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

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.

Brian Palacios (not verified)

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 08:15

Does anyone know if there are plans online for the same bench but with a back rest. I have kids and would like to know they are going to fall back.

Thanks

Mamanola

Sun, 03/10/2013 - 04:25

My husband built us a beautiful 8 seater teak table but has yet to even start the chairs, that was 2 years ago. I am going to make this bench as a surprise, hope it goes well. Thanks for the plan :)

Allen Lulu

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 19:04

After reading all the comments I realize that I might have purchased the wrong lumber now. Unless Ana updated the plans after the comments had all been made.
I am wondering, though, also about sanding and finishing. Did everyone use a power sander to make the 2x4s as smooth as possible on top or did you mostly leave it kind of rough? I'm not sure what to do. Thanks.

DJR

Sun, 08/18/2013 - 06:23

This is a beautiful bench and not difficult to build. I want to provide some useful tips for anyone wanting to build it too.

1) Corrections to plans - See comment by Don on 2/2/2011.

2) Take care to make sure everything is square when building the bench frame in step 4. the 9 1/2" end pieces must be vertical in order to properly attach to the legs in step 5. This will ensure the bench legs and seat are at a 90 degree angle. If the the 9 1/2" end pieces are not vertical you can use washers as spacers when completing step 5. Placing a washer between the 9 1/2" end piece and the legs will allow you to correct the angle error if it is not 90 degrees. (place screw through the washer)

3) When attaching the breadboards to the legs I noticed there wasn't much space left on the top of the legs to anchor the breadboard securely. I would recommend cutting the bench seat boards to 64" instead of 65"; this will provide a 1/2" more anchor space on each leg to be used for the breadboard. A 64" cut on the bench seat boards will still be long enough to be properly supported by the legs.

4) Wait to cut the 12" strechers until you have completed step 2. There could be some variation in the actual length needed due to variations in steps 1 & 2.

jrowell2323

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:28

I love this design to go with the table....I made a few variations...I switched most of the 1x4 to 2x4s....made the bench more sturdy

Ana White

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 10:00

Hi, so sorry for the issue with the step diagrams disappearing.  I have reuploaded.  If you have google chrome, there is a caching issue where the diagrams may not show, so try viewing in a different browser or install Google Chrome cache killer extension.  Thanks! 

redwoodrustics

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 09:04

Caution to anyone making this bench. The bench is based on the old table plans, not the updated pocket hole farmhouse table located at:

http://www.ana-white.com/2012/11/plans/farmhouse-table-updated-pocket-h…

 

if you build the bench in these plans it will be too long to slide under neath the updated pocket hole farmhouse table. you'll need to reduce the overall size of the bench both the bench aprons (the long ones) and the bench seat boards by about 6 inches total if you want it to fit with the farmhouse style kitchen table that is made with pocket holes.

 

also as a side note, the breadboard ends should be made with 2x4's not 1x4's.