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How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

Although we are lucky enough to have a separate “formal” dining room, we are not exactly formal people. So when it came time to tackle the dining room project, we knew we wanted to create a space that was as laid-back and relaxed as possible. One idea that I came up with to accomplish that atmosphere was to replace two of the dining chairs with a simple farmhouse bench. Three adults or four children can sit on the bench easily, which makes it perfect for large family gatherings.

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

Creating the bench was one of the quickest and easiest builds we’ve ever done. It’s a great beginner project, and a perfect opportunity to involve a junior helper. Read on for the full tutorial or you can purchase a printable version of the plans below!

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

Click here for the Farmhouse Bench Building Plans

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench

Dimensions: 14  x  56  x  18″

Approximate Time: 3 hours

Supplies Needed

Approx. Materials Cost: Less than $200 (legs cost $160)

Tools Used

Cut List

  • 2– 2×8 @ 56″ ripped to 7″ (⅛” off each side to square) (top)
  • 2– 2×4 @ 46″ ripped to 2 ½” (½” off each side to square )(side top support )
  • 2– 2×4 @ 6 ½” ripped to 2 ½” (½” off each side to square )(front and back top support )
  • Trim legs to 16 ½”

Instructions

Step 1

Rip down each side of your 2x8x10 and 2x4x10 with your table saw as directed in cut list to create a straight edge. Make all of your cuts to length with your compound miter saw, referencing the cut list.

Step 2

Drill all of your pocket holes.

  • 2 @ each end of 2 ½ x 46″ and 2 ½ x 6 ½” boards
  • alternating pocket holes on bench top (or, alternately, use a biscuit joiner)

Step 3

Take your two 56″ boards and apply wood glue to the intended seam. Join boards with your pocket hole screws. Allow glue to dry.

Alternate method: We chose to use a biscuit joiner on the bench top, to allow for expansion and contraction.

Step 4

Take two of your short end pieces, and attach to legs with 1 ½” pocket hole screws. We inset from the front of the legs by ½”. Clamps may be helpful, since the legs will not be completely secure until the top is attached firmly. If you wish, you may use a nail gun to secure legs to center support. 

Step 5

Take two of your long front and back pieces, and attach to legs with screws. Again, inset by ½”. You should now have a complete base. If you wish, you may use a nail gun to further secure legs to rails.

Step 6

Once the top has dried completely, sand smooth with 120-grit sandpaper. Round off the edges if you choose.

Step 7

Lay the bench top upside-down. Flip the base upside-down also, and center it in both directions. Join base to top with pocket hole screws using the pre-drilled holes.

Finish

I painted the bench with two coats of Folk Art Chalk Paint in White Adirondack, sanding lightly between coats. After, I gave it a top coat of Satin Polycrylic to give it more durability. I normally love to stain the top and just paint the legs on projects like this, but I really wanted to break up the wood of our dining set.

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

What do you think of our new casual seating? I think it’s the perfect solution for a family-focused gathering space. I’d love to hear from you, and whether you’re planning to build this!

Room Sources:

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

Click here for the Farmhouse Bench Building Plans


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How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

4 Comments

  1. Hattie Gonzalez Says

    This turned out amazing! I absolutely love benches in our dining room. It creates a relaxed atmosphere for the family dinners and gatherings. Ours are getting a little worn down from the hundreds of meals had on them so I’m definitely going to get my husband on these guys! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Nina Says

      Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Hattie!

  2. Dina Araujo Says

    I just found you through justagirlandherblog, where can I find the chalk board pictured in your dining room?

    1. Nina Says

      Post author

      Hi, Dina! So glad you stopped by :) It was a DIY many years back. This one (affiliate link) is very similar, though!