DIY Faux Reclaimed Wood Waterfall Benches

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I wanted waterfall benches that looked like the West Elm Emmerson benches without the price tag. So, I decided to build my own! The entire thing is constructed with pine, but I stained the boards different colors to give them more of a reclaimed, rustic look. The main premise was to create a sturdy base from 2x4s and then to "plate" it with the stained wood (1x4"s).
I used a kreg jig to create the top of the bench. Measurements could be adjusted, but I made it the size that I wanted with 3 extra cross beams. These are for stability but also will allow the 1x4" wood covering to have somewhere to screw into.
These are the legs of the base. They are just 2x4s screwed together to create 2 rectangles.
The assembled base of the bench.
Staining wood (for the table and the benches) 4 different colors.
We attached the 1x4s on all sides to "plate" the benches
I wanted big black screws to continue with the rustic look.
Here is the bench with the table.
Final product (we made 2)
Resources for this project:
1 in. x 4 in. x 6 ft. S4S Red Oak Board (2-Pack)
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Morgan McBride
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  • Superbee Superbee on Jun 02, 2018

    Pardon my ignorance but what is West Elm?? I keep seeing that phrase.

  • Sonya Garbin Dorico Sonya Garbin Dorico on Jun 02, 2018

    Gorgeous. Did you do the same building principle for the table?

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