A few months back I made this bench using Ana White’s Providence Bench Plan. I decided to make this bench mainly to try out my new Kreg Jig and this plan was simple and only used 2 x 4’s. As always, I ended up making a few adjustments to the plan. The main modification I made was to shorten the bench to 36″ instead of 54″ making the measurements the following:
- Top boards: 36″
- Bottom support: 20″
- Top support: 18″
After cutting all the boards to size, I began by making the two legs of the bench. These can be tricky to get just right especially if the pieces are not cut perfectly right. I started by drilling the pocket holes using a Kreg Jig. Then I assembled the four pieces that make up each of the legs.
Now that this is finished, I drilled pocket holes into each end of the two support beams. Once this is finished, the legs can be connected together with the support beams.
Now that this is done, the last part to do is to attach the two four 2 x 4’s to the legs. I used a countersink drill bit to pre-drill the holes and then place in the screws. Finally, I stained the bench and put on a top coat of clear sealant. I used an outdoor deck sealant to protect the wood since the bench is going to sit outside.
Currently, the bench is being used for my herb garden, which I will post about in the near future.