Last year for my 40th birthday, I saved myself at least $1,000 by building my own 9 foot long outdoor dining table. I wanted a long table that would fit all of my family when we have celebrations on our back deck.
You can find the FREE plans to build this table here. I absolutely love having a beautiful, long table for entertaining at our house. But, the one thing I hadn’t designed or built yet were benches to match the table. We had been using folding chairs anytime we had guests over, and I hated how that looked! So, after a YEAR, I finally had a chance to design and build a bench that perfectly matches my table in design and length! I have had a few requests for a bench design from readers who have used the plans to build a table, and as promised, I am posting them today! 🙂 (Sorry it took so long, need to find a way to get rid of that whole day job thing, gets in the way of my woodworking fun! 😉 ).
I only had time this past weekend to build one bench, the bench for the other side will have to be postponed to another weekend, but here are the plans to build the bench (just double the amounts of wood and supplies if you plan on building two). To buy a solid wood bench of this length, you’d likely spend a few hundred dollars. Instead, I built this bench for around $50! And it is SO easy to build using the free instructions below (these instructions are for one bench, double the amounts to build two):
DIY Extra Long Wood Bench Materials:
|9||2″ x 4″ @ 10′|
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||Jig Saw||Drill/Driver||Kreg Jig|
|Countersink Bits||2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws||2 1/2″ exterior wood screws||Minwax Dark Walnut Stain|
|Wood Glue||Wood Filler||Exterior Spar Urethane|
|#||Board Type||Cut to Size/Length:|
|6||2″ x 4″||14″ (with ends cut at 45 degree angle)|
|3||2″ x 4″||11 1/4″ (with ends cut at 45 degree angle)|
|6||2″ x 4″||12″|
|12||2″ x 4″||~6.5″ (with ends cut at angles using method described below)|
|6||2″ x 4″||45″|
|8||2″ x 4″||4 3/8″|
|4||2″ x 4″||108″|
|2||2″ x 4″||4 3/4″|
|2||2″ x 4″||~ 24″ (with ends cut at angles using method described below)|
DIY Extra Long Wood Bench Instructions:
First, build the three legs:
- Cut six 2×4 boards to 14″, long end to long end with each end cut at 45 degree angles from the 3.5″ side of the boards (see image below)
- Cut three 2×4 boards to 11 1/4″, long end to long end with each end cut at 45 degree angle from the 3.5″ side of the board.
- Cut six 2×4 boards to 12″ in length each.
4. Assemble the legs. For each leg, attach two 2×4 12″ boards to the top of one of the 11 1/4″ boards with angles cut at each end. Use a countersink drill bit to pre-drill holes into the bottom of the 11 1/4″, then add wood glue and attach the 12″ 2×4 boards
Next, attach a 14″ 2×4 board on top of the two 12″ 2×4 boards. Again, pre-drill with a countersink bit through the top of the 14″ board, and then attach with wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws.
Attach another 14″ 2×4 to the bottom of the 11 1/4″ board. As before, predrill through the underside of the 14″ board with a countersink bit. Then attach with wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws.
Now it’s time to create the diamond design in the center of the legs (this matches the diamond design on the outdoor table that I built the bench for).
To do this, instead of calculating angles, I decided to just mark the center point of each side of the rectangle in the center of the legs:
Next, hold a 2×4 so that it sits diagonally across the marks and using a pencil, mark the underside of the board to determine where to make the angle cuts.
Once all four sides of the diamond are cut, attach them using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws. (Pre-drill all holes with a countersink bit). Attach through the sides of the legs and through top board of the legs. – the two lower boards will only be attached at the bottom by wood glue, only the top of those boards are screwed into place.
The three legs should now look like this:
Next, construct the top of the bench. Cut four 2×4 boards to 108″ in length each. Drill five 1 1/2″ pocket holes into one of the long sides of three of the four boards.
Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior (blue kote) pocket hole screws to attach the four boards together.
Then, begin building the frame. Cut six 2×4 boards to 45″ in length each. Then, drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into each end of one side of the board.
Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws, attach two 45″ boards between each of the legs (the boards should attach right before the angle cut on the 14″ boards):
Next, cut eight 2×4 boards to 4 3/8″. Drill three 1 1/2″ pocket holes into one side of each 4 3/8″ board (drill two pocket holes in one direction, and drill the third pocket hole in the opposite direction):
Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws to attach the 4 3/8″ boards to the 45″ long boards making up the frame:
Now, attach the two 45″ boards across the bottom portion of the legs. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws, attach one 45″ 2×4 in the center of the legs (attach to the 11 1/4″ board making up the bench feet):
Next attach the bench seat top. Center the frame on the underside of the bench top. Using a countersink drill bet, drill several holes through the underside of the frame along the length of the bench. Then, using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws, attach the frame to the bottom of the bench seat.
Lastly, cut the boards that will provide cross support to the bench. For these, again because they have very odd angles, using the same method described above, I held up 2x4s in the location I wanted the boards to be, and marked from behind where the angles should be cut for the boards to fit properly. I then attached the boards, first using a countersink drill bit to predrill the holes, and then using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws.
I then filled all visible holes with wood filler, and once dry, I sanded the bench until smooth.
Using Minwax Dark Walnut, I stained the bench and let dry overnight. I then applied three coats of Spar Urethane Exterior finish.
This DIY extra long wood bench looks fantastic next to the matching table and is super sturdy! It can easily sit 5 people. Here are some more pics:
This is a quick one-day build that beautifully matches the table and best of all, saves you tons of money compared to buying a bench, which is AWESOME! I’d love to hear your comments below!