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Build This Bench Out of Nothing But 2 x 4s

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This easy-to-build sitting bench can be assembled in just a couple hours with basic tools.

  landscape-1450566214-screen-shot-2015-12-19-at-30219-pm   Outdoor benches can be expensive to buy and complicated to build, but not this one. With a few simple materials, tools, and basic lumber—nothing but a few 2 x 4s—you can build this bench on a Saturday afternoon and be reading the Sunday paper on it the next morning.

Supplies needed include:

• 8 - 8 foot 2 x 4s

• 24 - 2 1/2 inch deck screws

• 24 - 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws

• Outdoor wood glue

 You'll need a saw of some type to make your cuts and the ability to measure and cut angles. This can be accomplished with a miter saw, or any other saw plus a speed square. A drill/driver is also necessary as well as a pocket hole jig. (You can build this bench without pocket holes, but you'll need to countersink the screws and the surface won't look as finished.)

This bench reclines at a comfortable 15-degree angle and the feet are cut at 15 degrees to make it very sturdy. Check out the video above and read the tutorial from Jay Bates here.

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