Small Rustic Bench: A How-To

As you know, I’m a huge fan of using a bench as a guestbook. I did it for my wedding, and built another for a relative. So when Bestie C told me she was getting married (and named me MOH!) I knew I had to come up with something amazing for her. And…..this isn’t it 😉 It’s just the first of many prototypes! I had some scraps laying around in my garage and decided to try my hand at a chunky, rustic bench. This is what I came up with.

It was built, sanded, stained and sealed in less than two hours. Not bad, right? Plus it’s a great size for older kids to sit down and put on their shoes, or relax outside on the porch. I’ve been concentrating a lot on babies lately, so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to do something for those of you with bigger kids.

If you were to buy new supplies and not use scrap, I’d estimate the cost to be about $10, tops. I used my Kreg jig for this build, but you can easily do it with regular countersunk holes. I also threw in some angles to make it a little fancier, but you can skip those if you’re not ready for it quite yet. Ready to find out how easy it is to build your own? Here it is!


3 thoughts on “Small Rustic Bench: A How-To

    1. It’s a short bench, so the 5 degree cut splays the legs out just enough to add extra stability. I accounted for the angle with the stretcher

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