How to Build a Wood Bench

Make a stylish slatted wood bench using pine boards.

How To Make a Modern Wood Bench 02:37

Dan Faires shows how to make a slat-style wood bench with a high-end look.
Minimalist Wood Bench

Minimalist Wood Bench

Make a modern wood bench using scrap pieces of wood.

From: Danmade

Materials and Tools:

  • (9) 1x4 x 10’ pine boards
  • miter box and saw
  • wood glue
  • (1) box 1-1/4" finish nails
  • stain or paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • speed square

Measure and Cut Boards

Cut boards down to multiple sized slats including 18 at 18", 20 at 14-1/2" and 10 at 3' using a miter box and saw.

Assemble First Pieces

Lay a 3' piece down, and place a 14-1/2" piece perpendicular at each end of the 3' piece. Apply wood glue on top of the wood, and lay an 18-inch piece on top of the 14-1/2" piece overlapping at the top corner of the bench. Line everything up with a speed square and nail together. Repeat on opposite corner.

Alternate Wood Slats

Dab glue in the top corners of the two 18" pieces, and place a 3' piece on top horizontally. Secure with nails. Repeat these steps until you use all of the 1x4s. Fill any holes with wood filler, and allow everything to dry for 24 hours. 

Sand and Stain

Use 220-grit sandpaper to smooth all surfaces. Wipe clean, and apply a clear coat of polyurethane. 

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