It is obvious I love reclaimed wood, and crates, but maybe you didn't know I also have a thing for benches too.
Sometimes I wonder if the people that threw this wood away would ever imagine that it could be this cute?! Probably not. It's all good, I have no problem with getting their trash and turning it into a treasure, for FREE!
"Sign and Chalkboard in One"? My kids have loved writing messages on it all summer.
So, do you want to make one? Well then, let's get started!
I cut the wood for this bench several weeks ago, and when I went to use my air compressor, it was dead. I was so frustrated, because I was so excited to build it. Fast forward to last week, and a new air compressor.
I am sure I took more pictures of the cutting process, but they are totally MIA. And so I tried to give you descriptions on the photos I had. I personally think it is easier to understand by looking at the pictures, but I wrote descriptions too.
First, I determined the bench length I wanted, and cut the side piece to that length (mine was approx. 32 inches short point to short point, that is the top part), with the 10 degree miter on the ends. I also determined my height (approx 19 inches), and cut my legs (which were the support boards to a fence) from the 2x4's.
As you can see I laid the legs out and placed the top end of the side piece flush with the outside end of the leg. I then placed the board for the top of my bench and marked the length for the cut.
I hope this is making since, it is my way of building without a plan and figuring the cuts and measurements as I go, I guess I could try to write up a plan, but life seems a little too crazy for me to add that to my plate!
Once all the pieces are cut it is time for the fun part, the build! Except if your air compressor breaks....then you wait, or just build without it, which you totally could do, skipping the nails and just using screws.
I started by gluing and nailing one side piece to the legs. Make sure your legs are going the right direction and lean into the center, it can get confusing! When I finished cutting the legs I stood them all up together and marked the very center points so I didn't have to figure it out later, you can see an example in my "I turned an end table into a desk" post, just scroll down to where I make the stool.
I will be linking to these parties.