.
We recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is rigid enough for your garden. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges.
PRO TIP: Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project to learn more about building garden projects.
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