Industrial Farmhouse Bench

Hey guys! We are back with the free plans for this Industrial Farmhouse Bench that we built to match our Industrial Farmhouse Table! We built this cutie, for our friend Rachel, on our latest #shantyhousecrash! You can watch the crash and how we build this bench HERE or click below!

If you missed the full room transformation you can watch that HERE. Theย how-to build the Industrial Farmhouse Table video, you can click HERE to watch it ๐Ÿ™‚
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We built this bench with only 8 boards bringing the total cost to about $40 in lumber (here in Texas). The hardware looks nice but it was an inexpensive “hack” that, in total, cost us about $5! More on that later!

Make sure to download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANS HERE! And follow along below to for the tutorial!

rip-edges

The first step was to rip all of the edges off of the 2x boards. We ripped the 2×6 boards to 5″ and the 2×4 boards to 3″. As we mention in the plans, this is not a necessary step. We do this so that we have smooth joints between the planks and we like the overall look of clean, straight edges. If you choose not to rip the edges, make sure that you adjust the measurements accordingly.

K5 Kreg Jig

Once we made our cuts, we used our Kreg Jig to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into two ofย the 2×6 boards. Refer to the plans for pocket hole placement. You can find the Kreg Jig model that we love, HERE on Amazon and you can watch our How to Use a Kreg Jig video, HERE.

attach-planks

Once the planks were cut, we attached them with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

attach-breadboards

To finish the bench top, we attach the breadboards with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws from the planks, into the breadboards.

Now for the bench legs!

bench-legs

We made the cuts for our legs and then drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the short apron pieces. Then attached the legs to the short aprons. The pocket holes should face out (up).

build-legs

We attached the short aprons to the legs with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Notice the pocket hole placement ๐Ÿ™‚

attach-bottom-runner

Next, cut the leg runners, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes and attach them between the bench legs with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. If you have a small Kreg Jig bit or a right angle drill, you can use pocket holes here. If you don’t, just use 2 1/2″ Spax screws and attach the runners from the outside of the bench legs into the runners. This will leave screw holes but they can be easily covered with decorative hardware ๐Ÿ™‚

leg-bases

Now, you should have two leg bases that look like this! Notice the screw hole on the outside of the leg…we will cover that up later ๐Ÿ™‚

attach-long-aprons

Cut the long apron pieces, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the ends and attach them to the leg bases with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

attach-short-runner

Once the long aprons are in place, measure and cut the short runner to fit. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes into each end and attach it to the top of the leg runners with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The top of the short runner should be flush with the top of the leg runners.

attach-long-runner

Now, cut the long runner to size and place it under (the bench is upside down) the short runner. The long runner should extend so that it is resting on top of the leg runners.

attach-second-runner-to-bench

Hold the long runner in place with clamps and attach it with 1 1/4″ Spax screws and wood glue.

frame-on-bench-top

Almost done! Now place the bench base on top of the bottom of the bench top.

attach-frame-to-top

Center the base over the bench top and attach it with 2″ Spax screws from the bottom of the aprons into the planked top.

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Flip it over and test it out ๐Ÿ™‚

Briarsmoke Stain by Varathane

We used one coat of Briarsmoke stain by Varathane. Just wipe it on with a clean cloth, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then blend it in with a new clean cloth. It should take about an hour to dry. You can find Varathane stain HERE on Amazon.

Triple Thick by Varathane

Once the stain dried, we brushed on one coat of Triple Thick Polyurethane to protect the finish! We love this stuff because one coat equals 3 coats – which allows us to clean messes off the surface with a damp cloth!

attach-hardware

To finish the bench off and give it that Industrial look, we spray painted a few framing angles that we found at Home Depot and attached them to the top corners of the bench with hex screws (that we also spray painted)! To cover the screw holes on the bottom we attached washers and hex screwsย (also spray painted). We used Rust-Oleum Carbon Mist Universal Spray paint and you can find it HERE on Amazon.

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That was it!

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Total cost for the bench and table: $115!!! Total cost in lumber for this entire room, chalkboard, bench, table and the planked wall was under $400!!!

Want to know where we got the other items in this space. Click the links below!

Terrariums on the table: HERE

Stems: HERE

Table Runner: HERE

Chandelier: HERE

Chairs: HERE

Rug: HERE

HOME sign: Free Printables coming soon ๐Ÿ™‚

You can check out the other videos to this #shantyhousecrash by clicking the links below!

Planked Wall

Industrial Farmhouse Table

Chalkboard: Coming next week!

Check out our previous #shantyhousecrash video below!

  • Kristin

    We would love to build this bench but would like to have a back to it. It would not be placed up against a wall however. Do you have any plans or tutorials on adding a back to a bench?

  • Kayla

    What size rug is that? We are building this table as we speak! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jose Laffitte

    Thank you plan to build before thanksgiving