Friday, July 17, 2015

New DIY Plans - The Shelby Bench

Happy Weekend everyone! I've been sitting on the plans that I drew up for the Shelby bench (from my Bench Building Workshop) for a few months. Got an email asking if I wouldn't mind sharing them, so let's get to that!!

We're covering the bench on the right, today.

This bench was requested by my lovely, talented friend, Shelby! It was the quickest and easiest (those two don't always go hand-in-hand) bench of the bunch, and it was cheap!

Totally a bonus.

Here's what we based the bench plan on.

And this is what Shelby made!

(We obviously hadn't included the rods/hardware at this point)

And here are the plans so that you can make your own!

48" W x 13 1/2"D x 17 1/2"H

Shopping List

  • 2 - 2 x 6 x 8'
  • 1- 2 x 4 x 8'
  • 1 - 2 x 2 x 4' (optional)*
  • 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/2" screws
  • wood glue

Cut List

  • 2 - 2x6 @ 17 1/2" (legs)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 17 1/2" (legs)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 16" (legs)
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 45" (top)
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 48" (top)
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 45" (top)
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 13 1/2"* cut to fit

* I ripped a 2x2 at 45-degrees to get two inconspicuous corner brackets for this, but we didn't end up using them because the bench was solid enough without it. They're included in the plan, but you may be able to get away without them if you don't have a table saw to rip it, or don't want to use the 2x2 at all.

Step 1

Using pocket hole screws, built two sides as shown above (note, the smaller measurement should read 16", not 15"). They will need to mirror each other. Pre-drill pocket holes in the center board facing upward to attach the top, later.

Step 2 

Using pocket hole screws, build the top as shown above. Be sure to add pocket holes to the ends of the shorter edge pieces to attach the legs to, later.

Step 3

Attach the legs to the top using the pocket holes that were previously drilled.

Step 4

Cut bracing to fit and attach using glue and 1 1/2" screws into the sides and top of the bench.

I've uploaded plans to my 3D warehouse page for you to download. Enjoy!

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