DIY Dugout Benches

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 started off by acquiring scrap 2x4s from a local construction site. (Ask first!!)

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!)

 

I couldn't find any drawings I liked, so I drew up my own. Feel free to use these for your project!

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

This image shows how I attached the pieces using 3" deck screws.

 

Once your supports are cut and assembled, It's time to put the bench together.

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.

Progress!

 

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.

 

The Team Approves!!!.