Build a Kid's Country Bench

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/07/2010 - 22:05
Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

A cute bench that also stores! This simple easy to build bench incorporates traditional style with storage. Add a colorful cushion and give your children a reading space.

Photo by Jenny.

Since I have received quite a few emails requesting beginner projects, or first time projects, I wanted to post a children's bench, like this one from Land of Nod, something you can build with a jigsaw and a drill, something you can build with your kids, and give to your kids.

Something you can use for storage, put at the foot of a twin bed, or even use as a nightstand.

If you haven't build anything before, this is a project for you.  Plans follow.

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above. Composition is solid wood.

Preparation

Shopping List

Shopping List

1 – 1×12, 12′ Long
1 – 1×3, 8′ Long
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler

Tools

Jigsaw
Drill
Sander
Tape Measure
Square
Finishing Supplies

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

Cutting List

2 – 1×12 @ 29 3/4″ (Shelves)
1 – 1×12 @ 6″ (Divider)
2 – 1×12 @ 18 1/4″ (Sides)
1 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Top)
2 – 1×3 @ 36″ (Top Trim)

Tools
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection

Instructions

Step 1

Divider and Shelves. Begin by marking the shelves 14 1/2″ from each end, as shown above. This is the joint. Mark both sides so you also know where to fasten from. Then drill a pilot hole and fasten the divider to the shelves, as shown above. Check for square.

Step 2

Sides. Mark the sides as you did the shelves, on both the inside and the outside. Then fasten the shelves to the sides. Predrill and countersink your screws, as you did in step 1.

Step 3

Side Cutout. Use a round object to draw out your side cutouts and then use a jigsaw to carefully cutout the sides as shown above.

Step 4

Top. Mark the top 2 3/8″ in from either end and position on top of the bench. Fasten to the sides.

Step 5

Step 6

Finish. Fill any holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired.

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