Hello Over the Big Moon friends! I’m so happy to be here again. If you missed my post last month, I’m Rebekah from Charming Imperfections, a blog where everything is beautifully flawed. I love doing DIY projects when my rambunctious toddler is napping. Today I am sharing with you a Simple DIY Bench!
Now, there is a funny thing about storage spaces that I pondered as I worked on this project. Alone basket on the floor is not usually acceptable as a storage solution, however, a basket on the floor under a bench is cute and functional.
We needed some entry way storage and, though we had plenty of baskets and crates, the space needed something more, so I decided to build a bench. This project was so easy that I can say with confidence: just about anyone could do it! So, let’s get out the power tools for an amazingly simple DIY bench.
SIMPLE ENTRY WAY BENCH
Tools and Supplies:
- One 8 foot 2×8
- One 6 foot 2×8
- 2” Kreg Screws
- Kreg Jig
- Circular Saw
- Power Drill
- Random Orbital Sander
- Stain of your choice
First, make your cuts. The 8 foot 2×8 gets sawed perfectly in half. It’s a good idea to measure the length of the board and divide that in half rather than just cutting at 4 foot for accuracy. Since I was using reclaimed wood, everything had to be measured.
Next cut the “legs” from the 6 foot 2×8 by measuring out four 17” pieces.
Now, get out your Kreg Jig for the pocket holes. If you don’t have one of these nifty tools, I’ll explain how to attach the legs further down in the post. Drill the pocket holes about 8 inches apart on one of the “seat” boards down the long side that will be connecting with the other board.
Then drill pocket holes into the top of the legs. I did three each, but that was probably overkill. Two would be sufficient. I also drilled one towards the middle to join the boards together.
Now is a good time to do any sanding.
Connect the seat boards using wood glue and 2” screws. Do the same for the legs. Now you are ready to screw the legs on. If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you’ll have to go in from the top of the seat with 2 ½” screws. If you do have a Kreg jig, you’ll be going in from the underside where the holes are less visible.
Finally, you are ready to stain! I actually didn’t do this because the reclaimed wood was beautiful as it was, but it’s totally a preference thing. It might also be a good idea to seal it with polyurethane after the stain is dry.
Now, you have a very simple, but very pretty storage solution for an entry way. A lone basket on the ground wouldn’t do for storage, but a basket underneath a lovely bench like this one was the perfect solution for our entry and could be for yours as well!
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