DIY: How to Build an H-Leg Table Bench

This past Thanksgiving, my wife Jamie and I built what we called an H-leg dining table because we needed a table that would seat 10 people. Since we knew we would want to use it outside when it warmed up, we built it out of cedar. However, we hadn’t got around to building the benches to go with it. Well, the time came where we really needed them, so we stopped procrastinating and got to work.

I wanted to come up with a design that matched the style of the H-leg table but didn’t want to go with the thickness of a standard 4×4 because, proportionally, I didn’t think it would look as nice. I also dropped the horizontal support so it would look a little less chunky. So, yeah, I know it’s not technically an “H” anymore, but I’m okay with that.

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Download H-Leg Dining Table Plans Here.

Materials (Makes Two Benches):

  • (2) 2×6 x 8ʹcedar
  • (2) 2×4 x 8ʹcedar
  • (3) 4×4 x 8ʹcedar
  • Wood glue
  • (16) 4″Strong-Drive®SDWS TIMBER screws
  • (38) 2½”Strong-Drive®SDWS FRAMING screws

Required Tools:

  • Drill/driver
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Speed square
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection

H-Leg Table Bench Dimensions:

DIY H-Leg Table Dimensions

H-Leg Table Bench Cut Lists:

H-Leg Table Bench Steps:

Step 1: Trimming the 4x4s

H-Leg Table bench step 1

h-leg table bench

Step 2: Notching the 4x4s

Step 2 H-Leg Table Bench

Step 3: Assemble Legs

Step 4: Final Assembly

Here’s the end result!