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2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table
November 2014

 

There is an area near my front entrance that I wanted to place a bench.

I wanted the bench to be placed between the bricks and the wrought iron.

This space measures 47".  So I went online to look for an iron or cast aluminum park bench with a width between 42" - 46" that would fit in this area.

I found a couple, but they were priced a little too high for me.  I was looking for something between $50 - 75.  I did find a few between this price range but they were too long.

I came across the 2 x 4 Basics Bench that provides the ends to a bench and you add your own 2 x 4's, cut to the width you want.

 

 


Wall on patio where I wanted to place a bench


2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table


I looked at their complete line of products and decided on the 2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table.

http://www.2x4basics.com/Flip-Top-BenchTable.html

I liked the idea of being able to make the exact width I needed.  The idea of flip-top also appealed to me. In this area during the spring, I like to have potted plants. The bench / table could be used as a plant stand or a seating area.

The bench ends are available at big box hardware stores or online from various retailers.  I ordered my online.  Price at Amazon on Oct 30, 2014 was $52.18 with free shipping.

The size that I decided to make the bench was 44". According to the assembly instructions in the kit, you need to cut 9- 2 x 4's to the bench length you desire.  They then say that two of these 2 x 4's should be cut 12.5" shorter for the two stringers under the bench.  So I needed:

- Seven 2 x 4's at 44"
- Two 2 x 4's at 31.5"

I had some 2 x 4's in my wood scrape pile that fit some of these measurements.  So I only needed to purchase two eight foot long 2 x 4's at the hardware store.

All wood was cut to size.  I also cut off a corner of some pieces so the bench will look a little different than the pictures.  I just measure 1-3/4" on the end and made the diagonal cut.  This way the edges of the bench will look rounded.  Also easier on my legs if I run into the bench.

It is highly recommended that you paint the wood prior to assembly.  So this is what I did.  The bench would be sheltered from the weather under the roof but I wanted to protect the wood from water.  After doing some sanding to get rid of any rough spots, the wood was first painted with an oil-based exterior primer.


2 x 4's painted with coat of oil-based exterior primer

The one thing I did not like about the bench ends were the color.  The only color available is "sand" which looks to me like a cross between sand and gray.  I would have preferred black.  So I spray painted the kit pieces oil rubbed bronze. 

Warning:  If you paint the 2 x 4 Basics pieces, you will void the warranty on the product.

I did not care about the warranty.  The pieces are sturdy resin.   Made in the USA.  The bench will not be used heavily. So I have faith that the pieces will last beyond the 2 year limited warranty the manufacturer gives. 

By golly, I am going to paint it if I want to.


Spray painted kit parts oil rubbed bronze color

If you decide to paint the kit pieces, you might want to prime it first.  I neglected to do this and the spray paint does scrape off easily on this material.

After one coat of primer on the wood 2 x 4's, sanding between each coat (hey, I don't want splinters in my butt)  I painted the wood with Sherwin Williams Resilience in Protégé Bronze SW 6153 in a satin finish.

After I let the paint dry a couple of days, it was time to assemble the bench.
The instructions that come with the kit are clear.  Screws hold everything together and it is solid. 

The only difficult part is screwing on the three 2 x 4's on the seat.  You have to attach them underneath the boards.

To make this easier, I assembled the bench on my kitchen counter.  So when you get to this last step, elevate the bench to make it easier.  If you make the bench longer, this method might not work.

 


Assembled bench on kitchen counter. 
PVC moulding attached to front seat board to hide 2 x 4's flaws.


Completed bench in place in area outside front door

Remember I used a few 2 x 4 scraps to make this bench.  Some of these scraps were not the prettiest pieces of wood.

They ended up being used for the two stringers underneath.  The board that ended up in the front on the seat also had some noticeable flaws. 

I found a piece of scrap PVC moulding and attached it to the front with some finishing nails and then painted it.

 

I also added a couple of lizards to the bench.  I painted these on, prior to assembly, with acrylic paint.

To learn how I made my own lizard stencils, please go to this page... 

When next spring comes around, I will flip the back into the table mode and place some potted plants on it. 

I will add a photo of this when I do it.

November 5, 2015

 
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