I’m not going to make a fancy diagram for this project because it was fairly simple.
I measured the bench so it would slide right under my table. It isn’t stained or finished yet but it’s under the table because we’ve had the table in the dining room for a month without using it and I wanted to sit down and eat. I almost starte to hate my table because it was just collecting stuff but it was very rewarding to sit down on the bench and at a meal. When I got up, April pointed out I had saw dust all over my butt because I forgot to wipe the bench down before bringing it inside.
I used 7 2×4’s at 92 inches or whatever standard plank length is.
2 2x6s at seven feet
Thanks to my awesome mother-in-law Sue, I got some buttery smooth cuts with my new Craftsman table saw. It’s sweet.
If any of the directions don’t make sense, the picture shows how each piece of wood is connected.
1. I think I had 82 inches between the legs on my table so I cut two 2x4s to 79 inches. I then cut two 2x4s at 11 inches.
2. Drill some pocket holes and make a box/frame so that the 11-inch boards sit outside the 79-inch boards. This box will serve as the frame for the seat of the bench to rest on.
3. I still can’t find untreated 4x4s in Tupelo so I cut eight 2x4s at 21 inches each and used dowels and wood glue to press the boards together into four sturdy legs for the bench. Go ahead and sand all of the parts before you start putting them together.
4. Drilling pocket holes for the four legs is a little tricky but you want to make sure you are drilling from the legs into the bench frame. Make sure each leg is drilled into both the short and long board it touches. Also make sure the top of the frame and the top of the leg is flushed.
5. Measure the space between your two long boards, it should be about nine inches but don’t take my word for it. Drill your pocket holes (I did mine at an angle so I could fit my drill in the small space) and fasten your support boards evenly. I used two support boards.
6. Drill some pocket holes in the frame boards so that the screw will go up into the seat of the bench and hold it tight to the frame.
7. Now, line up your 2×12 so that you have about a quarter inch hanging over the edge of the frame and a small space in the middle or however you want it. Get someone to sit on the bench so it will stay still and crawl underneath to start sinking your pocket-hole screws. It would probably be easier to do that upside down now that I think about it.