I’ve teamed up with Kreg Tool Company and am very excited to show you how to build this DIY farmhouse entryway bench!
This bench has a classic farmhouse inspired design. The black iron pipe really sets it off and completes the design, letting this piece complement several design aesthetics! It also fits in beautifully with the freshly installed board and batten wainscoting in our entryway.
Here are the tools and items I used for the project:
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DIY Farmhouse Entryway Bench
- Rough Cuts
- Bench Top
Entryway Bench Rough Cuts
I start off by picking out my boards and chopping everything to rough length on the miter saw. Typically, I add an inch to the overall length of each piece at this phase.
Next, I head over to the table saw and rip my boards to their rough widths, which is about 1/4″ wider than the final size needed.
Legs for Entryway Bench
Since the legs are 2×2 and all of my oak stock is roughly 5/4, I’ll have to glue up a few boards to make the legs. I start by running my stock through the planer until I have at least one surface that is flat. I don’t bother making both surfaces perfect at this time.
With all of my boards for the legs planed, I grab my clamps and get started grain matching the boards and gluing them up. Be sure that the end grain is going in opposite directions to deter the piece from warping over time.
After the glue has cured, these pieces are planed just shy of their final dimensions and then run through the drum sander.
The last step is to cut the ends to the proper angles and set them somewhere safe until assembly.
The bench top is a fairly straight forward piece that requires a simple glue up. I’ll plane the boards until I have a surface that’s flat enough to not rock while I run it through the table saw.
With the boards flat, I use my glue line rip blade and cut the boards as smoothly as possible.
Next I’ll glue up the bench top, making sure that the end grain of the boards are flipped.
After the glue has cured, I’ll plane and sand the board to final thickness. After this, I rip and cross cut to it’s final size.
Farmhouse Bench Base
After the remaining pieces are milled to their overall sizes, I drill for pocket holes as shown in the plans.
Next, I’ll set up on the drill press and make the 3/4″ holes for the short apron and center stretcher as detailed in the plans.
The final detail before assembly is using my biscuit joiner to cut slots in the long apron for the z-clips to locate into. I recommend against just cutting a slot with the table saw as a continuous long cut will weaken the board.
Farmhouse Entryway Bench Assembly
Note: For hardwoods use fine thread screws; for softwoods use coarse thread screws.
Before actually starting to assemble, I sand the bench up to 220. Doing this now just makes life easier.
I start the assembly process by building the two legs. I use clamps to hold the legs and short apron into position while running screws into place.
Double check the position of the legs at this step, making sure the miters on top of the leg are oriented correctly.
Next, I assemble the stretchers as shown in the plans. Then I fit the black iron pipe into the 3/4″ holes drilled in the short apron and center stretcher.
With the stretcher in position, I use a small impact driver and socket wrench with a 1/4″ socket to drive the pocket hole screws in place.
I then clamp the long apron in place and secure it with screws.
With the bench top laid on my work bench facing down, I position the base so that it’s centered on the top. I grab the z-clips and slip them into the slots made with my biscuit joiner, then secure them with the provided screws.
Finishing Entryway Bench
This is my first time working with Varathane Weathered Wood product and the wife and I are very happy with the color! Simply brush it on and walk away. After about 2 hours the product was fully cured and it was time to apply finish.
I used Osmo PolyX-Oil for this farmhouse entryway bench and the results are simply awesome! This product adds depth to the bench without building up tons of layers or adding unwanted sheen. It’s also super easy to apply, which makes it a great candidate for this metal and wood project!
Go Build One!
Well, what do you think? Ready to build one for your home or office? Head over to buildsomething.com, Kreg’s DIY project plan site, and get to it! Make sure you snap a photo and tag Woodshop Mike (#woodshopmike) to share your build!
As always, if you have any questions, let me know. And until next time, have fun making something!
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