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Build a Rustic Bench for $8!

Here’s a simple project that you can knock off in less than half an hour!
All it took to build this rustic bench is one 2x6x10, half a 2x4x8 and a handful of 2 1/2″ screws. It now sits proudly on my front porch.
I’ve broken this project down into simple to follow images.
Here’s how to build it!
You will need a drill with a drill bit and a screwdriver bit
2 ½” coated screws
1 – 2”x6”x10’
1 – 2”x4”x6’
Paint or stain
A miter or circular saw (or get the folks at the lumberyard to cut the wood for you)
Cut your boards to size
Lay 2 of the 16″ leg pieces on the floor and screw one of the 11″ pieces across one end. Be sure it lines up perfectly with the edge of the 16″ pieces. (drill a hole (pilot hole) before installing the screws to avoid having the wood split!)
Repeat process. Note how the legs stand up by themselves thanks to the chunky wood.
Stand the legs up and lay two 28″ seat pieces across the top. Measure 2″ in on on all 4 edges so the legs will be evenly spaced and mark the measurement clearly on the sides of the seat pieces.
Attach the seat pieces to the leg pieces using 2 1/2″ screws or nails making sure the edge of the leg pieces are aligned with the marks you made. Don't forget to drill a pilot hole before using the screws.
Add a crosspiece for extra stability if you wish. Paint or stain your bench
So simple you'll want to build more than one!

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