Over the past few years, I have been doing a lot of maintenance on my church's softball field. I built a new fence, rebuilt the infield, and acquired some used sheet metal for dugout roofs. The only thing we lacked was some nice benches for the dugouts. I looked all over the internet and couldn't find a good "how-to" for building my own benches. So I decided to design my own. (I think they turned out really nice.)
Since I didn't have a budget for this project, I found a local contractor willing to let me reclaim used 2x4's from the scrap pile. All I had to do was remove some old rusty nails, and sand them down.
I am sure there are others out there looking to do the same thing, so I included several images, and the plans I drew up. If you need inexpensive, good-looking, benches, I hope these plans can get you started!
I had to pull out a ton of nails, but hey, it was free lumber!
Pro tip: I saved a lot of time by getting a friend to help pull nails. (This would be a great opportunity to teach the kids on your team how to use a hammer to pull nails!)
While your buddy is pulling the nails out of the free lumber, you can start cutting your support pattern.
Note: Since the frames will make contact with the ground, use pressure treated lumber.
After I cut out my pattern pieces, I used them to mark the cuts needed for the other 11 bench support frames. Use a miter saw to save time and get better cuts.
Note: I made 2 benches 20' long each. Since I am putting a support every 4', I needed a total of 12 supports
Find the straightest 2x4 and attach it to your bench supports.
Note: I spaced the supports 4' apart. I wouldn't recommend going any wider.
Pro Tip: Get a buddy to help while installing the first couple of boards. That way you can keep everything square and properly lined up.
Note: If your benches are longer than the 2x4s, make sure to stagger your joints. This will make your benches stronger and look better.
I painted the team logo on the back of the bench. I think it will look pretty cool once I add a layer of spar varnish.
Here is what it looks like with all of the boards attached. I will add more pictures as soon as I finish staining & sealing.