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DIY $20 Dollar Beginner Wooden Bench Project

If you are looking for a beginner woodworking project, this DIY wooden bench project is perfect. For under $20 you can buy the supplies and everything needed to make a sturdy and nice looking wood bench. The supplies cost around $20 but you will need to have some woodworking tools around to cut, drill, clamp, nail, screw, and wood stain this DIY wood bench. See below for a quick step-by-step way to do it yourself.


DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_02Purchase 8 = 2 x 2 x 3 pieces of wood from your local home improvement store.
You can find each piece of wood for about a dollar each

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_01Line the pieces up as shown in picture (flush on one side) and glue them together.
Once glued, clamp them together and let the wood glue dry

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_03Once the glue is dry cut the side that was not flush so the wood is squared.

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_05Next cut a 1 x 3 x 8 for the bench top sides. You can get this size of wood for $2 dollars from Lowe’s.
Use nails and wood glue to attach this wood to the bench top sides

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_06Next make the bench legs for the bench out of 2 x 6’s.
You can find 2 x 6 wood for a few bucks in the scrap heap at your local home improvement store

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_07Measure the height you want for the bench, then cut the wood.

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_08Use some scrap 2 x 4’s to assist attaching the legs to the bench top.
You can drill pilot holes if you choose

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_09Use glue and wood screws to attach the legs to the 2 x 4’s.
Bench legs are 2 = 2 x 6’s attached together

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_10Use wood glue and then screw the legs in from the bottom.
At this point you can sand everything down to make it smooth

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_11The bench is assembled and here is how it looks before adding the wood stain.

DIY $20 Wood Bench Project_12The DIY wood bench turned out nice and the cost was under $20 dollars.
Total dimensions of wood bench is = 3′ ft long x 1′ ft wide x 17″ in tall

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Do you know of an even easier method to build a wooden bench? Please leave a comment or link below to assist others woodworking beginners.

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  1. Whoa, what a beautiful bench! I couldn’t have designed it any better! I’ve been getting into carpentry projects lately; although, I’m not very good at it. Since it’s summer, my husband and I have a lot of free time, so I’ll be sure to bring this idea up with him. I can’t believe it only costs $20! Thanks for sharing! :)

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