How to Build a Rustic Bench

How to Build a Rustic Bench


I had seen this rustic entryway bench out on Pinterest so many times that I finally decided to build it. Since this is not something that I usually do (or for that matter, had ever done) it was possible that I had lost my mind! However, the instructions were so clear and easy to follow that I decided to give it a try on my first available weekend. I am glad I did!

Here is how I tackled this project:

  • Printed off the diagram with the board lengths needed.
  • Took the diagram to my local home improvement store.
  • Calculated the total length of board I needed by adding all the lengths in the diagram, divided by 12 and that is the length of the board needed. In this case, I needed a 12 foot long board.
  • Picked out a quality 2x12x12 pine board.
  • Took the board back to the cutting area and asked the store employee to cut the boards according to the diagram. (Did anyone else know they will cut boards right there in the store!?)
  • Verified as they were cut that the same size pieces matched in length.
  • Paid for my purchase.
  • Took the boards home to begin my project.Pieces of Bench
  • I already had the right size screws, the wood stain, polyurethane, brushes and a drill.
  • Then I prayed! ☺
  • I followed the directions for assembling the bench at the link above.
  • Got assistance with straightening it out from the neighbor! (Did I tell you we have incredible neighbors?)
  • Filled the screw holes with wood putty and sanded them down once dry.Bench partially done
  • Stained the entire bench.
  • Applied two coats of polyurethane.

Finished Bench

Once dry, I put it in my bedroom where I still enjoy it today!  I love the simple lines and it fits so well in our house.

by Lynn

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4 thoughts on “How to Build a Rustic Bench

    • Thanks Emily! I am so glad you liked this post. It was my first attempt at making something with wood, of that magnitude and I am so glad it turned out nice. Hope your Mom enjoys it!

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