It’s time for the Power Tool Challenge Team monthly post! I love this group. A handful of us power tool loving, creative DIY’ers get together and share simple beginner projects that are great confidence builders. My project this month is a simple DIY bench to display our pumpkins at our front door.
Since we are in October..
our theme is of course…
But only in spirit 😉
Because this simple DIY bench is an easy DIY afternoon project.
My simple DIY bench is an adaptation of the DIY Patio table I built this summer. All I did was change the measurements and make it longer. I used cypress scrap wood left over from my DIY Industrial Shelves we made last year. I promised DH I’d use up all the bits and pieces of extra wood I’ve been storing (hoarding) on the side of the house, so this made DH very happy!
Cut list for a rustic simple DIY Bench
4 legs – 2″x 2″@ 16″
2 sides – 2″ x 2″ @ 24″
4 sides – 2″x2″ @ 10″
8 top boards – 3″x 1″ @ 16″
1 bottom support – 2″x 2″ @23 3/8″(cut after you measure the exact support length when the bench is assembled)
Saw – I used my compound sliding miter saw which is my go to for most of my projects.
Kreg Face Clamp – optional
Combination square – optional
My simple DIY bench assembles exactly like my patio tables, read the step by step details in my first post here. I added my favorite tips to make this project even easier below! Most of these will be handy for other projects too:)
I like to line up my pieces after cutting, and label them. I tend to daydream sometimes…(don’t we all?), and this keeps me organized.
Lay the pieces together and mark where the Kreg Jig holes will go. It makes the work much faster.
Use a square to quickly mark the bottom support position for all the legs.