This step by step woodworking project is about free shooting bench plans. I have designed these plans for a simple shooting bench, so that any person with basic skills and tools can build this in one weekend. You don’t have to be an expert and you don’t need to invest hundreds of dollars to build your own shooting bench. This bench is lightweight making it portable.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy quality lumber, such as pine. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 30″ long, 1 piece – 16″ long LEGS
- B – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 30″ long, 1 piece – 33″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long, 1 piece – 28 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 9″ long, 1 piece – 16 1/2″ long FRAME
- C – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 33″ long, BRACES
- D – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 32 1/2″ long BRACE
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 36″x48″ long TABLETOP
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 8 1/2″x24″ long SEAT
- 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 500 pieces of 2″ brad nails
- 200 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- wood glue, stain
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
Free Shooting Bench Plans
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the tabletop. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together. Add glue to the joints.
Complete the tabletop frame by attaching the rest of the components. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place.
Build the legs from 2×6 lumber. You can adjust the size of the legs according to suit your needs. Attach the legs to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Make sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place.
Attach 2×6 braces to the bottom of the legs, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the braces to the legs.
Next, you have to assemble the seat frame. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes and assemble everything with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints for a professional result.
Build a diagonal brace for the shooting bench from 2×6 lumber. Cut both ends of the brace at 45 degrees. Make sure you follow the shooting bench plans for a professional result.
Fit the brace to the shooting bench, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the brace and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the tabletop of the shooting bench. Mark the cut lines on the pieces of plywood and make the cuts with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Glue together two pieces of 3/4″ plywood to add some thickness to the tabletop. Use many clamps to lock the pieces together tightly.
Fit the tabletop to the frame of the shooting bench and align the edges with attention. Use 2″ brad nails to lock the tabletop into place tightly.
Build the bench seat in the same manner as the tabletop. Cut two pieces of plywood and glue them together. Fit the seat to the frame and lock it into place with 2″ brad nails.
Next, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry out for a couple of hours. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to prevent the wood from the elements. This light structure makes for a simple portable shooting bench. So even if you are inexperienced DIY-er you can build this project in one weekend.
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