My neighbor was thrilled to get a free, large picnic table--the type that would be in a park. But he didn't like the weathered wood that was on it so guess who snatched up the fabulous 2x10's? Yep, I grabbed those babies quickly before he burned them or before they met some other untimely wood death. One was split badly, but from the other five boards I made three benches.
These are the simplest of construction. I cut two 17 inch pieces for the legs.
To each leg I added a board or brace 4 inches up from the bottom.
I then screw the leg pieces on through the top of the bench.
Two 2x4's attached to the leg braces make the bench sturdy and add a great shelf for shoes (I used free 2x4's from pallets). Paint, sanding, and stain finished each bench--I painted one red, one white, and one blue.
You don't get to see the red and white one, they are in place waiting for next Saturday's Junk Fest, but I still have the turquoise bench to show you. Try this simple bench, these are quick and easy!