Truth time! Those of you who follow our blog or follow us on social media will remember seeing my DIY farmhouse bench in progress – MONTHS ago. Once complete, I took the pictures and then this weird thing happened. I couldn’t get past the rug that we have under our table. That’s literally why I haven’t shared this project! Because of the RUG! This is just silly! While the rug is not in any way a reflection of my personal style, it’s what we have right now. It was a hand me down – and I’m grateful we’ve been able to use it these last few years. That being said, I’m excited to show you our new additions to the kitchen table. These benches have been wonderful!! We can seat 4 small people at each, which means our table can now seat 10 – 8 comfortably!
When deciding on what kind of bench I wanted for my kitchen table, I came across these great farmhouse bench plans by Ana White, and modified them a bit in both sizing and style. When deciding how I wanted my own benches to function, I decided I wanted them to have a flat surface. While I appreciate the look of the 2×4 bench top slats, I didn’t want to be cleaning food and play-doh out of the crevices between boards.
I’m excited to take you through the steps of building your own!
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- 3 – 2×4 @ 8ft long
- 1 – 2×12 @ 8ft long
- 2″ inch wood screws
- 2″ pocket hole screws
- Wood glue
- Tape measure
- Eye/ear protection
- Miter saw
- Kreg Jig
- Power drill
- Drill bits
- (a) 1 – 2×12 @ 48″ cross cut
- (b) 1 – 2×4 @ 32″ cross cut
- (c) 1 – 2×4 @ 28″ cross cut
- (d) 2 – 2×4 @ 9 1/2″ miter cuts@ 10° – ends will not be parallel
- (e) 2 – 2×4 @ 10 5/8″ cross cut
- (f) 4 – 2×4 @ 15 1/4″ bevel cuts @ 10° – ends will be parallel
- (g) 2 – 2×4 @ 13 3/8″ miter cuts 45° – ends will be parallel
Pocket hole placement:
Let’s get started!
First, you will want to start assembling your bench leg supports. Super easy! You will use cuts D, E, and F, and you will make two bench supports.
Using wood glue and pocket hole screws attach D pieces 2″ from the bottom of your F pieces (legs), and you will attach your E pieces to the top of your F pieces – leaving 1 1/2″ on either side.
Add your center beams – pieces B and C. First attach piece B to the center of your bench support D pieces. You will attach this beam vertically.
Second, attach piece B to the center of your E pieces. You will attach this beam horizontally.
Add your cross supports – G pieces.
Attach your bench top – A piece.
Use 2″ countersunk wood screws and wood glue to attach bench top to fully assembled support base.
That’s it! You’ve just built an awesome new bench!
Ugh – this rug, it’s killing me! Ha! Here’s one without it..
Come see how I achieved this chippy finish on Wednesday at 1pm MST (May 3rd) – I’ll be doing my first Facebook live!
Want to practice this finishing technique with me? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Scrap piece of wood
- Stain – Varathane Weathered Grey
- Vaseline (petroleum)
- Paint – Rustoleum Painters Touch White
See you on Wednesday @ 1!
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