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Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

June 27, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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Free simple step by step project plans to do it yourself and build a x bench, inspired by Pottery Barn's Chesapeake Rectangle bench. Features modern or contemporary picnic table styling, these sturdy x benches are easy to build and stylish.

Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Remember Vanessa's Amazing X Table? 

Aren't we lucky to know such talented women! Thank you Ashley for the photos and giving us an opportunity to build your benches!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table
Dimensions: 
Please note that the length of this bench before purchasing cushions - it differs from Ashley's bench to fit under Vanessa's picnic table

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

6 - 1x3 @ 19 1/4" with both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends parallel to each other
6 - 1x3 @ 9 1/4" long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel to each other
6 - 1x3 @ 9 7/8" long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel to each other
6 - 2x2 @ 12 3/8" long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel to each other
2 - 2x4 @ 64"
1 - 2x6 @ 64"

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

Use the smaller leg pieces to guide you here . . . attach the two longer leg pieces with 1 1/4" fasteners and wood glue.

Step 2

Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

Fill in the spaces with the smaller leg pieces, using 1 1/4" fasteners and wood glue.

Step 3

Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

Attach top blocks with 2 1/2" screws and wood glue.

Step 4

Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

Attach the legs to the tabletop boards with 2 1/2" screws and wood glue.

Step 5

Ashley's X Bench for X Picnic Table

Attach stretchers as shown above. It is recommended at this step you use a Kreg Jig, with pocket holes placed on the underside, set for 1 1/2" stock.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Outdoor projects!

Hello Ana, I would like to know what type of wood you use for your outdoor projects. Thank you!

posted by AlexE (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-05-09 15:14

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