You are on page 1of 6

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

te

PROJECT

N 11

far mh ous e

BE NC H

SHOPPING LIST

TOOLS

2 8'-long 1x12s

Basic hand tools

2 8'-long 1x2s

Jigsaw

2 8'-long 1x3s

Circular saw

Wood glue

Finish nailer

2" finish nails


Finishing supplies

CUTTING LIST
2 17"-long 1x12s (sides)

A SIMPLE WOOD BENCH WITH A FEW

52"-long 1x12 (bottom


shelf)

59"-long 1x12 (bench


top)

2 59"-long 1x3s (top trim)


2 15"-long 1x2s (side trim)
1

50"-long 1x2 (bottom


shelf trim)

59 1 2"

18"

DIMENSIONS

TJ8-5-2012 IMUS 7/CRA0334 The Handbuilt Home W:8.5"xH:10.875" 175L Ex128 chenming M/A Magenta

pretty details will bring character and charm


to any space. With this farmhouse bench,
weve created economical and attractive
seating for our farmhouse table (page 73).
But this bench could also work at the foot of
a bed, as a spot to sit and remove boots in
the entryway, or even as a coffee table. It is
simple to build, yet sturdy and strong, and
it makes the perfect beginner project. The
only power tools you must have are a jigsaw
and a nish nailer.

13"

The farmhouse bench measures 59" wide by 13" deep by 18" tall (151cm x 33cm
x 45.5cm). It is designed to seat three adults and is standard seating height.

76

76
TJ8-5-12 P068-083 175L CTP.indd 76

20/06/2012 08:23

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

BUILT BY

RE BE CC A RID NE R

T H E D I N I N G RO O M | 7 7

TJ8-5-2012 IMUS 7/CRA0334 The Handbuilt Home W:8.5"xH:10.875" 175L Ex128 chenming M/A Magenta

BeccaDaleDesigns.com

77
TJ8-5-12 P068-083 175L CTP.indd 77

20/06/2012 10:54

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

C UT TI N G E N D S
A few pretty details can add
considerable charm to a basic bench.
Mark the boards cut for the sides as
shown in the diagram, and carefully cut
them out with a jigsaw. Sand the edges
until smooth.

2 B OT TO M S H E LF

17 1 4"

On both of the sides, measure 4" (10cm)


up from the bottom and mark. Use your
speed square to draw a line. Attach the
bottom shelf to the sides with wood
glue and 2" (5cm) finish nails, using the
line as a guide, even with the bottom of
the shelf. Use glue on all joints.

3 B E N C H TO P
Mark the underside of the bench top 3"
(7.5cm) from the outside edge on both
ends. Apply wood glue to the tops of
the legs. Position the bench top on the
legs, matching marks for overhangs.
Nail the bench top to the legs with 2"
(5cm) finish nails.

4"

5 3 4"

5"
"

34

4 TO P TR I M E N DS
Using the diagram to guide you, create
a pattern for the ends of the top trim.
Cut out with a jigsaw, and use this
pattern to cut decorative ends on the
bench side top trim. After cutting, sand
the edges until smooth.

AT TAC H I N G TO P TR I M

TJ8-5-2012 IMUS 7/CRA0334 The Handbuilt Home W:8.5"xH:10.875" 175L Ex128 chenming M/A Magenta

Apply glue to the edge of the top and


2" (5cm) down the legs. With tops and
ends flush, nail the top trim to the sides
of the bench with 2" (5cm) nails.

52"

4"
2" nails or screws
from outside

Pocket hole jig users can


attach bottom shelf with 3 4"
pocket holes from underside with
1 1 4" pocket hole screws

6 S I D E TR I M
Apply glue to the exposed edges of
legs and " (2cm) in on the bottom
shelf. Nail the leg trim to the legs with
2" (5cm) nails, keeping outside edges
flush. Also nail the trim to the bottom
shelf for increased strength and
support.

Fasten top to sides


with 2" nish nails

59 1 2"

B OT TO M S H E LF TR I M
Check to make sure the bottom shelf
trim fits well, trimming if necessary.
Remove and apply glue along edge
of bottom shelf. With top edges flush,
attach bottom shelf trim to bottom shelf
with 2" (5cm) nails. Add two nails per
end through the outside of the leg
trim into the end grain of the bottom
shelf trim.

Pocket hole jig users can also


attach sides to top with 3 4" pocket holes
and 1 1 4" pocket hole screws

78

78
TJ8-5-12 P068-083 175L CTP.indd 78

20/06/2012 08:23

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

1"

2 1 2"

3"

59 1 2"

15 1 2"

Attach with 2" nish nails and glue.


Nail to bottom shelf

50 1 2"

Flush to top of shelf

2" nish nails and wood glue


2" nails and glue

T H E D I N I N G RO O M | 7 9

TJ8-5-2012 IMUS 7/CRA0334 The Handbuilt Home W:8.5"xH:10.875" 175L Ex128 chenming M/A Magenta

Attach to top and sides with


2" nish nails and wood glue

79
TJ8-5-12 P068-083 175L CTP.indd 79

20/06/2012 08:23