Build this easy DIY industrial farmhouse bench with structural lumber with these full tutorial and plans. This bench is perfect for indoors or outdoors and is a great beginner woodworking project!
Isn’t it amazing how inspiration is everywhere!
Like this bench.
I first saw it in a park. It didn’t quite look like this though – it was all wood, not as chunky, painted green, and sadly, falling apart.
But I thought the lines looked cool! Especially the legs and the crossbar, and it would be fun to build a similar bench.
That is how this bench came about!
I decided to use all structural lumber to give a chunky look and replaced the crossbar with chains for that industrial feel.
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The bench is 17½” tall, 45″ wide, and 11″ wide. You can download the plans by clicking below.
Let’s get building!
How to build an industrial farmhouse bench
Step 1 – Make the cuts
Cut lumber to size per the cut list in the plans. Details of how to cut the U-shaped piece are in the plans. To cut the tapered legs, mark and draw the taper line.
Cut along this line using a table saw, Jigsaw or a circular saw. I used my circular saw.
Step 2 – Assemble bench top
Assemble the bench top using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws. Make sure the two boards are level.
Step 3 – Attach legs and chain support
Attach legs to the bench top with wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.
Also, attach the U-shaped piece to the middle of the bench top using wood glue and 2½” pocket hole screws.
Step 4 – Prepare the bench and chains.
Fill all pocket holes, sand, and stain and/or paint, and finish as desired. I stained the bench with Varathane’s Briarsmoke and spray painted the chain hardware matte black.
Step 5 – Attach chains
Attach chains from the legs to the side of the U-shaped piece. The screw hook is 1″ from the bottom edge of the U-piece and 6″ from the bottom of the leg.
Simple and easy!
Don’t forget to download the plans by clicking below.
The best thing about this bench is that it can be used indoors or outdoors. It makes a great entryway bench, dining bench or a bench out in the backyard. Don’t you love versatile furniture like that?!
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