Step 2: Build the Frame

picnic bench illustration with just the braces and crosspieces highlighted
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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For each end of the frame, attach the top crosspiece to legs using 2½-inch deck screws. Attach the bench crosspiece to the legs with 3½-inch-long carriage bolts 15 inches from the bottom edge.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a 7/16-inch drill bit
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench

    Shopping List

    1. Pressure-treated 2x8 You'll need three 8-footers to build the bench crosspieces and legs.

    2. Pressure-treated 2x6 You'll need nine 6-footers to build the top and benches.

    3. Pressure-treated 2x4 You'll need three 6-footers to build the top crosspieces and the braces under the top and bench. 4. 3/8 x 3½-inch exterior grade carriage bolts to attach the bench crosspieces to the legs. You'll need 8.

    5. 3/8-inch washers and nuts. You'll need 8 of each.

    6. 2½-inch deck screws to attach the top, benches and braces.