The Little Bench With Great Ambitions

9 Materials
$50
2 Hours
Easy

Hi guys!


Here is a fun project for those who start with woodworking.


My 28 year old son wanted to learn so I helped him to build his first wood project! I guided him, but he did everything himself, except for the stain and the cushions.

the little bench with great ambitions


Do not be fooled by its ordinary look ... Things are not always what they seem to be!


The only things you need for this project is :



  • Electric drill.
  • Some screws 2" long.
  • #8 bit.
  • 1/8" drill bit.
  • Saw (if you don't have one, ask your local wood store (like Home Depot) to cut the wood for you.
  • 2 or 3 hours of your time!
the little bench with great ambitions

If you have to go through your hardware store to have them cut what you need... Here's what you should be asking for... If you have the tool (miter saw, round saw, etc.) I would encouraged you to mark and cut, instead of measuring and cut. It will save you a lot of troubles and pain!

the little bench with great ambitions

So, first things first, screw the seating planks (B) to the legs (D).


Always use a drill bit to make a pre-hole to prevent the wood from splitting.


Make sure the 2 external edges of each parts are totally aligned.

the little bench with great ambitions


the little bench with great ambitions

Screw the "crossbar" (C) on both seating planks (B) to maintain them together.

the little bench with great ambitions

Screw the 3 remaining parts (C) on both sides of the bench.

the little bench with great ambitions

And finally, do the same thing to the front and the back of the bench with planks (A).

the little bench with great ambitions
the little bench with great ambitions

Personally, I chose to stain it with black opaque exterior stain so that it matches my decor. You are free to choose your color or leave it on the natural wood.


Voilà ! You're done !


But wait ... There is a backrest on the first picture... Ah! It's magic!


I added a shelf with folding supports. My little bench looks like a sofa most of the time, but may turn into a lunch area when we have guests. The children are too happy to be able to eat there. It's their little secret place!

the little bench with great ambitions


the little bench with great ambitions

I made a skirt and cushions for the bench to complete his "sofa" look.

the little bench with great ambitions

Hope you enjoyed this post.


Have a great summer!

the little bench with great ambitions
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2 questions
  • Sandi Fisher
    on Jul 17, 2019

    Your directions and color code illustrations are inspiring ! Were/Are you a teacher ?

  • Jean
    on Jul 17, 2019

    It is so cute. But I don’t understand the back of it. How did you put it on the bench. ? Thanks 🙏🏼

    • [re]FɄB19
      on Jul 17, 2019

      Thanks!!


      The backrest is not attached to the bench. They are both seperate items. It is only an optical illusion. The folding shelf, being close to the bench, creates the illusion of a bench with a backrest. I could move my bench somewhere else if needed, but not the shelf/backrest. Am I clear or not at all??? 😁

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  • Dee
    on Jul 22, 2019

    Just SUPPER clever.



  • Charise.
    6 hours ago

    This is piece is BOMB! From a simple design, comes a fabulous piece. And, nothing screams clean, cool elegance like black and white stripes. Kudos to you for raising a son with the desire to do anything...let alone use a hammer and drill. Nicely done!

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