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Farmhouse Bench

January 5, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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To match our Farmhouse Table. This farmhouse bench is easy to build and is rustic and substantial.

Farmhouse Bench

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Farmhouse Bench
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

4 – 2x4s, stud length of 8 foot length
2 – 1x4s, 8 foot length
1 – 1×2, 8 foot length
2 1/2″ screws
2″ screws
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 – 2x4s @ 16 1/2″ (Legs)
2 – 1×4 @ 2 1/4″ (Spacers)
2 – 1×4 @ 6″ (End Aprons)
2 – 2×4 @ 12″ (Stretchers)
2 – 1×4 @ 61″ (Side Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 9 1/2″ (Inner Aprons)
5 – 1×2 @ 9 1/2″ (Supports)
4 – 2×4 @ 65″ (Bench Seat Boards)
2 – 1×4 @ 14″ (Breadboard Ends)

General Instructions

The Farmhouse Bench is designed to work with this Farmhouse Table, but there is no reason you could not modify the dimensions or use it as a coffee table or outdoor bench. If you plan to build the Farmhouse Table, starting with the bench will give you a chance to test out your skills on a smaller version.

For those of you who have a pocket hole system, you can use the pocket holes to build your bench seat separate. You can also fasten your aprons directly to the legs without spacers.

Step 1

Farmhouse Bench

Legs

The notches and stretchers on the legs is optional. Notch out your legs (for full instructions see the Farmhouse Table post) and laminate your legs together in pairs of 2 with glue and 2 1/2″ screws. Then take note of the placement of the spacers and attach to the insides of the legs. This will differ depending on the leg. Attach with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 2

Farmhouse Bench

End Aprons

Attach end aprons to the spacers as shown above. Use glue and 2″ screws.

Step 3

Farmhouse Bench

Stretcher

The stretcher gets attached in the same method. Screws and glue.

Step 4

Farmhouse Bench

Bench Frame

Build the bench frame, keeping the 1×2 supports flush to the top. Easy method is to flip it all over and keep the supports flush to the bottom :)

Step 5

Farmhouse Bench

Attaching Legs

Screw bench frame to legs with glue and 2 1/2″ screws.

Step 6

Farmhouse Bench

Seat Boards

Find the center of the supports and begin attaching seat boards from the underside. Work with the boards to minimize gaps as you go. Attach all seat boards. If you have a pocket hole system, you would build your bench seat separate, and then attach.

Step 7

Farmhouse Bench

Breadboard Ends

If you have a pocket hole system, you would attach the breadboard ends directly to the seat boards in step 6. Otherwise, attach to leg bases.

Step 8

Finishing

If you are staining, be very careful to not let glue dry on the project, as these areas will not take stain. Fill holes with wood filler, sand and paint or stain as desired.

Finishing Instructions

One of the early plans that I posted was my Farmhouse Table.  I've since down sized to the Round X Base Table (tiny dining space) but the Farmhouse Table still gets more use in my home than any other work surface, with the exception of my desk.  It's now my beloved workbench that I build furniture on on a pretty much daily basis.  I cannot wait to show you my next project . . .  :)

And even after all this time, I'm still thrilled with the design.  While I can't think of a better and sturdier spot to build furniture, it's also stunningly beautiful in it's simplicity.  We love Farmhouse Tables because they are warm and rustic, and require hearty meals and heartfelt conversations.

There have been so many beautiful Farmhouse Tables built, but today, I am featuring Jackie's and Kristen's because of their matching benches.  Today's plan is for the Farmhouse Bench to match our tables.  You can read more about Jackie's gorgeous dining room with Farmhouse Table and Bench here. Lots more eye candy, you must check it out.

And from Kristen.  From my blogging experience, I now walk around in awe, humbled by the amazingness of people. There are so many talented people out there, and I am just so grateful to be inspired by them.  By you.

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AH... This just got pushed

AH... This just got pushed way up! I must go scrounge around for a few more 2x4's! I can't wait to do this!!!

posted by Whitney_Smith (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 05:53

I did this project too and it

I did this project too and it looks amazing. Whenever I will want to decorate rooms I will visit your site. Your ideas are great.

posted by nicolae | on Sun, 2013-03-10 15:13

I have been anxiously

I have been anxiously awaiting for this. I love it! Can't wait to get started on it.....I have some spare time tonight. :) Awesome.

posted by Kim (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 06:28

perfect! now i know what is

perfect! now i know what is going to replace these chairs that have taken years of (ab)use and are falling apart! love this, thanks again!

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 07:11

I'm confused how you would

I'm confused how you would build the bench seat seperate and then attach with a pocket hole system. Would you attach the supports to the seat boards ahead of time with pocketholes? Then how do you attach to the frame?

It might be too early in the morning for me to be looking at furniture plans...

posted by Julie (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 09:35

I don't think that you can

I don't think that you can use the 'stud' length 2x4s for this project. They are 92 5/8" long and you require 65" for the bench top, 16 1/2" for the legs (4 of each) and 2 pieces @ 12" for the stretchers. That totals 93 1/2" without any allowance for the saw blade or squaring the ends. You will either need to use 96" lengths or add a extra 'stud'.

Also, the link for notching out the legs is gone. The table instructions state to go to the 'how-to' section, but that no longer exists on your new site layout (that I could find).

Love the projects ... the bench is less than $15 to make!

posted by Jason (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 10:10

@Jason >Love the projects

@Jason

>Love the projects ... the bench is less than $15 to make!

Hi, interesting comment, is there anyway you can justify that it is less than $15 to make? i.e. links, cost breakdowns, etc.

If it's true that you can buy all of that timber for under $15 then there is something seriously wrong with the hardware and timber trade where I live and I would love to take some evidence of price gouging (i.e. a comparison to your BOM) to the ombudsman.

If any one else has a comment regarding the costing of this project I would appreciate it.

The best I can come up with (just for the wood) is:

Qty dimension dimension cost total
imperial metric plm cost

4 2"x4"x8' 45x90x2400 2.92 $28.03
2 1"x4"x8' 35x90x2400 2.5 $12.00
1 1"x2"x8' 35x45x2400 2.9 $6.97

$47.00
(source: http://buybuildingsupplies.com.au/timber-general-pine-radiata-c-70_2825_...)

Great project BTW!

Cheers,
Gary

posted by Gary (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-11-17 19:17

I am totally going to build

I am totally going to build that bench to go with my table! thanks for the plans!

posted by Leanne (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 10:16

Both tables look amazing!

Both tables look amazing! Great job Kristen & Jackie....what an inspiration!

posted by Darren (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 10:19

I look forward to checking

I look forward to checking your blog everyday! To find my bench and table featured seriously made my day! Thanks Ana!!

posted by Jackie Solomon (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-01-05 12:03

It also looks like the

It also looks like the Breadboard ends are listed on the cut list as being from the wrong dimensional lumber - they should be from 2x4 stock, not the 1x4.

posted by Jason (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-01-06 08:40

I don't think there are

I don't think there are enough legs listed on the cut list - it should be 8 pieces @ 16 1/2"

posted by Jason (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-01-06 09:51

Bench Legs

Yeah, there aren't enough bench legs. I just got done notching legs for 2 benches and realized I only have enough for 1 bench...

posted by Brandi (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-11-21 11:26

I was wondering if this bench

I was wondering if this bench can be made with storage space for placemats?

posted by Claudia (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-01-06 10:45

i really want to start this

i really want to start this project, but i live in a smaller house that will not fit this size table in my home, so im going to have to improvise a little to make it smaller! i will probably do this in a few weeks!

posted by hippynelli84 (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-07 07:37

If you google "how to notch

If you google "how to notch boards" you will find her how to video.

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-15 20:40

That whole room is gorgeous

That whole room is gorgeous from ceiling to floor and everything in between!

posted by Jody (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-01-23 21:08

Finished! I sized mine down

Finished! I sized mine down to 4 foot. Thanks Ana!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Zu7wg8wgXEI/TT7eNX8iWGI/AAAAAAAAACo/FR8iUYb-A7U/s1600/DSCF3048.JPG

posted by Whitney Smith (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-25 07:39

Hum... the photo didn't

Hum... the photo didn't work... lets try again.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t190/bwsmith03/ef578c18.jpg

posted by Whitney Smith (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-25 07:42

Oh whatever, you get the

Oh whatever, you get the idea. Click on the link! LOL

posted by Whitney Smith (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-25 07:44

Ana and all, What type of

Ana and all,
What type of wood is everyone making these benches and farmhouse tables out of? Any recommendations? I'm not sure I'll have much more than pine at my disposal but I thought I would at least ask.
thanks

posted by Craig (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-29 14:59

I just finished the build of

I just finished the build of my bench last night. I still need to sand and finish it. It's awesome. Really nice and sturdy, and it was only an evening project to get it built.

Jason already noted a couple of the corrections, but I thought I'd compile them into a single note here based on my experience last night.

* First of all, you're going to need another 8' 2x4. There are a couple of errors in the cut list requiring additional 2x4 stock.

* The first two cut list items (Legs & Spacers) need doubled. As shown it only gets you two legs since each leg is actually made of two piece glued together.

* The Breadboard Ends should actually be 2x4 not 1x4 so that they match up with the Bench Seat Board thickness.

* The notch video is here - http://ana-white.com/2009/11/how-to-notch-out-boards.html

The is a great and easy project and easy to modify to fit your particular space. Have fun. Hope these tips help.http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs068.snc6/167894_491619151845_659841845_6633367_1224803_n.jpg

posted by Don (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-02-02 08:19
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Thank you so much, Don! We

Thank you so much, Don! We were scratching our heads wondering when it came to the table legs. Good job on the bench, btw.

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posted by kyo | on Tue, 2011-03-22 16:14

Whitney, I'm so glad you

Whitney, I'm so glad you up-loaded your photo. I really like the way you finished it. I think I want mine the same. Thanks for the picture.

posted by ChristyIreland (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-02-11 13:26

What stain did you use? I

What stain did you use? I keep getting drawn back to the color! Looks great!

posted by Stevi (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-02-16 11:00

Is there any way to find out

Is there any way to find out what stain Kristen used on her bench and table? I love the color!

posted by britcollins (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-02-23 12:26

On Kristen's blog she said

On Kristen's blog she said she used a "gel stain by Varathane called Early American and two coats of wipe on high gloss polyurethane on the rest of the table and bench (not the top). "

posted by Jaimi (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-03-01 09:56

Can you tell me where you got

Can you tell me where you got the black and white chairs? They're beautiful!

posted by jenny dunne (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-03-02 16:05

I used minwax gel stain in

I used minwax gel stain in Hickory. The chairs were clearance from Pier1 last summer.

posted by Kristen (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-03-06 17:35

Thanks for the help!

Thanks for the help!

posted by britcollins (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-03-07 12:57

Thanks! Your table and chairs

Thanks! Your table and chairs look great!

posted by britcollins (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-03-07 12:58

My husband finished building

My husband finished building this bench the other night fairly quickly. This was our first project of this sort and it took him about 2 hours and we followed the changes to the plans that Don listed above.
Another change that we made was that we built the top of the bench out of all 1x4's and the frame and supports out of all 2x4's therefore eliminating the need for the 1x2's.
This change made the frame more sturdy, but required a couple more 1x4's to cover the top. We also made our bench about 4 feet instead of the full size like Ana's.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PCAG6ujD9-g/TXe_rPV3Y7I/AAAAAAAAArU/AWqUG0v5qqM/s1600

posted by Jaimi (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-03-09 11:34

photo

Super cute :) I've got all the materials to do 2 for my table, now to get to work on them :)

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-04-05 21:00

What about those gorgeous

What about those gorgeous lights?

posted by shay (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-03-10 19:21

Over a year later...

Sorry I was just looking for plans and came to see my bench :)

The lights are from Pottery Barn.

posted by Kristen umansky (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-12-26 16:04
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I started!

Ive had the lumber for a while, just cut all of it - first time using a miter saw - still got all my fingers lol.

Something weird though, we have a 12" saw and when i lined up the wood to the fence the blade wouldnt cut through the wood all the way? So i had to move it up a couple inches and fear a kick back to get a clean cut.
Edit: Made some major mistakes but thats what i expected for my first project. Waiting on a sander because the belt sander just has too much kick me. Need to pick up more screws too.

posted by emmarosemc | on Mon, 2011-04-18 15:57
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Finally a table I can make and be proud of!!

Received a second hand table when we got married almost seven years ago.  It *finally* fell apart.  Started shopping for a new table but just couldn't spend many hundreds of dollars for fake wood laminate.  Hubby bought a cheap table for 175$ second-hand.  I hate it, its so ugly lol.  I think I'm going to attempt this one, with a bench, then attempt to make 2-4 chairs using this site's plan (parson or the simple chair?  not sure yet).  Can't wait to have a little time off work and some sunshine :) 

Thanks Ana for all your work!  Much appreciated!

posted by cannelle9 | on Thu, 2011-04-21 23:09
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Would love to add a back?!?!

Hey all...I love the simple Farmhouse bench...but would really like to see plans for one with a slightly slanted back to it. Anyone out there have some suggestions?

posted by tashacordel | on Thu, 2012-01-05 10:43

farmhouse table - plans?

hello,

i am soo inspired by the bench and would love to build the table and bench together but can't seem to find the plans for this specific table? can you please help ?!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-30 22:16

farmhouse table

Here is the link to the Farmhouse table. :)

http://ana-white.com/2009/12/plans-farmhouse-table-knock-off-of.html

posted by JlWhall (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-01 13:11

Hi. Does anyone have any

Hi. Does anyone have any ideas to keep food and crumbs from eventually packing down in between the boards on top?

posted by Tabatha (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-04-28 07:54

Can anyone help?

I made the farmbench and LOVE it!! But when I attach the top seat to the base (which is sturdy alone) One leg comes up and the bench rocks back and forth...any ideas of how to fix it???

posted by Jenny Klein (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-05-13 22:30
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You may need to add a spacer

You may need to add a spacer between one set of legs (on one of the (2)2x4's that are 16.5" long. I've used paint stirrers to gap boards, when in a pinch.
Matt

posted by 4U2C | on Wed, 2012-08-22 11:28

FarmHouse Bench

I don't get it, If the Bench Seat Boards are 2"X4" and the Breadboard ends are 1"X4" then after you got it all together won't the 2'X4"s (Bench Seat Boards) be sitting higher than the 1"X4" (Bread Board ends)? Can Someone please explain this for me?

posted by John, mcleight21 (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-06-23 00:32
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You are correct

I think that must've been a typo. From the looks of it, the breadboard ends in the sketchup and in the photo are 2x4s.

Gina - Lady Goats
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posted by Lady Goats | on Sat, 2012-06-23 14:29

FarmHouse Bench

I thought so, Thanks Lady Goats.

posted by John, mcleight21 (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-06-24 00:18

The bread boards are wrong.

The bread boards are wrong. You have to use 2 x 4's not 1 x 4's. The cut list is also wrong. For the legs you need to double that. I also bought 6 2 x 4's.

posted by Chad (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-29 19:53

Farmhouse Bench

I made a Farmhouse table but counterheight, do you think I could make this bench counterheight as well?
Thank You

posted by Becky Cornwall (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-11 12:42

Farmhouse Bench

I made a Farmhouse table but counterheight, do you think I could make this bench counterheight as well?
Thank You

posted by BeckyC (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-11 12:44

Thank you Ana!!

I just finished building this bench, but I made a few modifications to the plans. For the breadboard ends I used 2x8s instead of the 2x4s. I also left off the spacers and end aprons between the legs and added another 2x4 stretcher on the top of the legs to give the breadboard ends more support. I had to adjust the length of the seat boards in order to keep the length the same. I used 2x4s for the end aprons on the bench frame, and 2x2s for the seat supports. I used a table saw to notch out the legs for the stretchers and they turned out great after using a chisel smooth the grooves. I also used a round-over bit and routed the entire outside edge and around the feet to avoid splintering. A few passes with 80 and 220 grit, and a couple coats of stain and polyurethane and it looks great. Thank you Ana for such a great plan. I really like your work and look forward to using more of your plans in the future.

posted by ShaunB (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-10-14 00:58

8' bench to match

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to make this into an 8' bench. Would this need more center support if made that long? Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

posted by Guest13 (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-10-27 07:29

Bench witha back rest

Does anyone know if there are plans online for the same bench but with a back rest. I have kids and would like to know they are going to fall back.

Thanks

posted by Brian Palacios (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-18 11:15
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Finishing what hubby started.

My husband built us a beautiful 8 seater teak table but has yet to even start the chairs, that was 2 years ago. I am going to make this bench as a surprise, hope it goes well. Thanks for the plan :)

posted by Mamanola | on Sun, 2013-03-10 06:25

Are the plans correct now?

After reading all the comments I realize that I might have purchased the wrong lumber now. Unless Ana updated the plans after the comments had all been made.
I am wondering, though, also about sanding and finishing. Did everyone use a power sander to make the 2x4s as smooth as possible on top or did you mostly leave it kind of rough? I'm not sure what to do. Thanks.

posted by Allen Lulu | on Wed, 2013-05-08 21:04

Just built this beautiful bench... here are some tips

This is a beautiful bench and not difficult to build. I want to provide some useful tips for anyone wanting to build it too.

1) Corrections to plans - See comment by Don on 2/2/2011.

2) Take care to make sure everything is square when building the bench frame in step 4. the 9 1/2" end pieces must be vertical in order to properly attach to the legs in step 5. This will ensure the bench legs and seat are at a 90 degree angle. If the the 9 1/2" end pieces are not vertical you can use washers as spacers when completing step 5. Placing a washer between the 9 1/2" end piece and the legs will allow you to correct the angle error if it is not 90 degrees. (place screw through the washer)

3) When attaching the breadboards to the legs I noticed there wasn't much space left on the top of the legs to anchor the breadboard securely. I would recommend cutting the bench seat boards to 64" instead of 65"; this will provide a 1/2" more anchor space on each leg to be used for the breadboard. A 64" cut on the bench seat boards will still be long enough to be properly supported by the legs.

4) Wait to cut the 12" strechers until you have completed step 2. There could be some variation in the actual length needed due to variations in steps 1 & 2.

posted by DJR | on Sun, 2013-08-18 08:23

Love this bench!

I love this design to go with the table....I made a few variations...I switched most of the 1x4 to 2x4s....made the bench more sturdy

posted by jrowell2323 | on Tue, 2014-01-14 15:28

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