Beginner Farm Table Benches (2 Tools + $20 in Lumber)

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:15
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The easiest farmhouse dining benches you can make.  Only two tools, no Kreg Jig required.  Free plans from

Thank you for all the positive feedback on the Beginner Farm Table plans I posted earlier this week!

We love being able to get back to basics, and make woodworking as accessible to as many people as possible, with as few tools as possible.

As promised, you'll find the bench plans following.

The bench plans are just as beginner friendly. And of course, they are sturdy and perfectly sized for the dining table.

We used the same building techniques as the dining table, just screw this bench together -

And the same easy one step finish, Watco Danish Oil in Light Walnut.

And you can watch the video build tutorial too -

Enjoy, do share if you build, we love seeing your finished projects!

Have a great weekend,




Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1 - 2x6 @ 12 feet long (cut exactly in half)

3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length (will have a little extra if making two benches may be able to buy 5 instead of 6)

2-3/4" long self tapping wood screws

Wood glue

Watco Danish Oil

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 66" - long aprons

4 - 2x4 @ 16-1/2" - legs

4 - 2x4 @ 7-1/2" - end aprons and stretcher

1 - 2x4 @ 4-1/2" - middle

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw


Step 1

Screw the leg sets together using the 2-3/4" screws.  You can use a 1x piece of wood or 3/4" thick plywood to elevate the aprons/stretchers up 3/4" on the leg when attaching.

Step 2

Attach long aprons at top to legs.  

Step 3

Find center of bench and add the middle support. This keeps aprons from spreading and gives you something to attach seat boards to.

Step 4

Screw seat boards to bench.  About 1" overhang on ends and 1/4" overhang on side edges.


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