This bench is a shorter version of the farmhouse bench to go with our existing table. It measures 45" long, 14" wide, and 18" high. I used the leftover wood from building our Farmhouse bed so it cost next to nothing. I used leftover 1x4's for the seat and leftover 1x6 for the breadboard ends. I didn't have enough 2x4's to make the 4x4 legs, but decided that the bench was sturdy enough as is. I used my Kreg jig, so I did not notch out the legs as the plan resulting in 9" stretchers and aprons. I did add an extra 2x4 to the inside of the leg piece to add stability and a surface to screw the top to.
Built from Plan(s)
I only had to buy screws for this bench as it was all left over from our farmhouse bed and the finish was from the county recycle center so I only paid about $8 for the whole project.
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine and Douglas Fir
I started out with Minwax poly shade in antique oak, but this wasn't dark enough. I used one coat Minwax Jacobean and one coat Minwax express mahogany to get the desired color to match existing chairs. I finished it off with two coats of Minwax Wipe-on poly.
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