Benchwright Farmhouse table and bench

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I started this Table and bench because, we have a one year old and we had a bar height table. Something a little shorter was needed, so I picked the Benchwright plans since they were most like our style. I used all white wood from Lowes and some pine 2x4's. Since the original plans made the table a little too large for our house I shortened the length on the table and bench by 15". This was the largest project I have done so far, but the plans are so easy to use, that the major time spent for me was getting the wood, and sanding and staining. I submitted the last picture here, because I originally picked out a Rust-oleum Sunbleached stain, or so it said. As you can see from the photo it just made everything grey, and was not the look I or my wife were looking for. I recommend very carefully picking a stain color out and testing it on similar wood before using it on your finished project. I spent two hours after this mistake sanding off the stain, and since it was grey it still shows through a lighter color. In the end we are both happy with the final product, and you don't learn until you try and mess-up a few times. I really had a lot of fun with this project, and can't wait for the next thing to build.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
White-wood, Pine 2x4's
Finish Used
Minwax-Ipswich Pine 221(two coats on table)(One coat on bench), Minwax-Bombay Mahogany Satin 380 (one coat left on for 15 mins on cross members)
Recommended Skill Level


Britterz (not verified)

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:43

Wow! Your table looks spectacular! Great job! I especially love that bench. I would like to build a bench to go with my benchright table. How did you do it?


Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:25

I dont see any screws on the ends of the planks into the top of the table.
Did you only screw up from the bottom? Did you do that on the plank ends

Thank you for the in process photos too. It really helps alot. Also helps to
see that everything doesnt have to match up perfect seam-wise. I get too used
to manufactured stuff...and forget how beautiful hand made items can be
simply because of their imperfections in the woods.

In reply to by dklunde


Wed, 06/06/2012 - 19:59

I used finish nails from the top into the structure, and then used wood filler to
Fill in the holes. The ends are only held on by the two bolts on the ends.

I appreciate the handmade quality of real wood furniture as well. Even when small mistakes are made here and there, the end result is something to be proud of.


Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:26

Sorry...just thought of another question.... Did you glue in between your planks?

In reply to by dklunde


Wed, 06/06/2012 - 20:10

I did glue between the planks and underneath, I figured anything to keep the boards closer together and fill in the gaps would help.

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