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9 DIY Shooting Bench Plans You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

Man sighting on a shooting bench

If you are a hunter, gun collector, or target shooter, a shooting bench can be a great way to improve your shot while providing comfort. Shooting benches also make it easy to compare two similar rifles by providing a constant. If you would like to have one of these benches but don’t have a deep wallet, you can build one as good as any other with a few supplies, tools, and plenty of patience. We are going to list several plans that you can build today, and for each, we’ll give you a short description along with a picture so you can see if it’s something you want to make.

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The 9 DIY Shooting Bench Plans

1. Shooting Bench from HuntingPa

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Shooting Bench from HuntingPa looks like a modified picnic table and is easy to build and incredibly sturdy. We set it at intermediate difficulty because it uses heavy wood, so you will want to have an electric saw and a high-quality drill to install heavy-duty screws. When the project is complete, you will have a bench that will last many years.

2. Permanent Shooting Bench from OhioSportsman

Difficulty: Intermediate

The permanent shooting bench is extremely stable because you can put the legs directly into the ground. It’s easy to build and doesn’t have any angles in the cuts, but the wood is this, so you will need a power saw, so it’s not quite a beginner build. However, the resulting project is durable enough to last you several years.

3. Recycled Wire Wheel Shooting Bench from Jenna Humphries

Difficulty: Advanced

The Recycled Wire Wheel Shooting Bench from Jenna Humphries is an inventive way to recycle an old wire spool you might find around an old construction site. While the project is fairly straightforward to build, there are quite a few steps, so we put it on our advanced difficulty list.

4. Two Station Shooting Bench from AZ Pilot

Difficulty: Advanced

The Two StationShooting Bench from AZ Pilot is an advanced build that can take several days to complete, and since the wood is quite thick, it’s better to use power tools. There are several angles to cut, and it requires plenty of lumber since it’s a two sweater, but the result is one of the most durable on this list, and it should last several years. You can finish it in several ways, but the classic stain always looks the best.

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Portable Shooting Bench Plans

5. DIY Double Shooting Bench from HowToSpecialist

Difficulty: Beginner

The DIY Double Shooting Bench from HowToSpecialist is a highly customizable yet easy-to-build, useful, and comfortable project. It requires only wood glue, screws, putty, and stain. There are no difficult angle cuts, and you can make it with a handsaw if that’s all you have. While the plan does not include wheels, the included pictures show you how to install them to make it portable.

6. Free Shooting Bench Plan from MyOutdoorPlans

Difficulty: Beginner

The Free Shooting Bench Plan from MyOutdoorPlans is similar to the last plan in many ways but provides an additional seat, which can help stabilize the bench while using it. You will need lumber screws and wood glue to complete this project, along with a hammer tape measure and saw. There are no difficult cuts to complete, and you should be able to finish it in a day or two. Like the last plan, it’s easy to make this portable by adding caster wheels.

7. Portable Shooting Bench from Etsy

Difficulty: Easy

The Portable Shooting Bench from Etsy is an easy-to-put-together shooting bench perfect for right and left-handed shooters. It comes prefabricated and only takes a few moments to set up, making it perfect for travel. The downside to this plan is that it’s a little expensive.

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Folding Shooting Bench Plans

8. Table Shooting Bench from PredatorMastersForums

Difficulty: Easy

The Table Shooting Bench from PredatorMastersForums shows you how to recycle an old folding table into a folding shooting bench. It’s effective as a shooting bench and is both portable and easy to store. The only downside to this idea is that it isn’t as durable as others on this list.

9.  Portable Shooting Bench from Portercalls

Difficulty: Easy

The Portable Shooting Bench from Portercalls is another easy-to-build bench with folding legs to create a bench you can take anywhere. It only requires a single piece of plywood and a few iron pipes for the legs. The rest of the materials are minor and easy to find, so you should complete this project in a day or two.

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Shooting benches are fairly easy to build, and in many cases, an old school desk or picnic table is all you need. However, many of the designs on this list will work even better, and you can build most in a single day, even if you are a beginner. If you have the skills and resources, some of the projects on this list will produce a shooting bench you can pass down through the generations.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this list and found a few plans you would like to try. If we have helped you improve your experience, please share this guide to shooting bench plans you can build today on Facebook and Twitter.

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