Farmhouse Bench

So, last weekend we helped some friends of ours build a farmhouse table. This weekend we built them a farmhouse bench to go with it! When I was designing this bench I wanted it to be super cheap and easy but still look great and fitting to the farmhouse theme. So this is what I came up with, an incredibly easy to build farmhouse bench with tapered legs. Enjoy!

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Tools Required



Materials


  • 2x6x96″     Qty 1 or 2 (see cut list)
  • 2x3x96″     Qty 2  (Yes you can actually buy these at Home Depot, if you can’t find them ask)
  • 2x4x96″     Qty 1
  • 2-1/2″ Pocket Screws

Note: I am referring to these boards by their nominal dimension and not the actual dimensions which are 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, and 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, respectively.


Cut List


DIY Farmhouse Bench Plans - Cut List


Dimensions


DIY Farmhouse Bench Plans - Overall Dimensions


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DIY Farmhouse Bench Plans - Step 1

Step 1: Assemble Sides (Qty 2)

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

Trace the previous taper on the rest of the legs

Set your saw to 22.5 degrees of center.

Set your saw to 22.5 degrees of center.

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

screwed!

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

Both sides done

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

Time for plugging those holes

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

Glue and plug

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

Just tap it in!

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 1

Sand smooth


DIY Farmhouse Bench Plans - Step 2

Step 2: Assemble Base

Note: The 1″ dimension is from the bottom of the 2×3 used for the side to the bottom of the 2×3 lower support.

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 2

Drill those pocket holes!

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 2

Assembled!

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 2

Stain for distressing

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 2

Painted and distressed


DIY Farmhouse Bench Plans - Step 3

Step 3: Assemble Top

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 3

Assembled and ready for stain


DIY Farmhouse Bench Plans - Step 4

Step 4: Assemble Bench

DIY Farmhouse Bench - Step 4

Done!


Finishing


Top: Rustoleum Carrington Wood Stain

Base: Distressed Finish

Base color: Rustoleum Carrington Wood Stain

Top color: Flat White Paint (4 coats)


Questions? Comments?


As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • S. Lynn

    I’m just beginning work working and seeing ANOTHER use for pocket jig makes me put in on my want list AGAIN. Thanks for clear and concise directions.

    • Pocket hole jigs definitely make things a lot easier! And no problem. I’m glad I could help!

  • Will

    On the 1-1/2″ setting, my pocket hole jig would be at the depth to begin drilling before reaching the 2×3. Did you use a smaller setting, and shorter screws?

    • Hey Will, yes the hole does start before the edge of the board which results in a partial hole on the bottom side of the apron. Since this is on the bottom side and on the inside of the bottom I wasn’t too worried about it since it would never be seen.

  • George

    If I make this 84 inches long instead of 50 do you recommend a third side piece in the middle for support? Also does using 2X4’s add to its strength versus the 2X3’s?

    Thanks,

    George

    • Hey George! I do not think you will need any additional support in the middle. The apron should provide more than enough support for the top across this span.

      • george

        Thank you for the quick reply Jamison. Love your website and all the work you do.

        Cheers,

        George

  • Mary

    I just found your website and I think It’s great ! My question is regarding the flat white paint, is this just a standard latex interior wall paint? I ask because in the past we have tried to apply the distressed look to a painted surface and it just gummed up when we sanded. Even though we waited several days for it to dry it ended up just looking like a really bad paint job. Six months later we tried sanding some more but never really got to the point of exposing any of the water-based stain underneath. Any tips or product names you can give us, we would be grateful. Thanks.

    • Mary, I don’t know how we missed your comment from a year ago. I apologize for that! I would recommend using Rust-Oleums Chalked paint in linen white. It won’t gum up on you when you try to sand it for the distressed look. Also, if you want to add more of a distressed finish before painting apply vaseline along the edges you want to distress, then paint, once the paint dries you will simply be able wipe away the distressed areas. Hope that helps even though I’m a year late answering!

  • Mary

    Oh my, I need to pay better attention. I just reread and noticed that you had a link for the Vaseline trick when distressing.

    • Mary, for distressing my wife usually does the Vaseline. It allows you more of the paint to come off without removing the stain underneath. For this project we used basic interior latex paint. However, Rust-Oleum makes a chalked paint which works great for distressing.

  • Keith H

    Okay this is a pretty cool bench ! I’m wondering about the rustoleum carrington stain, is that oil or water based ? I thought Rustoleum were oil-based and I didn’t know you could put a water-based/latex paint over an oil-base. So should I assume and look for a Rustoleum water-base product or doesn’t it matter ?
    Thanks.

    • The stain I used is oil based. I know that is a general rule of thumb but I’ve never had any problems.

  • Connie

    Hello, do you make and sell any of the farm tables? I love the white one with the dark wood top with the benches. It’s beautiful. I would be interested in buying one.

  • We build one of these as a bench at the end of the bed, white/mahogany color. We left out the bottom 2×4 as it didnt need it and we like it as is.

  • Michael Schneider

    This was an easy and cheap ($8 after building table) project! I had a lot of fun, and it looks great.

  • Michelle Brock

    I knew I wanted a sofa table. I knew it needed to be smaller than average to be used behind my loveseat and fit in the odd shape of my room. I had to make it myself because retail was either just too big or not my style. Thanks to the basic guidelines of this farm style bench by Rogue Engineer I was able to figure out a simple and effective way to make the base.

    I used scrap pine boards that I had to make it. It’s not meant to support someone sitting on it so I didn’t need to use 2X4s. 🙂 I finished it with the Minwax Polyshades Satin in Espresso to match the hue of my coffee table.

    I’m as happy as a kid on Christmas morning right now LOL. Thank you so much!!! I will be using some of your other plans to finish up my living room. I am so excited.

    • This turned out great! It’s awesome you turned bench plans into a small table to fit your space. Can’t wait to see more stuff you build.

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  • Carroll Nabors

    Hey Jamison,
    I love the look of this bench but my concern for my family is that it is not quite wide enough to be comfortable for long periods of chatting at the dinner table. 11″ wide is kinda narrow. Sure would love to see it about 18″ wide for those of us who linger after a meal, and therefore have ample butts. HAHA. Thanks for you great designs and plan. I plan to try to modify you basic plan to be wider and longer. Wish me luck.