Big Ur Counter height bench

Submitted by dmcarwin on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 11:27

I have been wanting a bench for my counter for sooooo long! I loved the Big Ur bench and finally got up the nerve to adjust the plan to be a counter height bench.

Since I am so cheap, I like to collect wood from the free section on craigslist. And that is how this bench came about! I had these 4x4's (well actually they were a little small and had to adjust for that as well) And these great top boards, which were a little warped, I think it just adds a little character to the bench to not be totally perfect, like me! :) (that was a joke, I am FAR from perfect!)

I made it like the plan, and as you can see from the unfinished picture my little ones needed a stool to climb up on the bench. So I added some 1x2's to give them a ladder for climbing. I love how it turned out and the best part is that it fits at my table as well!

Now my husband thinks I should build a smaller one for the short side of the island. We have six kids and this bench only fits four....we'll see.....

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Free! Scrap wood
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Free wood!
Finish Used
I used one coat of Rustoleum dark walnut. I gave a few coats of water based poly and and at least three or four on the top.
Recommended Skill Level



Thu, 04/12/2012 - 08:56

The bench looks great. But I think you must be crazy!! SIX kids??!?!? I can barely handle ONE!

In reply to by Bunnie1978


Thu, 04/12/2012 - 13:12

Yeah, you could say I am crazy, in a good way! I do feel like a chicken with it's head cut off sometimes, but I am not sure I have a handle on things, does anyone? It's fun though! Thanks for the comment on the bench, and I am WAY impressed with your son's playhouse loft bed, I am still trying to find courage to tackle a project that impressive, great job!

Leslie Is Ready

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:44

You did an excellent job on this! I'd love to build something similar, but with upholstery on top.


BTW, I adore large families, and know that your six little ones must be a great blessing!

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