Large Rustic X Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 23:05
Difficulty
Intermediate
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A simple bench gets stylish with some clever cross bracing and false notching. See why so many have built this bench already! Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos. Also note, smaller Rustic X bench plans are also available.

Dimensions
54" Wide x 18" Tall x 12" Deep

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 4 – 1×3 8′ boards 
  • 1 – 1×2 8′ board 
  • 1 – 1×12, at least 54″ long
Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Cut List
  • A) 4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″ (Leg Pieces, notch out in step 1) 
  • B) 4 – 1×3 @ 11 1/2″ (End Aprons and Side Stretchers) 
  • C) 4 – 1×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Leg Pieces to complete the legs) 
  • D) 3 – 1×3 @ 45″ (Aprons and stretcher) 
  • E) 2 – 1×3 @ 25 3/4″ (Cross Supports) 
  • F) 1- 1×12 @ 54″ (Top)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Drill
Jigsaw
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Use good boards. Cut all of your boards first. Check for square after each step. Because this is a bench, I recommend using screws instead of nails. Always use glue. Predrill and countersink your screw heads. Have fun and be safe.

Instructions

Step 1

Notch out the Legs. Mark the 1×3 parts of the legs as shown above. With a jigsaw, cut out as shown above.

Step 2

Attach the End Aprons/Stretcher. Attatch the end aprons, B, to the 1×3 legs pieces, A, as shown above.

Step 3

Complete the Legs. Fasten C, the 1×2 part of the legs, to the rest of the leg. Keep the outside corner flush.

Step 4

Cut the Cross Supports. Cut the cross supports as directed above. Use your square to determine the cuts and mark on the board prior to any cutting. The overall length, from the longest point to the longest point is 25 3/4″. This is by far the trickiest step. What you will need to do on the end cut at two different angles, is first mark out the 60 degree angle from the top corner (when imagining the board in place on the bench). Also mark and cut the bottom angle. Then cut these angles and fit on the bench. Center the bottom on the stretcher. Then mark off where the top overhangs the top of the bench and clip off. This cut does not have to be perfect – you will just need to make sure it sits lower than the top of the bench.

Step 5

Step 6

aprons are not shown in the above diagram 6. Fasten the Cross Supports. Fasten the cross supports as shown above.

Step 7

Top. Fasten the bench to the top, as shown here. If you wish to hide your screw holes, you will need to either predrill through the apron and screw into the underside of the bench or you can purchase small L brackets and fasten the top in place. If you are painting, you can simply predrill and scew through the top into the aprons.

Comments

Carole Zullo (not verified)

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 08:40

Thank you sooooo much! I found your site a few weeks ago. A friend mentioned you on facebook and I had to investigate. Finally this past weekend, my dear sweet husband was patient enough to show me how to use his saw, and power tools. He didn't even cringe when I used them wrong. So we made this bench and had a blast doing it. In fact all three of our boys played a part in building it too. I have shared your site with all my friends and can't wait to build more.
Ana you ROCK, and really I can't thank you enough!

Aimee (not verified)

Sun, 11/28/2010 - 08:15

I would love to make these longer to go with the Farmhouse Table with stretcher..is this possible???

guest (not verified)

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 11:41

the amount of wood you that is on the shopping list isn't enough to make all the cuts that are needed and you might want to add fasteners to the shopping list as well because they are needed in step 3. disappointed

fethiye

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:14

Hi Ana, we no longer can click on the Google Sketch images to make them larger; yes, a larger window pops up but the images are no longer as big because of the space the ads take :(

SteinkeBeyer

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 14:13

Hi,

I'm brand new to the ana white website and love the furniture, but I too, cannot see the sizes on the google sketch images. Is there are fix for this problem. I'm a mac user. Thanks, Joanna