Today I am sharing a French Bench from Repurposed Barstool legs!
I really enjoyed doing this project and I love how it turned out! This was one of my contributor posts at My Repurposed Life last spring...so don't think it is all green and pretty here...trust me, we are still buried in snow and cold.
The tops were in pretty rough shape and I had no need for them, but the legs...oh the legs! They were high quality hard wood and over 32 years old (they had belonged to my friends mother), so I knew they could live out another long life with a different purpose. :)
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I marked the center and got out my Ryobi Circular Saw to cut them in half. Since my blade, at it's longest setting, didn't cut all the way through I just used my Ryobi Jig Saw to finish it off! Done!
X Arbor with Bench to make a bench top. I set the top boards down (2 2x6's and 1 2x3) then positioned the legs so I could measure for the supports boards. I marked and cut two 2x2's for the side supports (left over from my X planters) and one 2x4 for the middle support.
Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig to drill pocket holes and then attached the two leg sets together. I love to use gorilla wood glue and clamp everything tight to drill in my pocket hole screws.
Ryobi Jig Saw.
Shoe Cubby Dresser) and also some dowels that I decided to add at the last minute.
The legs had holes in them from the metal bar, and I used a drill bit a little bigger than my dowels to drill into the hole and make them the right angle for adding dowel across the length of the bench. Above, in the bottom left photo you can see on one set of legs I had to drill higher so the dowels could cross in the center. I used wood glue in the holes added some nails through the legs to secure them. I also nailed them in the center where they cross.
I thought the legs gave the piece a french look so I pulled out my stencils. Since I used my other french stencils on my French Inspired Piano Bench Makeover, I decided to try the french script stencil. I ended up just doing the center board.
I did seal the top with three coats of poly, sanding between coats 1 and 2 with 400 grit sand paper for a nice smooth finish.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with the other two bar stool legs! Any ideas?
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