You might not need to display pumpkins (Halloween has been over for a couple of weeks now), but the basic principles can be used to bang out a quick bench or shelf of just about any size. Maybe you want a bench for your Thanksgiving turkey? Or a display shelf for tiny Christmas trees and/or menorahs? We got you covered.
STEP 1: Gear up.
Use scrap 2x4s or 1x6s (or whatever size you want, keeping in mind that the two legs need to be the same size). You will need 5 pieces of wood: 2 legs, 2 braces, and a long top - you should be able to cut all 5 pieces out of out of 2 reasonably long 2x4s. This is down and dirty knock-together furniture, the key is not to hesitate.
You will also need a chop saw and band saw. Alternatively, a hand saw and plastic miter box work fine too, for 1% of the price.
In addition you will need a screw gun and screws or hammer and nails.
STEP 2: Measure height and length of bench.
STEP 3: Forget to take picture of measuring.
Pretend there's a measuring tape in the picture at left. Get a rough idea of length and height needed for the pumpkins to be seen in each of the windows. For our purposes, the bench had to be long and tall enough for one pumpkin to be in each window.
STEP 7: Cut two braces with 45 degree ends.
Using your fourth of piece of wood (not the legs or top) cut out two braces.
Eliminate waste by nesting them on one 2x4. Like this:
| \ brace 1 / \ waste |
|waste \ / brace 2 \ |
STEP 8: Use a quick and easy measurement to get the braces to be the same length.
You can make them the same length as your saw fence, or the end of your miter box to make the measurements truly quick and easy. These don't need to be any particular length. They can be so short that they're almost triangles.
STEP 10: Drill holes and screw together the top and the legs.
First make countersunk pilot holes using your screw gun (if you don't have a countersink bit, just drill pilot holes). You'll need two holes on each side of the top piece - the holes should be a few inches in from each side.
Next, screw the top piece to the top of each leg using your pilot holes as guides.
If you don't have a power drill, hammer the thing together with nails. Just hold it in the rough position you want it and go to town.
STEP 11: Attach braces to the legs and top.
Using the same method described in Step 10, drill pilot holes and attach screws so that the braces form a 45 degree angle between the top and the inside of each leg.
See photo to the left for a good view of the angle the brace should be at. Screws should come in from the top and the sides (it's OK for them to be visible when the project is simple like this one).