Patrick's Primitive Bench

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Yay! You loved the video on this bench and matching farmhouse table as much as I did!!!!!

And I MUST say, I want a Patrick Router Table too! We'll have to come up with a plan!

And Patrick also is sharing the super sturdy and easy bench plans that compliment this farmhouse table so well. I love the idea of mixing up the benches so those GORGEOUS farmhouse legs are not competing with ANYTHING!!!!!

Patrick also built this set of benches and table a while back with a little different leg style. Beautiful, beautiful!

Some of you asked about the farmhouse table legs - the kind folks at Osbourne Wood supplied these legs - we've used Osbourne Wood in the book too - and have always been pleased with the quality and price of their table legs. So definitely check them out!

I hope you have LOTS of DIY planned for this weekend! Now that we have the roof on the Momplex, we've been working on a few projects around our own home, and let me just say, it feels good to be so soar in the morning that you can barely get out of bed! Outdoor projects will do that to ya!

Enjoy your weekend! Hope to see lots of projects from you next week!

And one more time, a HUGE HUGE thank you to Patrick Hosey and Gabriel Gallant for inspiring us all with this plan and beautiful video!

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 - 10' 1x12 board
1 - 10' 1x4 board

Cut List

1- 1x12 @ 64"
3 - 1x12 @ 16"
2 - 1x4 @ 58 1/2"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
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

Attach legs to top with 2" top overhangs.

NOTE: It will be much easier to cut any decorative pattern from legs BEFORE assembly. Make cuts and sand rough edges so all legs match exactly.

Step 2

Then add side aprons.

Step 3

Followed by center support legs.

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.



Fri, 05/25/2012 - 18:57

I truly appreciate the time that you and your readers take to help others with these projects. Videos bring the work to life and demystify the whole thing. Thank you Patrick for filming....the table and benches are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Ana for creating such a wonderful community of passionate people who share their talents with others!

Cindy from Indiana (not verified)

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 08:15

I love the video and I love how the project turned out! Awesome job! I particularly love how the members here work together. So awesome!

Jopor (not verified)

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 05:55

The router table is from ShopNotes Magazine.

Patrick Hosey (not verified)

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 14:54

I'll have to check that out...

Sammy (not verified)

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 20:38

hi my name is sammy i was wondering how to make a 13 foot table sturdy because the table that i made is not sturdy enough and it wobbles

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wed, 09/26/2012 - 04:40

Sammy - A 13-foot table needs very careful planning. Just the size alone makes it prone to wobbling.

How did you build the table? How many legs, and how are they attached?

If the corner joints are not blocked (have a diagonal brace), they will wobble. Start by adding corner braces - you can get them in any woodworking shop, or on amazon, or some hardware stores. Use the "surface-mounted" ones because the can be added after the table is built.

Ziggy Diaz (not verified)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 07:02


Small observation, I have made similar benches in the past, in fact our newlywed dinning set was a table and a pair of benches that I hand made for me and my wife, so I am very familiar with them, anyway, the small change I would make is to add a hole with a hole saw to the vertex on the legs, as not doing so would result in the leg developing a crack that can damage the leg on the bench, this also helps you cut the leg with a circular saw and not have to worry about being perfect where the slanted cuts meet, plus it looks better.

Just my 2 cents,

Ziggy in Texas.