Simple Outdoor Bench/Coffee Table

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home made by carmona added on 6/5/2016

This simple modern styled bench/coffee table is easy to make, and takes only 15 minutes + a stain job. It goes with the DIY Outdoor Sofa plan, and is designed to reflect the same style but with dual function of being a coffee table, or used as a bench for extra seating.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cuts & Tips

Use pressure treated lumber that can be left in the outdoors once stained and sealed. You only require two 2"x 6" x 72" boards cut to size to build this simple bench/coffee table. You can also choose 2" x 8" x 72" wood for a wider version.


Start Bench Feet

Using a Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes into the side (not the end) of the 2" x 6" x 14" pocket hole about 3 inches from the top and another 3 inches from the bottom. In the second 14" piece place your pocket hole directly in the middle of the side.


Add Pocket Holes To One End

Next add two pocket holes to only one end of the 2" x 6" x 14" board. Do the same (on the same end) for the other 14" board.


Complete Bench Feet

Attach the two 14" feet together side by side using wood glue, and screw together using the pocket holes. Follow direction 2 & 3 again for the second bench foot.


Make Bench Top

Drill pocket holes along one side of the 2" x 6" x 36". Then along the side of the other...Be sure to stagger the holes so they don't line up to each other when the two boards are placed side by side. Attach the two bench faces with wood glue, and pocket hole screw.


Attach Legs to Bench Top

Place the legs atop the bench face, flush on the edge. Attach via pocket holes (also use wood glue). Be sure all pocket holes are facing in so they don't show.


Sand, Stain & Seal

Sand until perfectly smooth. Stain and seal your bench, and enjoy it alongside it's outdoor sofa counterpart!

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 2x6, 72", Board  


(20) Kreg Pocket Hole Screws  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Bench Top, 2" x 6" x 36"  
(4) Bench Sides (Feet), 2" x 6" x 14"  

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