Homemade Wood Benches

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Constructing your own homemade wood benches is an economical way to add these functional pieces of furniture to your home's decor Use a wood bench near the front door as a sitting area to take off your shoes, or put one at the foot of your bed. Gather heavy-duty pieces of wood and the power tools needed for this project to create simple, yet functional wood benches.

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Things you need

  • Four 1-by-8-inch wood boards, 4 feet long
  • 2-by-4 wood studs
  • Wood deck screws
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails

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    Build the Frame

  1. 1

    Construct the frame of your bench using the 2-by-4-inch wood studs. Cut four pieces 18 inches long for the legs, four pieces 3½ feet long and four pieces 7 inches long.

  2. 2

    Apply wood glue to the end of one 3½-foot piece and screw it through the top of a vertical 18-inch leg piece. Repeat at the other end of the 3½-foot piece and also connect the other two 18-inch legs to another 3½-foot piece of 2-by-4-inch wood in the same manner.

  3. 3

    Measure 5 to 10 inches down from the top horizontal bar, and wood glue and screw the second row of the 3½-foot wood piece into the legs at both ends. Repeat with the other two legs--attach the other 3½-foot wood piece to them at the same height.

  4. 4

    Apply wood glue and screw the shorter 7-inch pieces at the top and near the middle of the legs, matching up their positions with the longer horizontal bars. This completes the base frame of the wood bench.

    Completing the Top

  1. 1

    Cut the four pieces of 1-by-8-inch wood boards down to 4 feet or have them precut at the lumber store.

  2. 2

    Apply a generous amount of wood glue around the top of the frame. Place the two wood boards across the top and align their positions on top of the wood bench frame.

  3. 3

    Screw this first layer of wood boards for the seat directly into the 2-by-4 wood at the four corners and three places along the sides.

  4. 4

    Apply a generous layer of wood glue across the surface of the 1-by-8-inch boards and tack them into the first layer of wood boards using finishing nails along the edges. Turn the homemade wood bench upside down and screw the bench seat layers together using wood screws around the perimeter of the bench.

  5. 5

    Let the wood glue dry before sanding the corners and edges of the wood bench. Trim the bench's edges with 2-inch wood moulding, or use a router to carve a decorative edging around the wood bench seat. Sand the edges and surfaces of the bench again before applying stain, polyurethane, or a paint finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Wear gloves when handling the wood.

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