How to build a wooden bench for a kitchen table

Written by mike southern
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Wooden benches go well in a country kitchen and provide seating for a large number of people at an affordable price. They are sturdy and appeal to children and adults alike. Perhaps best of all, they do not require any fancy construction techniques; even the most inexperienced woodworker is capable of building a strong, good-looking bench. This bench has a rustic design and requires only five pieces of standard-size lumber, available at most home supply centres.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Saw
  • 60 finishing nails, 4 inches
  • Carpenter’s glue
  • 1 piece of wood, 2 x 12 x 72 inches
  • 2 pieces of wood, 2 x 12 x 15 1/2 inches
  • 2 pieces of wood, 1 x 4 x 72 inches
  • Wood putty
  • Damp cloth
  • Sandpaper, 150 grit
  • Finish of your choice
  • 4 furniture glides

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  1. 1

    Apply glue to the end of one of the short 2 x 12 bench legs, and butt it against the bottom of the long 2 x 12 bench seat so that there are 4 inches between the leg and the end of the bench. Drive three nails through the top of the bench seat and into the end of the bench leg.

  2. 2

    Repeat Step 2 with the other bench leg on the other end of the bench seat.

  3. 3

    Wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth. This completes the basic structure of the bench.

  1. 1

    Lay one 1 x 4 on a flat surface. Pick one corner, and measure 4 inches from that corner along the long edge of the board. Mark this point with the pencil.

  2. 2

    Measure 2 inches from the same corner along the short edge of the board, and mark this point also.

  3. 3

    Draw a line connecting the two points. Cut the triangular shape from the board.

  4. 4

    Move to the other end of the 1 x 4. Use the corner on the same long edge of the board, and repeat the first three steps. When finished, your 1 x 4 will have one long straight edge and one edge with a triangular piece cut from each end.

  5. 5

    Repeat all four steps with the other 1 x 4. This completes the two bench seat reinforcements.

  1. 1

    Lay the bench structure on one side. Spread a layer of glue along the full length of the edge of the seat and along the legs where they connect to the bench.

  2. 2

    Position one of the 1 x 4s on the layer of glue. The long straight edge of the 1 x 4 should be level with the top of the bench seat, the ends of the 1 x 4 should be even with the ends of the seat, and the corners on the bottom edges of the 1 x 4 should align with the edge of the bench legs.

  3. 3

    Attach the 1 x 4 to the bench using 27 nails. Drive one nail through it into the seat at each end, and one nail through it into each leg; these four nails will keep it in place. Drive the remaining 23 nails through the 1 x 4 and into the seat at roughly 4-inch intervals. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Turn the bench over and repeat these steps with the other 1 x 4.

  5. 5

    Set all the nailheads just below the surface of the wood, and fill the holes with wood putty.

  6. 6

    After all the glue and putty is dry, sand the bench lightly. Finish as desired.

  7. 7

    Add the four furniture glides to the bottoms of the legs, and your bench is complete.

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