Awesome Amateur DIY Wood Project – WITH PLANS

Awesome Amateur DIY Wood Project – WITH PLANS

I wanted to start sharing some of my project builds not related to my shop and I figured I would start with a nice and simple one.

This is my version of a convertible 2 in1 garden bench/picnic table. I simplified the design to minimize power tool requirements by using standard lumber sizes.

This is a great project for beginner woodworkers who want to build something different.

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  1. Clint Evans on February 25, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    That is AWESOME!!! Glad I found your channel! Keep up the great work!!

  2. Lenny F on February 25, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    9:08 I am so happy you put that "X" there, or you may have accidentally cur off the wrong part

  3. Tony Jones on February 25, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Brilliant thanks stay safe, any projects are welcome.

  4. George Leonard on February 25, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    interesting that you referencing 2×4 and 2×8 as we battle to get that locally (not a standard saffa size)… what are they actually ?

  5. eddie Towers on February 25, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Wait…did he say woodchuck junkies? It opened so fast I could swear he initially said woodchuck junkies:
    How much wood could a woodchuck junky Chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

  6. Barrett Dent on February 25, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Clever and fun design

  7. Benjamin Shipley on February 25, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Yes different projects like this would be great in addition to your usual wood shop projects!

    And yeah love the simple design, but you could also do an advanced design video part 2 or something like that.

  8. Nick Soper on February 25, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    This is fantastic! Great job dude.

  9. Joseph Rogers on February 25, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I should make this.

  10. Peter Lastrucci on February 25, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Great project Jean and your enthusiasm is infectious!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž

  11. Angel Gippson on February 25, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    you should make a more difficult bench for those of us that love a challenge! keep the great work

  12. Hansie Janse van Rensburg on February 25, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    I always enjoy the content that you make. you are becoming my number one Youtube woodworker. It was nice seeing you work on a project other then upgrading your workshop.

  13. Albert Leibbrandt on February 25, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Great vid. What wood sealer did you use ?

  14. Bryan Dowdey on February 25, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Good job Jean! Useful and practical project!

  15. Cisco Cividanes on February 25, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I’m moving to a new home in (looks at agenda) less than a week, and my wife and I have been talking about new outdoor furniture. This looks like an Amazing project to try before summer sets in here.

  16. lytham1963 on February 25, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Your garden bench come table look fantastic

  17. Steve Monk on February 25, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Amazing as usual my friend, pure class.

  18. pat dee on February 25, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    As always our genius does it again. Great show kind Sir. Thanks for the plans.

  19. Ohannes Aristakessian on February 25, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Nice build

  20. Jim Smith Sr on February 25, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Excellent project. And please keep them coming as well as the shop projects

  21. Dan Dorenbos on February 25, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    I like projects like these. Please do more!

  22. Derek Gibb on February 25, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Jean, love this project and would be keen to see more non-shop improvement projects in future (although I love those as well!). Did you consider modifying the design so that the bench arm rests were horizontal rather than sloped? I think it shouldn’t be hard to do. Nice build!

  23. Tasha Palmer on February 25, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Love it. Such a good idea with the versatility. Would love more projects like this.

  24. ุณุนูŠุฏ ุงู„ู‚ุญุทุงู†ูŠ on February 25, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Fre Good ๐Ÿ‘

  25. Bill McNair on February 25, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I like both of your types of videos. You do a great job of creating a videos that are easy to understand. You also take the time to consider how the average amateur woodworking person can repeat the process. Keep them coming.

  26. brian on February 25, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Thatโ€™s seriously amazing. Iโ€™m actually an electrician by trade but am getting into woodworking because I just love it. Shh donโ€™t tell my fellow sparkles lol

  27. Bill of all Trades on February 25, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I like it, very good construction. As for content, I like a little of both.

  28. Woodshop Junkies on February 25, 2022 at 11:39 pm

  29. Arron Connah on February 25, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Is the any reason you didn’t use pocket hole on the in side to hide the screws ?

  30. Alan McWilliams on February 25, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    I like to see more projects like this one

  31. JC Thomet on February 25, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    6mm spacing for swelling in winter?

  32. Arie Al-Amin on February 25, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    An incredible idea
    Ye, I also learnt woodworking lots from


  33. TheWrinkledCheese on February 25, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    I enjoyed this project. It seems as though the plans are included in the video with enough effort writing down the dimensions and angles. I enjoy all of your videos. Thanks for your hard work and dedication. P.S. I haven’t yet duplicated your all in one workbench, I have a few constraints which require notification. Such as being able to make the table saw modular as well as some form of integration of an extended miter saw fence. I will upload a video, or at least send you some pictures when I’ve completed it.

  34. Mike Carberry on February 25, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    I enjoy the both type of content.

  35. Bert Neutel on February 25, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    This was a good project, and I would like to see more like this.

  36. George Whitehead on February 25, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Great stuff.
    How is the wadkin saw restoration going would love to see an update however small. Also what motor did you choose as I want to do the same with my saw?

  37. Angles and Acid on February 25, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Love your work ๐Ÿ™‚ part of what makes your videos enjoyable to watch is how you blend nice aesthetic designs, interesting mechanisms, whilst using relatively simple tools. E.g. ceiling storage, paint storage, fold-away mitre saw, and so on. Each having a bit of interest due to the mechanical nature of its design. This furniture project although you may feel is a departure to your usual content, actually feels quite in the same vein as your shop-projects since many of those characteristics I like are contained in it. I also wonder how much more shop-based projects youโ€™ve got left to do, since your shop is starting to fill out. Perhaps you may find it limiting to make more content down the road; so I would encourage you to continue with making furniture or other projects too to help keep your options and creativity open. Kind regards from Australia.

  38. Korkut Pehlivan on February 25, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Is it just me or link to plan doesn’t open up the plan, it is a great design and build

  39. Gregory Hines on February 25, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    I would have used pocket screws to attach your supports to the ends of the tabletop, but other than that, good project.

  40. Kip Wilson on February 25, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Would love the plans for this.

  41. ูƒุงู…ุฑุงู† ุซุฑูˆุช on February 25, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Hello ูซ Thanks for the interesting and informative movies. But I have a problem with the piece you made this time (to be honest, 2 problems)
    1- The made table and chair is a bit badly shaped and visually rough (it does not have the elegance of factory or even plastic constructions)
    2 – In the case of tables and chairs, the distance between the bench and the table is very short and it is not easy to sit and get up from the bench

    Finally: Shame on the language and possible grammatical problems ูซ Although I understand English, I am not very good at writing in this language and I wrote this text with the help of Google
    good luck

  42. Mike R on February 26, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Shop related projects are awesome, but you should definitely include non-shop projects as well.

  43. MC's Creations on February 26, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Pretty fantastic work, dude! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    I watched yesterday and now today again, with my parents… And subscribed! ๐Ÿ˜Š
    I still don’t have much tools, just finished building my workspace and I still need to build benches, shelves and so on for organizing everything… But as soon as I can I’m going to get a copy of your plans and build a pair for my house! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    Anyway, stay safe there with your family! ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ˜Š

  44. Ricky Yusuf on February 26, 2022 at 12:01 am


  45. Bahiano Reno on February 26, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Great video my friend, thank you very for sharing, keep safe

  46. Phil Gray on February 26, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Hi jean , More , always more, can’t get enough

  47. Ben Strait on February 26, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Yes, show the projects! This is the point of setting up a woodshop!

  48. Jose Noe on February 26, 2022 at 12:06 am


  49. Travel with Joe and Emily on February 26, 2022 at 12:06 am

    This is an awesome build, you should be very proud of this design. Suggestion though, change the title of the video to include 2 in 1 bench as this should have way more views than it has. Keep up the great work!

  50. A JvR on February 26, 2022 at 12:10 am