How to Build a Small Bench

Take a load off

Carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians and homeowners: give your back and knees a break with this portable, easy-to-build seat/step stool/tool box/work surface. It will make long work days go easier.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

TIME

Instant!

COMPLEXITY

Simple

COST

Under $20

Who's Pete?

Years ago, I worked with a guy named Pete who brought along a cool little bench like this to every trim job. He used it for everything—to stand on, cut on and, of course, to plant his butt on during lunch. After 25 years, I decided to build my own version from 3/4-in. plywood. The bench only takes a couple of hours to cobble together. Give it a whirl; you'll use it more than you think.

Figure A: Pete's Bench

Build this handy box from 3/4-in. plywood and 1 5/8-in. screws. You'll be amazed by how useful it will be.

Figure A: Bench details
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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • Orbital sander
  • Safety glasses

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 3/4-in. plywood
  • 1-5/8-in. screws