Happy Monday!!

I am so excited to finally be sharing this DIY bench with you guys today!

Ana and I worked together on my Fancy X Farmhouse Table a few months back and it has been a hit!  It’s such a great table for the money, and is so versatile too.  I made mine for my back patio, but it would also make an amazing indoor dining table.

Since then the temperatures have been well over 100, and I have had no desire to sit outside!  When I heard the weatherman say they were dropping, I immediately told Ana I was ready!  Now the perfect table has some perfect matching benches!

DIY Bench - Farmhouse Style

I will share a few tips from my build here, and you can see the full set of plans for this great bench on Ana White’s site!

These are really easy instructions!  Basically… You build three ‘X’ bases for each bench, and then you attach them.  The base construction is very simple.  All cuts are straight or 45 degrees.

I used Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails for all of my joints on the bases!

Once you have done those, you attach them with your 1×3’s.  I opted to go a bit smaller and have mine push fully under the table.  I will be adding metal chairs to the ends of the table, and I wanted to leave lots of room on each end.  If you want your benches longer or shorter, you would modify the length of these pieces.  I attached mine with my Kreg Jig®.  I made sure to keep all of my pocket holes on one side of the bench.  That will be the side of the bench that faces the table, so I didn’t have to worry about filling my pocket holes.

Now for the top planks!

Again… If you want the bench a different size, you would modify the length of these as well!  I decided that I wanted to attach these with my Kreg Jig® as well.  Once I constructed each ‘X’ base, I put 3 pocket holes on the top end of one side of each base like this.

That is a picture of the bases connected to the seat planks using Kreg Jig® using pocket hole screws.  If you don’t own a Kreg Jig® (you should;-)), you can countersink wood screws from the top of the bench into the base, and fill with wood putty before finishing.

One more detail shot..

My final step before staining was adding the small support pieces on the bottom.  I used wood screws on this part.

That’s it!  For my stain, I used the same stain I used on the table.  It is an outdoor semi-transparent stain that is tinted to espresso.  I found it at Lowe’s.  You just paint the stuff on, and you are done!

Now the math!  Total cost for lumber on each bench… Under $35 a bench!  Woohooooo!  That makes the cost for the table and both benches under $140 all together.  Now that fits my shanty budget quite well!

How great would this DIY bench be in an entry way or dining room?  LOVE.

DIY Bench - Farmhouse Style

DIY Bench - Farmhouse Style

DIY Bench - Farmhouse Style

Hope you love it as much as I do!!  There will be LOTS of dinners and fun at this DIY bench.  Thanks so much Ana White for working with me on these!  Can you tell I am pleased??

Remember to check out the full set of plans for these easy DIY benches over at Ana-White.com!

You can also check out my Fancy X Farmhouse Table right HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  1. I love this bench and really want to make one for my porch. I have a super novice question…What is the best way to make the 45 degree cuts without any large power tools…can it be done? Thanks!

  2. I totally agree with you shanty and with this bench
    of yours, lovers surely love to stay on this bench and make lots of memory…

  3. Just have to tell you sweet ladies that as I have been following your blog, I have become truly inspired. I’ve always dreamed of making my own furniture but was paralyzed by my fear of tools/lack of know how. WELL, I have just enrolled in a woodworking class at our local adult. cont. ed. and the first 4 classes are all about tools, use, and safety. I am so looking forward to the project I will be making (when I choose it). Thank you both for sharing talent and ideas which have given me that push to go for it!

    1. Robin… This is so great! Totally made my day! I think you will be surprised at how ‘not scary’ it all is! Can’t wait to see your first project, and thank you so much for your sweet message!

    1. Good Holly! It really is easier than assembling box furniture from a store in my opinion! Thanks for your message! 😉

  4. I LOVE this! I am trying to have my husband make the table for inside our home. What would you suggest for indoor chairs. I love your aesthetic and my husband won’t start this project until I find six chairs that compliment the table. TIA!

    1. I love the chair I purchased for my desk at World Market. Here is the link… http://www.worldmarket.com/product/jackson-metal-tub-chair.do?sortby=ourPicksAscend&page=2&from=fn
      I think that would be super cute. I also think for a fancier look, you could go with fabric parsons chairs. I couldn’t because my kiddos would destroy them, but I do love the look. Hope this helps! 🙂

  5. Beautiful!!! Did you put any kind of protective clear coat on the table or benches? I really need to make this picnic set!!!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I didn’t…. The stain said stain and finish all in one, so I took it at its word ;-)) Good luck making yours!

  6. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I’m getting married Oct 27th and we desperately need a table. This is perfect because we will be moving to his father’s ranch to manage the farming of avocados and this table is exactly the style I was looking for. This will be our first project 🙂

      1. Really, she talks about you ALL the time and builds stuff just like you. Every time I go to her house, she has something new to show me that she built or refinished.

          1. I love this look! Amazing job! Will you please email me the plans/ dimensions to the table and bench since Ana White’s site is unavailable? Thank you!