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Shooting Bench, Saw Horse, Target Frames Projects



Knockdown Shooting Bench from kosterknives.com
I found a good design for a shooting bench made from a single sheet of plywood on the web. It requires a 4×8 sheet of 3/4″ plywood, and I chose pressure treated at near $45. It also requires some 1″ to 1.5″ screws and wood glue. So I spent around $50 thus far. If I paint it, I will spend a bit more.

  • 4×8 3/4″ plywood (treated) $40-$45
  • Box of 1″ to 1.5″ screws $5.
  • Wood glue $2

For the project I needed some tools. First, I need to build sawhorses from kit with brackets.  $65 to $70 for 3 sawhorses (4’wide by 31″ high)

  • 3 sawhorse bracket kits  $30
  • Box of 8 penny nails  (8d) $5
  • 6 – 8′ 2×4’s (treated) $30

Tools needed for making sawhorses.

  • Skill saw or hand cross cut saw.
  • Carpenter pencil
  • Tape measure.
  • Rasp file or grinder with grinding wheel or cutting wheel might work.
  • Small hammer.

Tools needed for drawing shooting bench.

  • Carpenters pencil
  • Giant Sharpe
  • Tape measure
  • Tri square
  • Framing square
  • Drafting squares and circle tool
  • Drafting compass
  • 4′ straight edge if possible
  • 1′ ruler marked in inches down to 16th inch

Tools needed for cutting out the pieces and assembly.

  • Jig saw with good wood blade.
  • Sawzall or router might work, as well.
  • Small skill saw or any circular saw could help with straight line areas.
  • Drill Motor with bit just larger than jig saw blade for corners and slots also small bits  for drilling pilot holes and counter sink holes.
  • Phillips screw driver bit for drill motor for screwing a few pieces to the seat.
  • Rasp file or grinding tool.
  • Sanding tool or sand paper if you want to sand edges.

Materials needed for target frames around $100 or less.

  • 8′ steel T Post.  8 – 10  $7 ea.
  • Chicken wire 24″x25′ $12
  • Tie straps and wire for tying chicken wire to post.
  • Horizontal pieces for making the frame a box shape. These will be tied with wire to the vertical post. I used bamboo sticks.

Tools needed for putting up target frames.

  • Steel fence post pounder.
  • Side cutters or wire cutters.
  • Pliers for twisting wire.

4 Target Frames (2-3 hour $100 project)

First, I’ll start with the target frames. I sized them for 2′ wide by 3′ tall human silhouette targets that I get for $1 each. In our case here, the pond dam was 60 yards long. There is a very steep and nice hill on the opposite side as a natural back stop. The pond dam curved in such a way that I was able to place each target frame so that all of them could be seen from the firing position, without one being in front of the other. Frames were placed at 20, 40, 50, 60 yrds. Not 30 yrds. because there was a hole in the dam where water had overflowed the dam and washed it out. I may put one there once I fill that hole. However, all one needs to do to have a 10 yrd and 30 yrd target is move forward 10 yrds.  For bow target, we have a pillow rag filled type target and its very easy, now that I have these frame setup to move it back and forth to accurate ranges of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 yrds. I simply pounded the post in 2 for each frame and 2′ apart. The post might hit rock or otherwise become crooked during pounding. I simply bent the post by pulling on it to straighten it after I attained the proper depth. They bend quite easily.


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