Fancy X Farmhouse Bench

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Good luck building! We can't wait to see your pictures!!!!

Happy Monday!

Here's hoping you had an awesome weekend! And especially hoping you were able to fit some DIY time in!

I'm not going to ask you if you remember when my friend Whitney built this DIY fancy X table from plans we worked on together.

How could anyone ever forget such a beautiful table?

Well, with all the love you gave it (you are awesome, thank you!) we had to put bench plans to match together for you too!

I just love love love this bench!

And even if you don't need a table, the bench is beautiful on it's own too!

Here's from Whitney:

I was so excited to finally tackle the benches for the outdoor table. It's been well over 100 degrees here for a long time, and I had no desire to even walk outside! The temperature dropped, and I immediately told Ana I was ready. She delivered and I LOVE them! The style is a perfect compliment to the already awesome table. I built both in about 3 hours and stained them the next day. Total cost... $35 a bench! Wahoo! Thanks so much Ana!

$35 and 3 hours and you could have yourself a new Fancy X Bench! This is why I love DIY!

And you can get what you want too! For this plan, we choose to build the benches just a tad short of the table so they slide underneath. But you can also build the benches the full table length as well - I've included notes in the plan to help you easily adjust this plan to fit!

But before we get to this plan, please stop over and say hi to Whitney at Shanty2Chic and see tons more photos, including building photos! AND get the scoop on her beautiful finish!

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

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

3 – 2x6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 3 feet long
3 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long

Cut List

3 – 2x4 @ 11 ¼”
12 – 2x2 @ 6” (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, NOT parallel)
6 – 1x2 @ 13 ½”
8 – 2x2 @ 16 ½” (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel)
6 – 1x2 @ 2 ½”

2 – 1x3 @ 26 ¼”
3 – 2x6 @ 63”

2 – 1x3 @ 34 1/2” (this puts the bench legs to the outside of the table legs just slightly to allow the benches to slide in somewhat)
3 – 2x6 @ 96”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
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

Build legs first, starting at inside and working outward. Once you have one built, use it as a pattern for the other legs.

Step 2

Attach stretchers with 1 1/4" PH screws and wood glue.

Step 3

Add seat boards as shown in diagram.

Step 4

Add bottom decorative supports centered between legs. for an additional decorative touch.

For added support, you could also run cross braces from the center support to each leg - not essential for the shorter bench, but a possible consideration for the longer bench.

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.



Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:34

I just wanted to let everyone know the plans are wrong for the full length bench (if you are making it to go with the table).  The plans for the full length bench are supposed to be such that the bench will slide under the table.  The table legs will end up being at 72 inches measure from outside of leg to the outside of the other leg (65 inch stretcher + 3.5 + 3.5).  So the INSIDE measurement between the 2 outer bench legs needs to be slightly greater than 72 inches.  The plans call for two 34.5 stretchers so what you end up with is 34.5 + 34.5 + 1.5 for the middle leg = 70.5, thus about 2 inches short.  


I think when these plans were made they incorrectly accounted for the middle leg being 3.5 inches but the 2x4 is turned the other way so it only adds 1.5 inches to the overall measure. 


So in short, the leg strechers need to be 35.5 (or 36 to be safe) instead of 34.5.  Unfortunately I found this all out the hard way, already built the table and the bench and found out the plans were wrong when I tried to slide the bench under the table.  Hope this helps someone else and I hope the plans are updated.


Fri, 06/10/2016 - 20:16

extremely glad I read your comment before I cut my boards... I see what youre saying... 



Sat, 09/03/2016 - 20:12

I just built the fancy farmhouse table and it was my first project. I now want to make the bench but am not sure where the screws should go especilly the small 2x2 ( 6 inch) pieces for the legs- attaching them to the centre piece . I am making the 63 inch bench.


Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:08

I have made several of these benches in last few years , with few changes . My question is why do some of them wobble ? I usually attach my base to top upside down and do from under , so tried doing from top and still had a wobble . Any ideas why this sometimes happens ?


i did 6 of them in dec and happens 60% of the time :(