Vintage Parsons Bench

Inspiration

When we added our screened in porch off the back of the house we really wanted a table for the kids to play or enjoy a meal at.  So we started our hunt and fairly quickly we stumbled upon this awesomely chunky rustic play table from Restoration Hardware.  I introduce to you the $600 Vintage Parsons Play Table… That’s right TABLE! The benches are another $269 a piece. From there the toddler bench plans below were born. I did however shorten the table a tad, because, well, I don’t have 8 kids! Anyway, I hope you enjoy and please post your results to our brags page.

If you’re looking to build the table to go with this bench then take a look at our Vintage Parsons play table plans.

Vintage Parsons Play Table Plans - Inspiration

Restoration Hardware – Vintage Parsons Play Table

Required Tools

Materials (One Bench)

Cut List

  • 4x     4 x 4 x 14″
  • 2x     2 x 4 x 30″
  • 1x     2 x 4 x 37″
  • 2x     2 x 3 x 30″
  • 2x     2 x 3 x 3.5″

Toddler Bench Plans

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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Step 1: Assemble sides

Step 1:

Drill two pocket holes at each end of the 2x4x30″ boards. Then assemble two 4x4x14″ legs to each side of each of the boards as shown using 2-1/2 pocket hole screws.

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Step 2: Adding the aprons

Step 2:

Drill two pocket holes in each end of each of the 2x3x30″ boards as well as four pocket holes evenly spaced as shown down the length of the board.

Attach the aprons using 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws as shown.  I left about 1/4″ spacing from the side face of the 2×4 board.

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Step 3: Adding bench top

Step 3:

Drill four evenly spaced pocket holes in each side of the center 2x4x37″ board. Screw to one of the sides using 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws as shown.

 

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Step 5: Adding aprons

Step 4:

Drill the two pocket holes in one end of the 2x3x3.5″ aprons. Also, drill one more in each apron, perpendicular to the two, as shown in the picture. This will be used in the next step.

Add the short aprons at each end of the bench allowing room for the bench top. (Lay a 2×4 scrap under it to assure proper spacing) And don’t forget to set it in about 1/4″ from the face of the 4×4.

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Step 5: Assembling bench

Step 5:

Drill four evenly spaced pocket holes in the center board that is currently attached to one of your sides (shown in pink).  Attach this side to the other side as shown in the photo, using 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Utilizing the leftover pocket holes from the previous step, secure the small aprons at each end to the center board using 2-1.2″ pocket hole screws.

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Complete

Don’ forget to share your results in the brags section.  Also, if you’re looking to build the table to go with this bench then take a look at our Vintage Parsons play table plans.

Finish

Color:

Sealant:

 

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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