Come to know how to make a wooden bench. This simple construction requires only two boards (2x8x8 ′) and no less than an hour!
How to Make a Wooden Bench
just from Two Boards
By Crystal in The Weathered Fox
I like a good instruction on wood structure because the material is usually inexpensive and easy to find.
The gray, depressed paint, rough wood, and cathedral / gothic style bench arch legs make it perfect for a wedding or to add to any garden or veranda!
So, let me show you how to make a wooden bench for yourself!
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- 4 – 2x8x18 – cut two from each board (Yes, that’s it!)
Step 1: Cutting
Cut two 18-inch pieces out each board (4 total 18-inch boards for legs). The remaining boards will be seating. These cuts are quickly made with a miter saw or circular saw. Or, make it even easier and have the hardware store cut out the boards for you.
Step 2: Create a Pattern for Leg Openings
Make a pattern so that both legs are the same. Using a scrap cardboard, draw one half of the opening you want to get the legs.
To match mine, draw a half arch that is about 13 inches high on it and about 5 inches wide at the base.
Follow the pattern on each leg.
Step 3: Cut the Leg Openings
Using a jigsaw, carefully cut your mark path.
You can remove any imperfections now or wait until the bench is completely assembled.
Step 4: Assemble Each Leg
Lay the leg pieces as they come to the finished bench.
a. Add 4 pocket holes to one piece on each leg using the Kreg Jig or other pocket hole system, as shown below (and according to product instructions).
(It may be too much to add as much as we did, but we want it to be solid!)
b. Add a line of construction adhesive where the two pieces of the leg will be joined.
c. Clamp both sides of the leg.
d. Wipe any excess adhesive from the joints.
e. Drive the Kreg screws through the pocket holes.
Repeat the steps to make the other leg. (The same steps are repeated to make the chair and attach the legs to the chair: drill holes in the pocket, apply the adhesive, clamp, insert screws)
Step 5: Make the chair
Examine the tall boards and choose which surfaces are best for the top of the seat.
Turn the boards and drill pocket holes 6 inches apart according to the length of a board.
Apply the glue, clamp the boards, and insert the screws.
Step 6: Attach the Legs to the Servant
Measure and mark 7 inches from the top of the bottom of the seat on both the left and right sides.
Afterwards, with the pocket holes facing the inside, apply your legs using the same process: make pocket holes, add glue, clamp in place…
… And join the screws.
Step 7: Sand and Wait
Sand the entire bank as you like. Wait for the glue to dry before proceeding afterwards.
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Step 8: Choose your finish!
For our bench, I paired with chalk style paint that was a light gray.
I painted a coat, varying the thickness of the coat to create a suffering finish. In some places I paint with a light coat, in other places I use a drybrush method to lightly apply the paint to high areas of the wood.
Once the paint was dry, I wiped a small amount of wood stain that had changed all over the surface. It pulls out the wood grain, but also gives a little age to the paint color.
For this method, you don’t want to have a lot of stains on your paper towels, a little will go a long way! And rub it with a kind like a wax. You don’t want anything more to be left on top.
More finishing ideas: 5 Ways to Paint Wooden Furniture – How to Color Wash Unfinished Wood –
Step 9: Apply the Sealer
When your stain has dried, put a seal on the outside of the bank if you use it outdoors. If you intend to use it indoors, a water -based poly is fine.
Two to three coats of outer seal will ensure that your bank will last for years. Allow the sealer to dry completely and you’re done!
I love having my bench in my garden!
This makes for an inspiring place to sit, have a cup of coffee, and listen to the birds chirping. I think this quick wooden bench will fit right away!
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