A Simple to Build Bench with Lots of Style!
Benches are fun pieces to build, mainly because they can be used in any area inside or outside of the home. The DIY plans to Build a Taboreh Bench are super-simple with a hefty 2x base, curved aprons, a plain seat (the outside edges can be cut with a router), and a plain back. The bench can be built using plain pine boards for indoor use, or treated lumber for outdoor use!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
- 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 1-1/2″ nails, screws, or brad nails
- 3″ screws
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 1 – 1×6 at 4′
- 1 – 1×6 at 8′
- 1 – 1×8 at 4′
- 1 – 2×3 at 8′
- 1 – 2×4 at 4′
- 2 – 2×6 at 8′
- 2 – 2×6 at 31″ – Back Legs
- 2 – 2×3 at 17-1/4″ – Front Legs
- 2 – 2×6 at 13″ – Side Stretchers
- 2 – 2×6 at 35″ – Front & Back Stretchers
- 2 – 2×4 at 13″ – Seat Supports
- 1 – 2×3 at 38″ – Back Top
- 1 – 1×6 at 35″ – Back
- 2 – 1×6 at 40″ – Seat
- 1 – 1×8 at – 40″ – Seat
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Cut the pieces for the back legs. Draw the legs on each of the 2×6 pieces according to the dimensions in the drawing. Cut the legs using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.
Cut the pieces for the front legs and the side stretchers. Draw the arc on the lower edge of the side stretchers and cut with a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece with a pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material. Secure the side stretchers to the front and back legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers. Draw the arc on the lower edge of the front and back stretchers, and cut with a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the stretchers to the legs (locating the pieces 1″ back from the outside edge of the legs) using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the seat supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the supports to the front and back stretchers using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. The top edge of the supports will be flush with the top edge of the stretchers.
Cut the piece for the top back. Position the piece on the top of the back legs securing in place using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.
Cut the piece for the back. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end as well as one long edge. Secure to the back legs and the underside of the top using glue and 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the seat. Cut the notches in one of the 1×6 seat pieces using a jigsaw or a band saw. Secure the board the bench frame using glue and 1-1/2″ nails, screws, or brad nails.
Secure the remaining seat pieces to the frame using glue and 1-1/2″ nails, screws, or brad nails spacing the pieces 1/2″ from each other. The pieces will overhang the sides by 1″, and the front 1×6 will also overhang the front by 1″.
Finish as desired.
The bench would be a fabulous option in any room or even on a porch or deck! There are so many ways to finish this little bench and I would love to see your hard work! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Taboreh Bench? Leave a comment below!