In this instructable I will show you how to make a solid bench / coffee table, you can adjust this idea to any size you desire. I used planed soft wood but this idea could be applied by using recycled materials such as thick planks of timber and having them planed is not a must just a choice.
The finished product can be painted, stained, varnished or juse left natural.
Cushins can be attached to it, legs base is optional. Whatever way you do it you will end up with an awesome solid and heavy piece of furniture.
Safety : When using electric tools use ear and eye protection.
Keep body parts away from sharp blades.
Step 1: Construction of the bench frame.
After I decided what size to make my bench I used planed 4x2 for the bench frame. The 4x2 could be cut with an electric mitre saw or the traditional way using a tenon saw and mitre box. I was working in a small area so I found it easier using a hand saw. I also used butt joints for the frame corrners securing them with a wood adhesive and screws, a better apperance could be made by mitering all the corner joints. To get straight lines the best tool is a set square. After cutting all the length and width parts, don't forget to deduct it from the frame length parts the over hang x 2 of the bench top and deduct the 4x2 thickness x 2 from the width parts. Mark the location for the holes with an adjustble square and drill 15-20mm deep pilot holes with a 10mm wood bit and depth guide. Connect all the frame parts with 60mm timber screws, all holes will be closed with 10mm hard wood plugs in later stage.
After the frame is secured connect the inner width support parts. Mark the center length point and space two 4x2 the exact same size of the bench leg thicness. To get a good fitting use scrap timber the same size as the leg.