DIY Farmhouse Benches

Farmhouse benches are sturdy, easy to build and stylish with rustic bracing and notched corners.

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Materials Needed:

  • 8' 1 X 3 pine board
  • 6' 1 X 2 pine board
  • 8' 1 X 4 pine boards (2)
  • 6' 1 X 12 pine board
  • 2" finish nails (32)
  • 2" wood screws (24)
  • 1-1/4" wood screws (10)
  • pilot hole bit to match wood screws and lag screws
  • small tube wood filler
  • 1 quart stain or 2 quarts flat paint
  • spray can exterior clear coat
  • sandpaper in medium and fine grits
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter's square
  • drafting compass
  • drill
  • hammer
  • jigsaw Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.
  • vacuum with soft-bristled brush

Cut List

1 X 3 boards cut at 17-1/4" (side legs, 4 boards)
1 X 3 boards cut at 11-1/2" (ends, 4 boards)
1 X 2 boards cut at 17-1/4" (end legs, 4 boards)
1 X 4 boards cut at 45" (aprons and bottom stretcher, 3 boards)
1 X 4 boards cut at 25-3/4" (cross bracing, 2 boards)
1 X 12 board cut at 54" (top)

Getting Started

Select boards that are straight. Tip: Pretend the board is an arrow on a bow and look down the length of the board to see if it is straight. Tip: For added character, select boards that are rustic in nature with imperfections, cracks and knots. To save time, have hardware store cut boards as directed in cut list. Work on a clean level surface large enough for the project and always wear safety glasses and ensure proper ventilation when painting.

Notch Legs

Mark out 1 X 3 leg boards as shown in diagram. Carefully cut notches out with jigsaw.

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