11 Incredible Things You Can Build Using Only 2 x 4s
This common lumber stock can be used to make almost anything.
BY KING RICH
2 x 4s are available everywhere, which make them an easy and inexpensive building material. They can be cut down into smaller sizes or used as-is to make furniture and projects of all sizes.
One important tip before you build 2 x 4 projects: Run your wood stock through a jointer and a planer if you have one, to make sure your boards are flat and square. That's because the 2 x 4s you find at the lumberyard are often warped and twisted, which doesn't make for good furniture.
This bench from Modern Builds is an easy project that requires little more than cutting the 2 x 4s down to size and using a good amount of glue and clamps. After sealing and staining, you'll have a bench that can be used indoors or out and will look like it cost you a lot more than it did.
Every workshop needs a pair of sawhorses and they don't get much easier to build than this design. Each sawhorse consists of seven 2x4s cut to two different lengths. You can use nails or screws to assemble the sawhorses and they can be stacked for easy storage.
This DIY coffee table from A Beautiful Mess uses 2 x 4s stacked in a staggered design. Hairpin legs lends a modern touch and a clear stain finishes off this beautiful piece.
These elegant fire pit benches from Ana White are made from 2x4s and 2x6s, technically, but they were too gorgeous to not include. The table on top makes a great platform for drinks and snacks and the storage underneath keeps bottles and bags out of the way.
Store-bought tabletop Jenga is fun and frustration for people of all ages, but it's so... small. You can easily built set of giant Jenga pieces using 2x4s. Just make sure they are all exactly the same size and sanded down.
These beautiful bar stools from Jay Bates are built from 2x4s and assembled with lap joints. The finished look is sharper than most stools you'd find in any store, and with these you choose the height, dimensions, and stain.
Settlers of Catan
Here's a DIY version of the popular board game Settlers of Catan that's built entirely from a single 8-foot 2 x 4—that includes the board tiles, game pieces, dice, robber, and everything else. The game cards are made from the wood and thin shavings.
Wall Storage Shelves
You can never have enough storage, that's why these easy-to-build garage shelves are a no-brainer way to make use of vertical wall space.
Garage Storage Shelves
Here's another 2 x 4 storage solution. These garage shelves from DIY Design Fanatic are custom-built to fit storage boxes of the same size. This ensures that there is no wasted space and maximizes the number of boxes that can fit in the room.
Empress of Dirt designed a DIY plant wall made of 2 x 4s and burlap bags to hold the plants. It is secured against a wall, and once the plants mature you'll have a vertical green garden.
This floral centerpiece from Infarrantly Creative is made from a 2 x 4 frame with holes drilled into it to hold test tubes. These test tubes make great individual vases for all types of flowers.
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