Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Bench

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Bench. We covered the plans for the table, and have covered quite a few plans from this collection already, so go forth and build away! The bench can easily be extended by simply increasing the length of the top boards. An extra connector will need to be used in the center of the top if you choose to do this, but otherwise you can make this bench to your ideal length and enjoy as a custom build! Yahoo! Xx… Rayan

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Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • 10 – 2×4 at 8’
  • 1 – 2×4 at 6’
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” screws
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 10 – 2×4 at 58” – Top
  • 20 – 2×4 at 18” – Legs
  • 4 – 2×4 at 15” –Connectors

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.

Step 1
Step 1

2×4 boards are rounded at the edges. If this look is not desired, the boards can be squared off using a table saw but it will change the height of the table slightly. To compensate for this, add to the height of the legs accordingly.

Cut the pieces for the legs and the top. Cut the miters in one end of each leg and both ends of each top board at 45 degrees. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill a pocket hole in one mitered end of the legs, as well as both mitered ends of the top. Secure the legs and the top boards to each other using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Stack each assembly using a bead of glue in between them. The last assembly can be flipped over so the pocket holes face inside and won’t have to be filled. Clamp the entire assembly together.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the top connectors and position them as shown securing them using glue and countersunk 2-1/2” screws.

Finishing Instructions

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

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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