How to make a shooting bench for right and lefthand shooters-

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-

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We started off by making the frame of the bench

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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.

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We have flipped it over and are ready to add the decking and seats-

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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.

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Bench surface is secured, its starting to look like a shooting bench.

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Using a power sander to smooth out the rough edges.

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The seats are attached, its time to load this heavy SOB up and take it to the new rifle range

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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.

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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.

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Here is a link to the plans I used, you can download the plans by following the link below:

http://www.horstguns.com/ShootingBench.htm

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.

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