How to Build a Bench for less than $20

Need a bench but you’re on budget? Check out the plan below and follow the steps. It is cheap and easy to make.

Step 1. Materials and tools

Materials

  • Paint or stain
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • 5” pocket hole screws
  • 5” grabber screws
  • 7 – 2×4 studs

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill bits
  • Drill
  • Sander along with 150 grit sandpaper
  • Kreg Jig
  • Miter saw
  • Safety glasses

Cutting List

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 13 3/8” with 45 degrees cut at both ends. Ends should be parallel.
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 12.5” with 10 degrees cut at both ends. Ends are not parallel.
  • 4 – 2x4s @ 15.5” with 10 degrees cut at both ends. Ends should be parallel.
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 54”
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 58”
  • 2 – 2x4s @ 14”
  • 4 – 2x4s @ 76”

Step 2. First, build the bench legs. To build each leg, you need to prepare one 12.5” board, one 14” board, and 15.5” boards. Drill all boards with pocket holes drills using Kreg Jig.

Step 3. Give some wood glue into the joints and then screw the support pieces onto the legs with countersink drill bit.

Step 4. The bench legs after the assembly.

Step 5. After the legs assembly, use 54” board and 58” board to connect the legs together. The 54” board will be the top and the 58” board will be the bottom. Add two 13 3/8” boards as the diagonal supports of the bench.

Step 6. Then, build the top piece. If you want to, you don’t have to hook the top boards altogether. But, to make them strong enough, you can drill some pocket holes and then screw them all. If you plan to put the bench outside the house, you can leave ¼” or ½” gap between boards as for the drainage whenever there is rain coming.

Step 7. After the bench frame is set, fill all the holes with some wood filler. You can also make the bench looks smooth and sleek, you have to caulk or putty the bench joints. If you want to make the bench looks rustic, you can leave the caulking behind. Once the glue, the putty and the caulk is set, you can sand all parts of the bench for smooth look. Don’t forget to round the bench corners, too.

Step 8. Stain the bench top and paint the bench bottom in white.

Step 9. After all stain and paint works, attach the legs into the top bench using some grabber from the inside part of the bench.

Step 10. Your bench is ready! And it doesn’t cost more than $20 for the lumber.