Need Some Advice for a Wooden Bench...


Old 08-18-18, 11:49 AM
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Need Some Advice for a Wooden Bench...

I'm building a two tiered bench in a trailer using 2x4's and 1x4's. I had planned to do one row of 2x4's on a 1x4 (so the 1x4 could be screwed into the floor) and a smaller 2x4 piece would connect inside between two rows of 2x4's. Here is how it was starting to look a couple days ago. I've made some more progress not photographed:


I was originally using a plan for a bench I saw online that had the 2x4's inside (between rows) connecting "sideways". Not on top of the 2x4. I was also planning to use brackets (you can see two in the photo) to strengthen the build.

The problem I'm foreseeing now is once I screw the plywood seating down, the screws inside the 2x4's are likely to start mashing into one another and having a field day inside the wood. Also I'm now questioning the weight stability of side screwing 2x4's like this:

... vs one on top of the other like you see here (2x4 resting on top of another):

So I'd like some recommendations and advice here. This bench is going to be the full length of the trailer. Each 2x4 is spaced roughly 16". I was hoping that with that amount of spacing and a 3/4" plywood seat, it would hold the weight of a dozen people across the length.

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Old 08-19-18, 04:50 AM
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I would suggest using framing cleats and hangers as used in hanging joist and roof framing. Material similar to these.
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So the only problem I have is, both 2 x 4's are thin side facing. I suppose I could turn the front 2 x 4 but then I need to re-drill into my 1 x 4 and I'll then have a bunch of holes in wood that aren't doing anything. I suppose I could replace ALL of my 2 x 4's and start over again. Unfortunately that's a lot of wasted money and lost time (I'm doing this myself and needing to get it done as soon as possible).

Thoughts? Alternate ideas? Should I just start over?
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