Benchright Farmhouse Bench

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About Project

Build your own Pottery Barn style furniture with these free easy plans. This farmhouse style bench is industrial chic with the addition of a metal bar. This free woodworking plan is easy to build, with step by step instructions, and you will only need simple basic tools, lumber like 2x4 boards, and pine boards. You can leave your pine furniture unfinished, or paint bench in any finish including a distressed or antiqued finish.

Well, I'm in the middle of at least one of those projects. You know the type - where every nail doesn't do what you say, every board is warped . . . and then the battery dies . . . and it's probably a good thing.  So I thought it might be a good time to post instead the Benchright Bench that matches the Benchright Farmhouse Table.

I kept the styling the same, and just like the table, you will be able to use a standard 60" iron pipe with threaded ends for the stretcher.  Absolutely cannot wait to see one of these benches made!
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

3 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

8 - 1x3 @ 17 1/2" (both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends are parallel to each other)
2 - 1x4 @ 13 1/2" (End Aprons)
2 - 1x3 @ 14 1/2" (Stretcher)
4 - 1x3 @ 8 1/2" (Spacer)
4 - 1x3 @ 2 7/8" (Longest Point, one end beveled at ten degrees off square)
2 - 2x4 @ 52 1/4" (Short Point to short point, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, NOT parallel to each other)
2 - 2x2 @ 64"
2 - 2x2 @ 13 1/2"
2 - 1x4 @ 16 1/2"
3 - 1x6 @ 57"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

The most difficult part of this bench is surely getting these legs built square. Make sure you take diagonals and check for square. Construct with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails. Keep your outside edges as flush as possible, to give the illusion of a solid wood leg. Work from the bottom upward.

Step 2

Work again from bottom upward and sandwich remaining leg pieces to the legs.

Step 3

Measure inside the aprons 3/4" and attach the 2x4 aprons as shown in diagram using 2 1/2" screws and wood glue. These are the main supports of the table.

Step 4

Now attach the 2x2 sides as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6

Breadboard ends - this should be cake at this point!

Step 7

Cut these to fit for the best fit.

Step 8

Shown with a 1" diameter 60" long iron pipe, like this one from Lowes.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.