My first woodworking project - 5 Board Bench

Submitted by krisque on Sun, 08/09/2015 - 17:53

This was my first project so I picked one from the starter section.  My fiance helped me to get familiar with the tools and learn to make the cuts.  I am hooked.  My goal is to learn well enough to get to the point where I can build built ins to make the most out of the small space in our home and maximize it. Since we started late in the day and it's Sunday, I will putty, sand and paint it next weekend.  Gives me an excuse to go to Home Depot for materials for my next project wink We made some modifications though, we subbed 2x12 for 1x12 and 1x6 for 1x4.  I wanted a thicker seat, and the local Home Depot was out of 1X4's.  We had 1x8's but instead of ripping them in half we just made the jigsaw cuts a little deeper.  We also used the 2x12 for the legs so those were a little thicker and sturdier.  We'll likely make another and an outdoor table eventually.  Thank you for a wonderful site!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
I can't remember, we bought the materials some time ago and I have been wanting to do this for so long but kept procrastinating.
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Treated pine
Finish Used
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Mon, 08/10/2015 - 05:45

Congrats on your first project.  Good job!  Wood working can become a little addicting.  I really didn't get into it until I discovered Ana's site and now I  am hooked.  Have fun!

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