Farmhouse Bench - No Pocket Holes Version

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 13:26
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This farmhouse bench is easy to build and is rustic and substantial.  It is designed to match our Farmhouse Table Plans. 

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We love this sturdy and substantial farmhouse bench.  Designed to be built using standard off the shelf lumber, just the way farmhouse furniture has been built for hundreds of years.

Build it to match our farmhouse table plans, or use it as a stand alone piece on the end of a bed, or in your entryway.

Farmhouse Bench Plans

Dimensions
dimensions image for farmhouse bench
Dimensions are shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

4 – 2x4s, stud length or 8 foot length

2 – 1x4s, 8 foot length

1 – 1×2, 8 foot length

2 1/2″ screws

2″ screws 

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
Cut List

8 – 2x4s @ 16 1/2″ (Legs)

2 – 1×4 @ 2 1/4″ (Spacers)

2 – 1×4 @ 6″ (End Aprons)

2 – 2×4 @ 12″ (Stretchers)

2 – 1×4 @ 61″ (Side Aprons)

2 – 1×4 @ 9 1/2″ (Inner Aprons)

5 – 1×2 @ 9 1/2″ (Supports)

4 – 2×4 @ 65″ (Bench Seat Boards)

2 – 1×4 @ 14″ (Breadboard Ends)

 

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

The Farmhouse Bench is designed to work with this Farmhouse Table, but there is no reason you could not modify the dimensions or use it as a coffee table or outdoor bench. If you plan to build the Farmhouse Table, starting with the bench will give you a chance to test out your skills on a smaller version. For those of you who have a pocket hole system, you can use the pocket holes to build your bench seat separate. You can also fasten your aprons directly to the legs without spacers.

Instructions

Step 1

Legs The notches and stretchers on the legs is optional. Notch out your legs (for full instructions see the Farmhouse Table post) and laminate your legs together in pairs of 2 with glue and 2 1/2″ screws. Then take note of the placement of the spacers and attach to the insides of the legs. This will differ depending on the leg. Attach with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 2

End Aprons Attach end aprons to the spacers as shown above. Use glue and 2″ screws.

Step 3

Stretcher The stretcher gets attached in the same method. Screws and glue.

Step 4

Bench Frame Build the bench frame, keeping the 1×2 supports flush to the top. Easy method is to flip it all over and keep the supports flush to the bottom :)

Step 5

Step 6

Seat Boards Find the center of the supports and begin attaching seat boards from the underside. Work with the boards to minimize gaps as you go. Attach all seat boards. If you have a pocket hole system, you would build your bench seat separate, and then attach.

Step 7

Breadboard Ends If you have a pocket hole system, you would attach the breadboard ends directly to the seat boards in step 6. Otherwise, attach to leg bases.

Step 8

Finishing If you are staining, be very careful to not let glue dry on the project, as these areas will not take stain. Fill holes with wood filler, sand and paint or stain as desired.

Comments

Kim (not verified)

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 03:28

I have been anxiously awaiting for this. I love it! Can't wait to get started on it.....I have some spare time tonight. :) Awesome.

Julie (not verified)

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 06:35

I'm confused how you would build the bench seat seperate and then attach with a pocket hole system. Would you attach the supports to the seat boards ahead of time with pocketholes? Then how do you attach to the frame?

It might be too early in the morning for me to be looking at furniture plans...

Jason (not verified)

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 07:10

I don't think that you can use the 'stud' length 2x4s for this project. They are 92 5/8" long and you require 65" for the bench top, 16 1/2" for the legs (4 of each) and 2 pieces @ 12" for the stretchers. That totals 93 1/2" without any allowance for the saw blade or squaring the ends. You will either need to use 96" lengths or add a extra 'stud'.

Also, the link for notching out the legs is gone. The table instructions state to go to the 'how-to' section, but that no longer exists on your new site layout (that I could find).

Love the projects ... the bench is less than $15 to make!

Gary (not verified)

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 16:17

@Jason

>Love the projects ... the bench is less than $15 to make!

Hi, interesting comment, is there anyway you can justify that it is less than $15 to make? i.e. links, cost breakdowns, etc.

If it's true that you can buy all of that timber for under $15 then there is something seriously wrong with the hardware and timber trade where I live and I would love to take some evidence of price gouging (i.e. a comparison to your BOM) to the ombudsman.

If any one else has a comment regarding the costing of this project I would appreciate it.

The best I can come up with (just for the wood) is:

Qty dimension dimension cost total
imperial metric plm cost

4 2"x4"x8' 45x90x2400 2.92 $28.03
2 1"x4"x8' 35x90x2400 2.5 $12.00
1 1"x2"x8' 35x45x2400 2.9 $6.97

$47.00
(source: http://buybuildingsupplies.com.au/timber-general-pine-radiata-c-70_2825…)

Great project BTW!

Cheers,
Gary

Jason (not verified)

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 05:40

It also looks like the Breadboard ends are listed on the cut list as being from the wrong dimensional lumber - they should be from 2x4 stock, not the 1x4.

Jason (not verified)

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 06:51

I don't think there are enough legs listed on the cut list - it should be 8 pieces @ 16 1/2"

Brandi (not verified)

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 08:26

Yeah, there aren't enough bench legs. I just got done notching legs for 2 benches and realized I only have enough for 1 bench...

Craig (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:59

Ana and all,
What type of wood is everyone making these benches and farmhouse tables out of? Any recommendations? I'm not sure I'll have much more than pine at my disposal but I thought I would at least ask.
thanks

Don (not verified)

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 05:19

I just finished the build of my bench last night. I still need to sand and finish it. It's awesome. Really nice and sturdy, and it was only an evening project to get it built.

Jason already noted a couple of the corrections, but I thought I'd compile them into a single note here based on my experience last night.

* First of all, you're going to need another 8' 2x4. There are a couple of errors in the cut list requiring additional 2x4 stock.

* The first two cut list items (Legs & Spacers) need doubled. As shown it only gets you two legs since each leg is actually made of two piece glued together.

* The Breadboard Ends should actually be 2x4 not 1x4 so that they match up with the Bench Seat Board thickness.

* The notch video is here - http://ana-white.com/2009/11/how-to-notch-out-boards.html

The is a great and easy project and easy to modify to fit your particular space. Have fun. Hope these tips help.http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs068.snc6/167894_491619…

FurryMoses

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 14:41

Thanks for the corrections, though I think they ought to state the final numbers... ie not just "double this/that". Because we now don't know whether the cutting list has been updated/corrected and your corrections are now wrong

ChristyIreland (not verified)

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 10:26

Whitney, I'm so glad you up-loaded your photo. I really like the way you finished it. I think I want mine the same. Thanks for the picture.

britcollins (not verified)

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 09:26

Is there any way to find out what stain Kristen used on her bench and table? I love the color!

Jaimi (not verified)

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 06:56

On Kristen's blog she said she used a "gel stain by Varathane called Early American and two coats of wipe on high gloss polyurethane on the rest of the table and bench (not the top). "

Jaimi (not verified)

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 08:34

My husband finished building this bench the other night fairly quickly. This was our first project of this sort and it took him about 2 hours and we followed the changes to the plans that Don listed above.
Another change that we made was that we built the top of the bench out of all 1x4's and the frame and supports out of all 2x4's therefore eliminating the need for the 1x2's.
This change made the frame more sturdy, but required a couple more 1x4's to cover the top. We also made our bench about 4 feet instead of the full size like Ana's.
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Guest (not verified)

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 19:00

Super cute :) I've got all the materials to do 2 for my table, now to get to work on them :)

Kristen umansky (not verified)

Wed, 12/26/2012 - 13:04

Sorry I was just looking for plans and came to see my bench :)

The lights are from Pottery Barn.

emmarosemc

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 13:57

Ive had the lumber for a while, just cut all of it - first time using a miter saw - still got all my fingers lol.

Something weird though, we have a 12" saw and when i lined up the wood to the fence the blade wouldnt cut through the wood all the way? So i had to move it up a couple inches and fear a kick back to get a clean cut.
Edit: Made some major mistakes but thats what i expected for my first project. Waiting on a sander because the belt sander just has too much kick me. Need to pick up more screws too.

cannelle9

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 21:09

Received a second hand table when we got married almost seven years ago.  It *finally* fell apart.  Started shopping for a new table but just couldn't spend many hundreds of dollars for fake wood laminate.  Hubby bought a cheap table for 175$ second-hand.  I hate it, its so ugly lol.  I think I'm going to attempt this one, with a bench, then attempt to make 2-4 chairs using this site's plan (parson or the simple chair?  not sure yet).  Can't wait to have a little time off work and some sunshine :) 

Thanks Ana for all your work!  Much appreciated!

tashacordel

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 07:43

Hey all...I love the simple Farmhouse bench...but would really like to see plans for one with a slightly slanted back to it. Anyone out there have some suggestions?

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 20:16

hello,

i am soo inspired by the bench and would love to build the table and bench together but can't seem to find the plans for this specific table? can you please help ?!

Tabatha (not verified)

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 05:54

Hi. Does anyone have any ideas to keep food and crumbs from eventually packing down in between the boards on top?

Jenny Klein (not verified)

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 20:30

I made the farmbench and LOVE it!! But when I attach the top seat to the base (which is sturdy alone) One leg comes up and the bench rocks back and forth...any ideas of how to fix it???

John, mcleight21 (not verified)

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 22:32

I don't get it, If the Bench Seat Boards are 2"X4" and the Breadboard ends are 1"X4" then after you got it all together won't the 2'X4"s (Bench Seat Boards) be sitting higher than the 1"X4" (Bread Board ends)? Can Someone please explain this for me?

Chad (not verified)

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 17:53

The bread boards are wrong. You have to use 2 x 4's not 1 x 4's. The cut list is also wrong. For the legs you need to double that. I also bought 6 2 x 4's.

Becky Cornwall (not verified)

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:42

I made a Farmhouse table but counterheight, do you think I could make this bench counterheight as well?
Thank You

BeckyC (not verified)

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 10:44

I made a Farmhouse table but counterheight, do you think I could make this bench counterheight as well?
Thank You

ShaunB (not verified)

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 22:58

I just finished building this bench, but I made a few modifications to the plans. For the breadboard ends I used 2x8s instead of the 2x4s. I also left off the spacers and end aprons between the legs and added another 2x4 stretcher on the top of the legs to give the breadboard ends more support. I had to adjust the length of the seat boards in order to keep the length the same. I used 2x4s for the end aprons on the bench frame, and 2x2s for the seat supports. I used a table saw to notch out the legs for the stretchers and they turned out great after using a chisel smooth the grooves. I also used a round-over bit and routed the entire outside edge and around the feet to avoid splintering. A few passes with 80 and 220 grit, and a couple coats of stain and polyurethane and it looks great. Thank you Ana for such a great plan. I really like your work and look forward to using more of your plans in the future.

Guest13 (not verified)

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 05:29

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to make this into an 8' bench. Would this need more center support if made that long? Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

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