Sometimes you see a bench that is so simple – yet so striking. That’s what we love about this modern bench build. It’s made with pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine, so it’s great for outdoor use. It will last you a long time and is a wonderful addition to a porch, deck, or other outdoor sitting areas.
There are lots of variations you could do with these plans: such as shorten the height, narrow the width by leaving off one or two of the slats, shortening the length of the bench to fit specific areas, etc.
The length of time it takes you to build this project depends on how skilled you are. There aren’t any crazy cuts, so you only need to worry about your ability to measure twice, cut once..several dozen times.
This build is a fairly simple one. And you’ll be thrilled with the results: a super sturdy, modern bench.
Once you’ve made this project, let us know how it went. We’d love to see it and brag on you, OK?
Check out the step-by-step instructions below, or you can print out a cut list and overview of the build here:
We recommend getting the following supplies:
• (11) 2″ x 4″ x 8′ Pressure Treated SYP
• Exterior Grade Wood Glue
• 1.5″ Wood Deck Screws
• Pencil, Measuring Tape
• Straight Edge / Carpenter Square
• Wood File
• Circular saw or Jig Saw
• Electric Drill / Driver
• Radial Sander / Sanding Block
• Safety Glasses / Ear Protection
• Dust Mask / Work Gloves
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE MODERN BENCH
Without further ado, here we go with the cut list.
Step 1: Cut the Slats
4. Lay one of the longer cut boards on top of the smaller cut boards.
5. Using glue and fasteners, attach these two boards to make a leg assembly, taking care to line up the edges and bottoms of the two boards.
6. Attach another leg assembly to the opposite side of the slat by 8 inches, just like the other side.
7. Lay another slat and shorter leg pieces face down on the previous assembly.
8. Line everything up with the parts below and attach with wood glue and decking screws.
9. Keep the leg parts flush with each other on the sides and bottom to prevent the final assembly from being uneven and wobbly.
10. Repeat the process until there are no more boards left.