Providence Bench

Submitted by wahome on Sun, 04/26/2015 - 16:05

This bench is just perfect for the front porch. I have built several for friends and family. The plans are easy to follow. I wait until the end to cut the angled 45 pieces to be cut to fit exactly. Also filling the pocket holes on the legs and sanding prior to attaching the stretchers has saved me some frustration in finishing. I prefer the minwax jacobean finish with a minwax polycrylic in satin. I use any exterior flat with the same poly on top. I don't like the look of filling the pocket holes on the 45's so I try to place those on each end, countersinking my screws. Can be challenging to get screws in that way, but it looks better in the end. These are very sturdy and easy support 2-3 adults for seating.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$15
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Kiln dried 2x4
Finish Used
Minwax prestain wood conditioner, Minwax stain in Jacobean with 2-3 coats of minwax satin polycrylic, using ultra fine sand papers in between coats. Base is white exterior paint with polycrylic on top.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner