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Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench

07.07.10
The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench

Here are the plans for the Coastal Collection Big Sur bench seating. This would be wonderful with the 65″ Dining Table, or used outside alongside the raised planter beds I designed. Perhaps against an entry wall with a few baskets underneath…Maybe at the foot of a bed..

The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 4×4 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8′ (1 board for the front/ back aprons and 1 board for the supports and side aprons)
  • 1 – 2×6 at 10′ (2 of the bench tops)
  • 1 – 2×6 at 6′ (the other bench top)
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 4×4 at 18″ (Legs)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 9 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
  • 5 – 1×3 at 13″ (Bench Supports)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 41″ (Front/Back Aprons)
  • 3 – 2×6 at 48 ” (Bench Tops)
Instructions

Notes: Use 2″ Screws and glue unless directed to use the 3″ Screws. If you are making this for outdoor use, purchase wood that holds up well to weather and moisture. This might include Cedar, Redwood, and Teak , but I would ask your local lumber supply for appropriate wood species for your area and climate. You should Finish and Seal all boards prior to assembling if this is for outdoor use. This will keep it water tight and protected. You will place 1/4″ Gap between the Table Top Boards and increase the Side Support and Side Apron length by 1/2″ to allow for water drainage and accommodate the gaps. This isn’t necessary for every climate zone, so if you climate doesn’t require this, it will be a matter of taste preference.

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench
Step 1

Attach the Side Aprons to the Legs. These will be fastened 1 1/2″ from the top of the leg and will sit back 1″ from the outside edge of your legs. Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ material and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws with glue.

The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench
Step 2

Build the Frame // set your Kreg Jig for 3/4″ material and create your pocket holes. Use 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws and Wood Glue to fasten together.

The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench
Step 3

Attach the Frame to the Legs// Use 3″ Screws and Wood Glue. Frame will sit 1 1/2″ from the top edge of the legs and will be centered front to back with a setback of 1″ from front edge of legs as well as on the backside.

The Design Confidential Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench
Step 4

Cut 3 boards to length for the top of your bench. Remove a 3 1/2″ square from 2 of the corners for 2 of your boards. Use a jig saw, circular saw or router for this. Then attach your bench top boards to the frame and aprons using 2″ finish nails and glue. Leave 3/8″ in between your center board and the outside boards.

Step 5
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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6 comments on “Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Big Sur Coastal Collection 48 Inch Bench”

  1. Design Conf,

    I was inspired by this bench design and crafted the bench using most of the plans here with the exception of making the bench so that it could be taken apart and moved later on (portability). I have a slight variation in frame design and leg attachment. Mine was crafted for usage indoors using mostly all reclaimed wood and I’ve vlogged the project. I’ll be posting the video to YouTube later this week. I’d like to reference the plans for the bench by linking to this page. Please contact me so we can create a collaboration. Would you be wiling to highlight my YouTube vlog on this page? Let me know.
    -WoodShaped

    1. feel free to link to these plans! i can post a showcase with some still shots of your build and a link to your vlog if you will send me them via email!

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