Ideal for an hallway or a dining room, design your rustic bench for a stylish and personalized decor.
This simple bench features a shelf below the seat, perfect for shoe storage, or for books, etc. It’s a great size for an entryway, a piano bench, or for the end of the bed. It’s also easy to customize if you need it longer or deeper.
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- (1) 1x2x8
- (1) 1x3x8
- (2) 1x4x8
- (1) ¾” plywood 24” x 48” (¼ sheet)
- 1 ¼” wood screws
- 1 ¼” finish nails
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw
- Circular Saw & Straight Edge Guides (for cutting plywood and tapered legs)
- Finish Nailer
- 1×2 boards
- (2) 11” long
- 1×3 boards
- (2) 11” long
- (2) 30” long
- 1×4 boards
- (8) 18” long
- ¾” plywood
- (1) 15” x 35”
- (1) 9” x 31 ½”
Step 1: Assemble Leg
Cut two pieces of 1×4 to 18” long. Measure and mark 11” down from the top of each board (on one edge) and the center point of the bottom edge (1 ¾” from each side). Draw a line between these marks on both boards and use a taper jig on the table saw, a jig saw, or a circular saw to cut along this line.
Then assemble the long, straight sides of the boards together like shown using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails (you can substitute screws or dowels if you’d prefer).
Step 2: Assemble Second Leg
Repeat step 1 to assemble another leg mirroring the first one. Note the orientation of the pieces that make up the legs.
Step 3: Add Top Side Brace
Cut a piece of 1×3 board to 11” long. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” wood screws to secure this board between the legs, on the inside, like shown so that the top edge is flush to the top of the legs.
Step 4: Add Bench Shelf Support
Cut a piece of 1×2 to 11” long. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” wood screws to secure this board between the legs on the inside so that the top edge is 11” from the top of the legs.
Step 5: Build Second Bench Side Frame
Repeat steps 1-4 to build another side frame identical to the first one.
Step 6: Add Seat Support at Front
Cut a piece of 1×3 to 30” long and use wood glue and 1 ¼” wood screws to secure it between the frames on the inside flush to the top like shown in the diagram.
Step 7: Add Seat Support at Back
Repeat step 6 to add another 30” long 1×3 between the frames on the opposite side.
Step 8: Add Bottom Shelf
Cut a piece of ¾” plywood to 9 1/8” x 31 ½”. Use wood glue and finish nails (or 1 ¼” screws) to secure this piece to the top of the 1x2s on the side frames.
Step 9: Add Top
Cut a piece of ¾” plywood 15” x 35”. Use wood glue and screws from the top side, or Z clips, figure 8 brackets, L brackets, or pocket holes on the framing underneath to secure this panel in place on the top of the bench. Leave 1” overhang on the sides and 1 ¼” overhang on the front/back.
Leave it with a natural finish or apply some stain or paint to complement the decor in your room.
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