Yesterday my cousin came over and helped me make a shooting bench. I wanted something solid I could leave outside.
So I got $60 worth of CCA lumber at Lowes and we got after it.
Unloading lumber in the driveway-
We started off by making the frame of the bench
Notice the legs are NOT 6×6 as the plans called for. We used 4×4 legs and did not affect the end result at all.
We have flipped it over and are ready to add the decking and seats-
Securing the decking boards to the frame. We used a bit to counter sink the wood screws that go on the end boards to reduce the chance of having the wood split.
Bench surface is secured, its starting to look like a shooting bench.
Using a power sander to smooth out the rough edges.
The seats are attached, its time to load this heavy SOB up and take it to the new rifle range
We took the bench to the top part of my property, site of the new shooting range. After unloading the bench, we dug out 3 9 inch deep holes for the legs to go into, per the plans. We then leveled the bench and tamped dirt around the legs. It is sturdy and comfortable.
Here is the view from the completed shooting bench. It can accommodate left or right handed shooters, and has a seat built in for both sides. The range needs some more work- cutting some small trees, a back stop, etc. but the first step is complete and I must say it turned out rather nice.
Here is a link to the plans I used, you can download the plans by following the link below:
I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE AT HANDYMASTERS, INC OF TOPEKA. MIKE YOU ARE A TRUE GENTLEMAN AND AN EXCELLENT CARPENTER.