DIY Farmhouse Benches
Farmhouse benches are sturdy, easy to build and stylish with rustic bracing and notched corners.
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- 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
- jigsaw Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.
- vacuum with soft-bristled brush
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)
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.
Mark out 1 X 3 leg boards as shown in diagram. Carefully cut notches out with jigsaw.
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