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RickDel 04-14-2010 10:06 AM

Is this a sturdy bench design?
 
Is this bench sturdy enough for three men? http://wayneofthewoods.com/Bench.html
http://wayneofthewoods.com/Bench.10.jpg

Also, instead of 53" long, can I make this 72" long? If so, will I need to alter the design to strengthen it? We need it to hold 4 to 5 adults safely.

Thanks (and thanks to the guys who have already provided guidance on this project from my previous post)

Jack Olsen 04-14-2010 12:23 PM

This is for sitting on?

For a 6' span you could use a 2x6 for that top lateral instead of a 2x4.

And use screws for fasteners instead of nails.

slickgt1 04-14-2010 12:44 PM

Glue it too.

DangerMouse 04-14-2010 03:25 PM

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If you go to 73", I'd consider a little more bracing.
Something similar to this should do.

DM

RickDel 04-14-2010 04:58 PM

sorry, that should have been 72" instead of 73"...

Yes, this is for sitting, and I plan to use glue and screws.

Good idea on the 2x6's, I'll do that too.

Dangermouse, are those 2x4's at an angle? Could you give me a little more detail. Thanks

Thanks!

DangerMouse 04-14-2010 05:10 PM

Is this someone else's picture, and just an idea of what you want to make?

DM

DangerMouse 04-14-2010 05:17 PM

3/4" plywood, strong though it may be in most applications, should not be used as the side supports, IMHO.
They can suck up moisture, crack, etc. and no way would I allow 5 adults to sit on that.... at least not before I pay my insurance premium. You need a good, solid bench design to follow if you want a strong and safe place to seat your friends. Done properly, you can build a very strong bench with 2x4s!

DM

RickDel 04-14-2010 07:00 PM

Quote:

Is this someone else's picture, and just an idea of what you want to make?
It's a bench plan someone posted online. The link is included on the first post.

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you can build a very strong bench with 2x4s!
Okay, but that puts me back to square one. I initially wanted to use 2x4's and got some guidance here, but we decided this bench would work better.

So how about 2x6's covered with 3/4" plywood for the top? But what do I build the legs out of, and how do I attach the top to the legs??

Thanks

DangerMouse 04-14-2010 07:44 PM

Yeah, I found that page. Didja notice that there were only 3 little KIDS sitting on the bench? LOL
You put 5 of MY friends on that bench and look out! Now you're thinking though, build it strong to last long.
Here's one way you could use the 2x6s.... http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_LodZ9etRvT...ic+bench+2.jpg
This is more like what I imagined you needed. Is yours to be for outdoors? Back porch? Inside?
Weight? Will it be moved around? Wheels/casters?
All things to consider.

DM

RickDel 04-14-2010 09:28 PM

Yeah, I did notice there was only 3 little kids.

This bench will be used for parents who are waiting/watching their kids participate in martial arts. They will be indoors and won't need to be moved very often. We'd like them to be approx 72" long and sturdy.

That bench is PERFECT!!! Is there any more details or a plan for that project????

Thanks Again

DangerMouse 04-15-2010 07:53 AM

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_LodZ9etRvT...Q/Ve6RmPgl62k/
is a larger look at it. Simply replace their support boards with your 2x6s. If you have problems or questions, pop by here and ask! No problem.

DM

Willie T 04-15-2010 08:05 AM

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Here are a couple of shots of a simple bench we did for a deck last month. The sturdiness comes from the angle bracing. (There are only two braces, one at each end) The support turned at a 45 degree angle where the seat boards meet also helps stiffen the whole thing. The frame was all simple 2x material, and the seat is 1" decking boards.

The 'trick', if you will, to most any recreational seating is the interlocking way you build it... not necessarily the 'add-ons' in the way of extra bracing. From the drawing, you can imagine how the seat boards lock everything together rigidly as they join the support pieces into a unit with them.

DangerMouse 04-15-2010 08:12 AM

Thanks Willie. Something like that would be even easier for him to make with 2x6s.
I'd worry about splinters from a plywood top. (seat)

DM

Willie T 04-15-2010 08:29 AM

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Here is the long bench in the background of the other post. Simple, but VERY sturdy.

Sorry, no drawings... I just sorta 'winged' this one as I went along. (Something I try not to do, but there was a lot to work around in this situation.)

slickgt1 04-15-2010 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 428992)
Here is the long bench in the background of the other post. Simple, but VERY sturdy.

Sorry, no drawings... I just sorta 'winged' this one as I went along. (Something I try not to do, but there was a lot to work around in this situation.)

Wow simply amazing amount of space. Your yard is bigger than my house. And I probably paid doulbe for mine in NYC. BS I tell you.


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