Fancy X Farmhouse Bench

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Author Notes: 

Happy Monday!

Here's hoping you had an awesome weekend! And especially hoping you were able to fit some DIY time in!

I'm not going to ask you if you remember when my friend Whitney built this DIY fancy X table from plans we worked on together.

How could anyone ever forget such a beautiful table?

Well, with all the love you gave it (you are awesome, thank you!) we had to put bench plans to match together for you too!

I just love love love this bench!

And even if you don't need a table, the bench is beautiful on it's own too!

Here's from Whitney:

I was so excited to finally tackle the benches for the outdoor table. It's been well over 100 degrees here for a long time, and I had no desire to even walk outside! The temperature dropped, and I immediately told Ana I was ready. She delivered and I LOVE them! The style is a perfect compliment to the already awesome table. I built both in about 3 hours and stained them the next day. Total cost... $35 a bench! Wahoo! Thanks so much Ana!

$35 and 3 hours and you could have yourself a new Fancy X Bench! This is why I love DIY!

And you can get what you want too! For this plan, we choose to build the benches just a tad short of the table so they slide underneath. But you can also build the benches the full table length as well - I've included notes in the plan to help you easily adjust this plan to fit!

But before we get to this plan, please stop over and say hi to Whitney at Shanty2Chic and see tons more photos, including building photos! AND get the scoop on her beautiful finish!

Shopping List: 

3 – 2x6 @ 6 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 3 feet long
3 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long

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

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
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!

Dimensions shown above.
Cut List: 

3 – 2x4 @ 11 ¼”
12 – 2x2 @ 6” (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, NOT parallel)
6 – 1x2 @ 13 ½”
8 – 2x2 @ 16 ½” (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel)
6 – 1x2 @ 2 ½”

2 – 1x3 @ 26 ¼”
3 – 2x6 @ 63”

2 – 1x3 @ 34 1/2” (this puts the bench legs to the outside of the table legs just slightly to allow the benches to slide in somewhat)
3 – 2x6 @ 96”

Step 1: 

Build legs first, starting at inside and working outward. Once you have one built, use it as a pattern for the other legs.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Attach stretchers with 1 1/4" PH screws and wood glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Add seat boards as shown in diagram.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Add bottom decorative supports centered between legs. for an additional decorative touch.

For added support, you could also run cross braces from the center support to each leg - not essential for the shorter bench, but a possible consideration for the longer bench.

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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Love this bench design! The Hubs and I just built an outdoor table from some old interlocking boards and two of these benches are just what it needs! :)

I just finished 1 of the 3 projects I'm building... so there's an opening! LOL!

I might try building this with some sort of backrest and a few seat cushions and use it with the Fancy X computer table I just built. that way we can both work at the desk without having to try jamming chairs in there.

great job!!!

I LOVED this table when I saw it on pinterest. I sent the link to my daddy and asked him if we could make it soon. Couple weeks go by, we move into our new house with an empty dining room. We planned a housewarming party and planned to use the living room and kitchen area.
Dad got to the house before us and when my husband and I drove up with our kiddos, I saw it. The most beautiful handmade piece I had ever seen. My dad had made it for me right before he came over. He said it was easy, cheap ($50 + $13 for stain), and took about an hour and a half. I was elated. The kids and I went to work with a hammer and screwdrivers and anything else we could find to bang it with. I dressed up the rustic table with parson chairs from pottery barn and lace doily table runners and big tall glass hurricane vases. Amazing. I can't WAIT to try the fancy x desk all on my own!

I ran across this site randomly today. I love it!! So many great ideas and I love that the furniture is made to last. I already have a long list furniture I want to get started on. Ana White, I like your style!

Just wanted to drop a quick note and a quick thank you! I had a co-worker ask me if I would build this bench for her dining room set. I finally got around to it, and it came out great! So great I am now building a few more for me and some friends. And all this from carefully selected home depot wood....wish I could find elsewhere to buy quality wood :(

I modified some stuff and added a few steps:
1. Instead of 2x2x8 I bought 2x4x8 KD studs and cut down to match the size of the 1x2 pine boards. The 2x2 comes out much cleaner looking this way and not so ragged as the store bought 2x2 looked.
2. On the 2x4 uprights I trimmed the rounded edges off so that the 2x2 angle pieces sat "square" against them and did not leave a gap between the rounded outer edge of the 2x4 and the flat surface of the 2x2
3. Set up a jig to cut all the 2x2's!!! So important!!!
4. Painted the bottom and made some distressing marks on the boards and the edges of the bottoms (painted, sanded some edges, used minwax marker to darken)

How do I upload pictures?

Thank you again!

Hi Ana, great bench! I'm building the Shanty sisters' most recent dining table ( and would like to build this bench to go with it. Since the table will end up being around 87", I think I'd like to modify the bench top to be 83" so it is closer to the length of the table top with a couple of inches at each end. How do I figure out the cuts for the two 1x3 cuts? I think the 3-2x6 cuts will be @ 83", I just can't figure out where to make the 2-1x3 cuts. Thank you in advance!