One of my favorite furniture projects to date has been the farmhouse style dining table we created that mimics an Anthropologie table. We’ve had so many compliments on how it turned out, and we know it’s something we’re going to keep for many, many years to come. When we first built the table, we mentioned that we’d love to do a matching bench on one side for extra seating. You may have heard me talk in previous posts about not having enough seating in our apartment, so you might have guessed that we haven’t moved too quickly on getting a matching bench made. After the dining table, we needed a long break from large woodworking projects, and never got around to the bench.
Then, one day my husband came home with a leg for the bench that he made with scrap wood at his workshop, and that was the start to finally creating it! It took quite a few weeks to put together completely (mostly because he decided to make finger joints to connect to scrap pieces of 2×10’s together), but we finally have something we can sit on! This is part one of the tutorial for the bench because we still need to finish it with sanding and staining before it’s a complete project. I’m hoping to complete and share the full project with you next week!
Each leg was created with the same style as the table legs. 2×4’s were connected to diagonal pieces that rested up to what would become the inner top and bottom peices. Then the inner top and bottom pieces (1×4’s) were screwed through to connect to the two vertical 2×4’s (which are pushed together). Then another 2×4 with angled cuts was added to the top and bottom followed by a third layer that is cut at a regular 90 degree angle.
Then each of the legs is were connected by two 2×4’s running horizontally between the two legs. The two 2×4’s were first connected to each other with diagonal pieces cut at 45 degree angles and attached with a Kreg-Jig joint. Then the joined 2×4’s were connected to the legs with another Kreg-Jig joint.
Finally the top piece (4 foot long 2×10) was attached to the horizontal pieces with a Kreg-Jig joint, as well as screws going directly from the top piece into the legs. This last part of putting screws from the top to the legs was critical for making sure the top piece was flattened out and fastened to the legs tightly.
We’re going to be routering the edge of the top piece and staining in the next steps of the bench to finish it off! I can’t wait to share the finished project with you all!