Sorry this is a bit late going up since I promised it yesterday, but here's the new addition to our dining room - a farmhouse bench! Can I just tell you how much I love this??? Good heavens, the amount of space it has opened up, even though its just visual space, is tremendous. Plus! Its super easy to make...and super cheap :)
My measurements are geared toward what I needed for my table, so you can take the plans and make yours higher, wider, smaller, etc. from there :) Since this table has a leaf in it already, and sometimes we take it out, and sometimes we add another, I needed to make the bench size perfect for all lengths the table could be. I made sure to measure what the table would be at its smallest, took a few inches off from there and used that as my measurement for the bench.
Here are the cuts and supplies you'll need:
- Two 2x6s -Cut to length of bench (61" for me)
- Two 1x4s -Cut to same length as above (61")
- Four 2x6s -Cut to 17" (Normal height of a bench is 18", I cut mine short 1 inch since the table was a little lower)
- Two 2x2s -Cut to width of two 2x6s together. Each 2x6 is really about 5.5 inches wide, so multiplied by two gives you 11 inches. Make sure you measure your 2x6 width though because some are off a little by a centimeter or so.
- Two 2x2s -Cut to 3.5 inches long.
- Wood glue
- 2 inch screws
- 1 1/4 inch screws
- Wood puddy
Next, measure from the top 1.5 inches, or just put a piece of 2x6 or 2x4 flush along the top edge for the measurement. Place one of the 2x2s cut to 11 inches underneath the 2x4/2x6. Draw a line to make sure you keep it in place when you start drilling. Also, you want the 2x2 to sit about 3/4 of an inch inside the two side edges. I used a 1x4, put it flush against the long edge and drew a line down intersecting the previous line. Then I just made sure to keep the 2x2 right in the intersection of the two lines. Does this make since?? lol
Now do this whole process again with the other like size pieces of wood.
Place one of the complete pieces you did in the previous step on top of one of the edges of the 2x6s, as shown above. Wood glue together.
Then drill your holes and screw into place. Do this to the other side.
Once I was done and sat on it, one of the legs felt a little wobbly, I looked at the wood and noticed it was a little bit warped. This may happen to you. I was able to fix it with sending a screw through the outside edge of the 2x6 leg into the 2x2 underneath. This stopped the wobbliness. Just make sure to countersink your screw so its hidden!
Next, use your wood puddy to fill in all the holes and cracks you wish to conceal.
I know I have said time and time again how much I want to make another table, mainly because the brown of this table was just to heavy for me, but now with the bench here, it helps with the lightening of the space; so I can probably hold off a little bit on the table for now :)
But! I'm crossing my fingers, cuz a new table is in my near future which I am sooo excited for :) This time, its an patio table. Which means, we are finally getting our patio done! Woohoo! lol. Its been 3 years in the making. I've been living with a big rectangle of mud, dirt and weeds outside my backdoor and I can finally see the end :) Finally.
Oh, and the cost of this bench for me was the cost of two 2x6s which is about $9. If you need all the wood, you would just use two 2x6s, two 1x4s, one 2x2. So about $15.