49 of 49 people found the following review helpful.
It was necessary to tip the bench over in order drill pilot holes and to get at the screws. I had to clamp the 2×4′s to the plastic/composite ends to keep them from falling off or moving out of position. I would recommend using a couple of small carpentry clamps to hold things in place while putting the bench together.
I had the 2×4′s sanded and painted prior to attaching them to the plastic/composite ends so that took a little time, but probably not more than an additional hour. That probably saved time in the long run. Making this bench with the 2×4 basics kit is not a difficult project.
The 2×4 basics bench is solid and not all that heavy, but it isn’t going to blow over in a high wind. I am quite satisfied with how the bench came out and somewhat surprised at how substantial it is. I thought it might twist and perhaps wiggle side to side–nope, it is a rock.
I am so pleased with this approach to building patio furniture that I will be recommending the product to friends.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
I am so glad that I carefully studied (and did not trust) the alleged instructions, which were, by the way, no more than a few pictures on the box.
For my four-foot bench, I was “instructed” to cut three four-foot 2 x 4s, and two 41″ 2 x 4s. In actuality, the bench requires nine four-foot 2x4s, and no other lengths. Had I followed the instructions, I would have wasted eight feet of expensive treated lumber, AND needed a second trip to the lumberyard to buy additional boards.
My four hours’ labor has resulted in a great bench, no thanks to the manufacturer.
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