Josh's Homemade Bench

Super Simple DIY Bench!DIY bench… so cute + simple!Last week Josh and Sarah came to town. It was awesome. Sarah managed to squeeze in a bunch of photos of me and Trey. For our fire pit idea we realized we didn't have any pretty chairs for the shoot—mostly just our camping chairs that we accidently left out in the snow. Josh was kind enough to whip up this adorable bench for our shoot. It's such a cute bench it has already made it's way into Elsie's living room. Bench diy from subtle takeoverJosh said he'd be happy to share how he made this bench (in one afternoon!). Here's what you need:

2 pine planks 3/4 " thick 10' long at least 12" wide
Drill
Screws (Tip: get Kreg wood screws! They are usually found in the tool section of your home store. They make it possible to screw in without pre driling and they won't split the wood.)
Wood glue
Sand paper (50 and 220 grit)
Optional: paint, stain, polyurethaneWooden-bench-diyStep 1. Cut your pieces:
a. one 5' long (seat part) 
b. two 2' long (legs) (cutting in triangle notches is not necessary, but its a simple way to give the bench a bit of character.)
c. one 4' 10.5" long (support piece)Wooden benchStep 2. Glue and screw in leg one either end of support piece (hint: mark the center of both sides of the boards with a pencil making it easier to line of pieces and then screwing them together.) Making a wooden benchStep 3. Flip over and glue and screw seat piece across the middle.

Step 4. Allow glue to dry.Wooden-bench by subtle takeoverStep 5. Sand really rough spot with 50 grit then switch to 220 grit for a smooth finish.How to make a wooden-benchStep 6. Apply Stain it you prefer, let dry over night.

Step 7. apply a couple of coats of  glossy, semi glossy, or satin polyurethane depending on your preference. Sand with 220 grit between coats.Homemade bench diyStep 8. Have a seat. :)

Thank you so much Josh for whipping up this bench for us! You guys rock. xo. Emma

*Photos by Arrow and Apple

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