$20 DIY Modern Concrete and 2x12 Wood Bench- Very Easy to Make




About: Hey! This is Molly and Dylan from the YouTube Channel Woodbrew:) We are 20 year old makers, entrepreneurs, and content creators. Happy building!

----Materials Used----

• (1.5) 80lb bags of 5000 high strength concrete

• (2) metal Brackets http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9

• Screws http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9

• 5 gallon bucket

• 1/2" dowel

• Spar Urethane: http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9

• WD-40 Specialist Dirt & Dust Resistant Dry Lube Spray: http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9

• 2 x 12 x 8 Pine board

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Step 1: Spray Your Mold

Grab two five gallons buckets and spray one with a mold release. This will help the concrete not stick to the bucket when it dries. We used this WD-40 Product: WD-40 Specialist Dirt & Dust Resistant Dry Lube Spray: https://goo.gl/sBNQCf

Step 2: Mix & Pour Concrete

Mix concrete in the bucket without your mold release. Once your concrete is fully mixed, pour it into the second bucket with the mold release product.

Step 3: Adding an Attachment Block

We need a way to attach the bench to the concrete. Grab a scrap piece of 2x4 and place it into the wet concrete. We screwed a temporary longer piece on to keep the block from sinking.

Step 4: Remove the Bucket & Trace

Remove the bucket by twisting the bucket back and forth. This will take some time. Move the concrete block onto a piece of 2" x 12" x 48" lumber and trace the shape.

Step 5: Round the Board & Sand

We used a circular saw to make a series of cuts that formed the curve. A jig saw would work much better here. Sand everything with 120grit and 220grit sandpaper.

Step 6: Attaching Wood to Concrete

Use 2.5" screws to attach the 2 x 12 to the concrete. We used 1/2" oak dowels to plug these holes.

Step 7: Attaching the Leg

Use some metal angle brackets to attach a board to the opposite end of the 2 x 12. This board should be cut to the same height as the concrete block. We used these brackets: http://amzn.to/2tXpBy9

Step 8: Apply Your Finish

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    7 Discussions

    Sebastiaan Mollema

    2 years ago

    Hi guys, great looking project! I saw you were in the finals of the Home Improvement contest aswell. Good luck!


    2 years ago

    Nice design. So much more than jusr a wood bench , or wood on two concrete posts. And simple to make!


    2 years ago

    the simpler the better. great job!!! plan to make one soon!


    2 years ago

    This is brilliant and beautiful. Excellent instructions.


    2 years ago

    Lovely creative thought


    2 years ago

    Gorgeous and great for a tight budget!


    2 years ago

    simple and nice! Beautiful bench