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How To Build a Butcher Block Bench

Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. These benches will encourage adult supervision of children when placed in close proximity to the playground equipment.

Overview

Difficulty:Easy
Time (in hours):4
Volunteers needed:4


Quantity:Materials:
7 2x4x12' boards
2lbs 2 ½" deck screws
Tools needed:
Miter Saw
Pencil
Tape measure
Safety glasses
Carpenter's square
Drill
Screwdriver bit

Preparation Instructions

  1. Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.

  2. Take [4] of the 2x4x12s. Cut [2] 2x4x72" pieces from each, for a total of [8] 2x4x72" pieces.

  3. Take [1] of the remaining 2x4x12s. Cut into [2] 2x4x65" pieces.

  4. Take [1] of the remaining 2x4x12s. Cut into [4] 2x4x16 ½" pieces.

    If you will be setting the bench in concrete, cut this 2x4x12 into [4] 2x4x30 ½" pieces.
  5. Take the last remaining 2x4x12. Cut into [4] 2x4x20" pieces.

    If you will be setting the bench in concrete, cut this 2x4x12 into [4] 34" pieces.

Build Steps

  1. Before building, inventory and sort all of your materials.

    Quantity:Inventory:
    8 2x4x72" pieces
    2 2x4x65" pieces
    4 2x4x16 ½" OR
    4 2x4x30 ½" pieces
    4 2x4x20" pieces OR
    4 2x4x34" pieces
  2. Build the legs by screwing [1] 2x4x16 ½" piece into one 2x4x20" piece. Use six 2 ½" deck screws and stagger the screws as shown. Be sure all edges are flush!

    If you are setting the bench in concrete, you will be screwing one 2x4x30 ½" piece into one 2x4x34" piece.
  3. Repeat this process using all of the 2x4x16 ½" and 2x4x20" pieces. You will need 4 legs per bench.

    If you are setting the bench in concrete, you will be repeating this process with 2x4x30 ½" and 2x4x34" pieces.
  4. Then, take [1] 2x4x72" piece and attach it to [2] of the legs you just built using the 2 ½" deck screws. Be sure the top and outside ends are flush.

  5. Next, fit one of the 2x4x65" pieces between the inside edges of the legs and screw it onto the 2x4x72" that was just attached.

  6. Now, screw [6] 2x4x72s on top of what you have just built using the 2 ½" deck screws. Be sure to screw the 2x4x72s in one at a time so that the 2 ½" deck screws can connect each one.

  7. Then, attach the two remaining legs you built in step 2 to the outside edges of the last 2x4x72" piece you just installed. Be sure the outside edges and top are flush.

  8. Attach the remaining 2x4x65" piece between the legs and on top of the 2x4x72" piece.

  9. Lastly, screw the remaining 2x4x72" piece on to the 2x4x65" piece you just attached.

  10. If you are concreting the bench into the ground:

    Use the bench to mark the location of the four holes (one for each leg) and dig each hole to roughly 12" deep. Place the bench in the holes, make sure it is level both side-to-side and front-to-back, then concrete the bench in place.