Modern Farm Bench - New/Updated Pocket Hole Plan

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 10:04
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Yestereday, I promised you we'd get you new, updated plans to match the Modern Farm Table Updated Plans.

image from The Handcrafted Homestead

So you can get a complete modern farm dining set just in time for Turkey day!  All of course on a DIY budget!

Image from My Creative Life

Happy to do that for you today!!!

And I love this bench in the entryway too - built by JackKatie

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana

PS - If you don't have a pocket hole jig, the original plans for this bench can be found here.

Dimensions shown above - designed to fit inside the 72" long table


Shopping List

1- 1x6 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 5 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long (or stud length)
1-1/4" and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 - 1x6 @ 55"
1 - 1x4 @ 58"
2 - 2x4 @ 55" long
3 - 2x4 @ 11 1/2" long - recommend cutting to fit!
4 - 2x6 @ 18" long
2 - 2x4 @ 3 1/2" long - recommend cutting to fit!!!

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
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

First, build the seat bench. Make sure each board is flush to the top and the end notches will fit the 2x6 legs when you are done. I use a clamp on each and every joint as I attach the pocke thole screws.

Step 2

First, drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward in all of the frame boards for attaching the seat top. Then assemble the frame with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws, making sure those first 3/4" pocket holes are all hidden in the inside, and facing upward.

Then attach the seat top with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, edges flush to top, with exception of the center 1x4 board overextending.

Step 3

Build the leg sets - notice the end apron (2x4 @ 3-1/2" long) is not flush to the top of the leg to allow the seat top to extend over it. Then attach the entire leg set with glue and 2-1/2" screws (I'd just use pocket hole screws) from the inside to hide all screw holes.

And that's it!!!

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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