This simple DIY 2x4 bench is easy to build yourself with free woodworking plans! With careful wood selection and a little elbow grease, you can make any of these 2x4 projects!
I designed this small farmhouse bench to fit along the dining room wall under the window, where a regular chair would block the view. Purchases made through these links may earn me a small commission at no additional cost to you. This 2x4 bench is such a quick and easy build, you could start this project in the morning and be done in time for dinner. I was able to utilize most of the scraps leftover from my outdoor sofa and loveseat, so this project only cost me about $10 to make!
I was inspired by the Providence Bench by Ana White, but shortened it significantly and removed the diagonal cross-braces so it could fit under our small dining table. You can get the free woodworking plans for this DIY farmhouse bench by entering your email address in the box below! It felt great to whittle down my scrap pile to a manageable level!
If you're using new boards for your 2x4 bench, I've provided a cut diagram in the woodworking plans to help utilize the wood most efficiently. I suggest doing a rough fit of the legs to make sure all the angles are correct before starting assembly. There's nothing worse than going back to the store for a 8 foot long board when all you need is a 15 inch piece!
Mark where your pocket holes will be drilled and work on one leg at a time to avoid confusing yourself. Drill pocket holes down the long edge of three of the seat boards.
Apply wood glue, then join them together with pocket hole screws. Normally I would trim off the rounded corners at the table saw to create squared edges, but it would make the seat too narrow.
HomeRight was generous enough to send me these awesome tools to try out, and they're a total game changer! It protected my 2x4 bench from all the falling leaves and bugs that attempt to bombard my projects in the backyard.
I'll admit that I had to go back over some of the tighter spots of the bench between the legs with a regular paintbrush in order to get even coverage.