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The wood scrap piles in the basement are getting a little out of hand so I want to make some quick, little DIY projects to use up some of that wood. The first thing I made was this DIY Farmhouse Bench. I’ve been wanting to make one and this was a good opportunity to challenge myself to use up some of that wood, but also to make a drawing in Sketchup so I could share the plans with you.
My plan is based on using 1 x 3’s, 1 x 4’s, and 1 x 12’s because those are the sizes of the wood scraps that I had. Feel free to alter the plans to make your bench. Also, the plans are for a bench that is 48″ long. Again, these plans can be altered to make a shorter bench, too. In fact, I’m going to be making a 2-1/2′ bench next. *NOTE: I did not enough length of the 1 x 12 and 1 x 4 so I cut down some 3/4″ plywood that I had left over from other projects for the legs and brace.
If you don’t have any scrap wood, the image above has a shopping list for you.
In addition to the wood, you will need:
- wood glue
- wood screws
- brad nails
- jig saw
- wood filler
- stain/paint or both
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STEP 1: Assemble the frame using the 1 x 3’s as shown above.
I put my frame together using wood glue and pocket holes with 1-1/2″ pocket screws.
STEP 2: Cut inverted “V” shapes out of the two pieces of 1 x 12’s using my Ryobi Jig Saw.
I definitely need to improve my jig saw cutting skills ; ) but after some sanding, it looks just fine.
Step 3: Attach the 1 x 6″ boards with glue and nails.
STEP 4: Make a angle cut at each end of the two 48″ 1 x 4’s. These will be the front and back “aprons” of the bench.
Step 5: Glue and nail the apron pieces to the front and back of the bench. I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer – what a time-saver! Also, glue and nail the brace in place as shown in the image above.
Step 6: Fill the nail holes, then stain or paint as desired.
I was going for an, old, been-hanging-out-in-a-barn-for-years-look.
I think I nailed it. I sanded, stained, and sanded. Then I painted, sanded, and stained. Then sanded some more – in that order – to get the old, worn look ; )
What do you think? Could you use a little farmhouse bench at your house? I didn’t actually know exactly where I would put mine, but I love it outside in the flower garden.
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