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How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Hello everyone, I’m Shara from the DIY blog Woodshop Diaries. I am excited to be a new contributor on Pretty Handy Girl!!  If you don’t already know me, it’s very nice to “meet” you! I’m a DIYer with a passion for woodworking and remodeling.

That being said, I’ve been super busy building in the shop lately and one of my latest (and favorite) projects was this modern farmhouse table.  But of course, no farmhouse table is complete without at least one matching bench, right? Today I’m going to show you how to build a modern farmhouse bench. 🙂

Get your building music ready, and let’s get started.

Materials:

  • (2) 2″ x 8″ x 8′
  • (3) 2″ x 4″ x 8′
  • (1) 4″ x 4″ x 8′
  • 2 ½” pocket hole screws
  • 2 ½” wood screws
  • 4″ wood screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Miter saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw
  • Kreg Jig for pocket holes
  • Sander
  • Stain or Paint and Polycrylic

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut the Legs.

Cut four legs from the 4×4’s at 18″ long using a miter saw.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Step 2: Assemble the top

Using glue and clamps (or using 1 ½” pocket holes and 2 ½” pocket hole screws), attach the two 2″ x 8″ x 8′ boards together.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Once the glue is dry, trim down to your desired length using a circular saw and a straight edge (beware of the location of your screws if you used pocket screws).

Step 3: Cut corners for legs

Using a jig saw, mark 3 ½” squares on each corner and cut out.  This is where the legs will go in the next step.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Once your corners are cut, drill 1 ½” pocket holes as shown below.  Repeat for each corner.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Step 4: Attach the legs

Set a 4×4 leg into each corner. Make sure the leg tops are flush with the top of the bench. Secure the legs into the corners using 2 ½” pocket hole screws.  You will add more support in the next step, so don’t worry if the legs feel a little flimsy.  The screws simply hold the legs in place while you add the supports.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Step 5: Add bottom supports

Measure the distance between all your legs. Cut the 2″ x 4″ boards to fit between the legs.  (Depending on how accurate your jig saw cuts are, one side may be slightly longer than the other.)  The 2″ x 4″ support pieces must fit snug between the legs.  Drill two pocket holes in both ends.  Line up the supports approximately 1 ½” from the edge of the bench top. Attach the supports between the legs using 2 ½” pocket hole screws.  Note: You will have to attach the short pieces first or you won’t be able to fit the drill in between the longer side pieces.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Pre-drill holes (to avoid splitting the wood) through the supports into the bench top. Use 4″ wood screws to secure the supports to the bench top.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Cut two more pieces of 2×4 to fit between the two long supports.  Attach these small 2×4’s to the supports using 2½” wood screws driven in at an angle.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

For added stability, drive a few more 4″ screws through these smaller supports into the bench top.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

Step 6: Finish

Flip your bench over and give it a good sanding.  Finish off with stain or paint of your choice.  (I stained my bench with Minwax Early American and finished it with Minwax Polycrylic.)

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Dining Bench

This bench matches perfectly with the modern farmhouse table I recently built for a friend.

https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/2017/03/27/how-to-build-a-modern-farmhouse-dining-table/

Conveniently, it looks handsome inside or outside your home.

https://www.woodshopdiaries.com/2017/03/27/how-to-build-a-modern-farmhouse-dining-table/

What do you think? Want to build this Modern Farmhouse Bench for your home?

Be sure to visit me over at Woodshop Diaries and join in on all the shenanigans ;).  Until next time, happy building!!

 

DIY Indoor/Outdoor Dining Bench | Pretty Handy Girl

Building a dining bench with 2x4s and wood glue

Hi everyone! I’m Jillian and I am so excited to be sharing my tutorial today!

I love to build and I am constantly looking at online stores and magazines to find the next design to conquer. I recently found a bench at AllModern that intrigued me. I perfer a bit more rustic farmhouse than modern, but the simplicity of this particular bench appealed to me. I just had to figure out how to build something like it.

I’ve watched a ton of videos of people making cutting boards because it fascinates me that such a useful tool is held together by wood glue and hope. I thought I could get this bench to stay together. Nothing but wood and glue (throw in a little hope!) Can you handle that? I know you can!

Let’s get started building a DIY Indoor/Outdoor Dining Bench.

Materials:

  • 11-2x4x8 boards
  • Wood Glue (don’t skimp on a dollar store version. This is the screws and nails of this project.)
  • Bar Clamps
  • Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Paint brush or foam roller
  • Stain of your choice
  • Indoor/outdoor polyurethane
  • Sander with 120 and 220 grit sandpaper
  • Scraper or putty knife

Cut List:

  • 12- 2×4 @ 16”
  • 10- 2×4 @ 19” Approximate
  • 6- 2×4 @ 47”
  • 5- 2×4 @ 44″ Approximate

Instructions:

The first part to this puzzle is to rip all of the rounded edges off your 2×4 boards. This is why 1/2 of the cuts on the cut list are approximate. You will need to measure the width of your boards after ripping them and adjust the measurements accordingly. The objective is to make all the sides of the bench flush with each other.

Set your table saw to take off the minimal amount necessary to flatten one side on all of your 2x4s and then readjust the guide to do the same for the other side. This will make all of your pieces consistent widths.

Building a dining bench with 2x4s and wood glue

Cut all the 16” pieces and use two as a guide to figure the exact length of 19” pieces by making a “T.” The combined length of the “T” will be the correct length for your 19” pieces. Read more