How to Build a Primitive Farmhouse Bench

Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan for you.  The very talented Karin from Art is Beauty built a beautiful DIY Farmhouse table awhile back (which Cassity featured here).  Karin built her table to fit around this beautiful primitive farmhouse bench that her friend gave her. ( I would do the same thing, it is a beauty!) We’ve had a few requests for the bench that was with the table, and Karin so graciously agreed to let us make a plan based on it, and she even took more pictures for us!

primitive farmhouse bench (plus free building plans!)
Image source – Art is Beauty

 

Be sure to stop by Karin’s blog to say thanks — and check out her amazing art studio transformation while you’re there!

artisbeauty art studio

How to Build a DIY Primitive Farmhouse Bench

Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

 

The original bench is 64 3/4″ long, however to make the bench using one 1×10 I shortened the length to 60 1/4″.  You can easily adjust the length according to your needs.

Materials

  • 1 – 1″ x 10″ x 8′ board (actual 3/4″ x 9 1/2″)
  • 2 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 3/4″ x 3 1/2″)
  • 2 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ boards (actual 3/4″ x 1 1/2″)
  • 1 1/4″ nails or screws
  • wood glue
  • sandpaper
  • stain/paint
  • top coat
    • Approximate pine wood cost is $18.50

Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

 

farmhouse bench artisbeauty.net karin chudy side view (2)

Cut List

  • 2 – 3/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 17 3/4″
  • 1 – 3/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 60 1/4″
  • 2 – 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 56 1/4″ with 45 deg miter cuts on both ends facing inward
  • 2 – 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 45 3/4″
  • 4 – 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 16 3/4″ with 45 deg miter cuts on both ends facing inward

Step 1

Cut the 1×10 into 2 pieces 17 3/4″ long and 1 piece that is 60 1/4″ long.  The width of 1x10s may vary between 9 1/4″ and 9 1/2″, either width will work fine for this build.

On the top piece, mark in 2″ from each corner and cut the corners off.  Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

On the 2 17 3/4″ leg pieces make the following cuts.  Make sure the notch cuts will fit your 1×4’s and 1×2’s snugly (actual sizes vary).  A tool like a jig saw is an easy way to make these cuts, but many other tools will work great too.  Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Karin’s original is a little bit different, but here’s a photo to help with the visual:farmhouse bench end view karin chudy artisbeauty.net diy

Step 2

Cut the 1×4’s into 2 – 56 1/4″ with 45’s on each end.  Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Cut 2 pieces of 1×2 that are 45 3/4″ long.  Cut 4 pieces of 1×2 that are 16 3/4″ with 45’s on each end.  Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Step 3

To assemble the bench you can use nails or screws, whichever you prefer.  Nails are a more authentic if you are going for the primitive look 🙂

On the skirt mark in 6″ from each side, this is where the legs will mount.  On the long 1×2’s mark in 3/4″ from each end.    Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ nails or screws and secure the skirt boards and long 1×2 in the leg notches.   Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Dryfit the top on the bench and mark where the legs are.  Glue and nail the top to the legs.    Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Glue and nail the braces in place.  It may be useful to clamp the braces in place while you are nailing them.Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Here is a close up of the original bench’s nail placement.  Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on @Remodelaholic

Step 4

Lightly sand the farmhouse bench finishing with 120-150 grit paper.  Paint or stain your bench according to the look you want.  Apply a top coat if desired.

Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating.

 

Enjoy your primitive farmhouse bench!  Thanks for pinning.


Build a beautiful DIY primitive farmhouse bench for your farmhouse table or extra seating. Free plans on Remodelaholic .

 

For more build plans check out Hertoolbelt:

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4 Comments

  1. Followed the tutorial on how to make the primitive farmhouse bench and I am so thankful that I found this. You did a wonderful job explaining the details. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us the process of making this bench. Got it done with no problems at all and everyone loves it! (including me). Thanks again.

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