Hey there! As, promised, I am back with the matching benches to my Outdoor Dining Table! If you missed the free plans and the Outdoor Table tutorial, you can see it HERE! The benches are so great with the table but they would make great stand-alone benches too!
And, of course, FREE Printable Plans! You can click HERE or the image below to print your own 🙂
I also have the step-by-step tutorial and pictures to help you as you go! If you built the table, it’s basically the same idea on a smaller scale. Both the table and the benches are very easy to build so let’s get to work!
Here are the two boards for the top of the bench and you can see that I have circled all of the pocket holes. The boards won’t attach in the middle (they need space between them since they will be outside) so there are only pocket holes towards the outer edges to attach the trim).
I measured for the trim and then cut it (45 degrees on both ends – not parallel). To attach the trim to the planks, I used 1.5″ Kreg pocket hole screws and wood glue. You don’t have to clamp here but it does make it easier if you are limited to your own hands 😉
Then, I attached them to the benches with 2.5″ wood screws. ( I like to use the Spax screws from Home Depot so that I don’t have to pre drill but they are pricey. Standard wood screws will work fine here too.) I also added the top stretcher here with 2.5″ wood screws.
It’s a tight area, so I used my Ryobi Right Angle Drill and a short Kreg driver to attach but you could also use 2.5″ wood screws and drill them through the sides of the legs and cover the holes with wood filler.
I applied 1-coat of Rust-Oleum Carrington stain with a clean cloth, let it sit for 5-minutes then blended it wit a new, clean cloth. Rust-Oleum is hands-down our favorite stain because it is 1-coat, looks super rich and it dries in 1 hour! Perfect for busy mommas and daddies 😉
After the stain dried, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander to distress all of the edges! This isn’t a must – we just like our furniture to look a little old 🙂
And, because I only spent $125 on the ENTIRE set, I was able to splurge on a set of chair (from World Market), pillows (from Target – outdoor) and a centerpiece!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!