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Wooden Bench or Table

Classic style with a simple twist makes this bench a perfect fit in your home. You can also use it as an end table.

One-Board Bench

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Circular saw and right-angle guide
  • Jigsaw
  • Cordless drill and driver bit
  • 1/8-in drill bit
  • Painter’s tape
  • Painting supplies
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sanding sponge


  • See Project Diagram for lumber required
  • 1-1/2-in flathead wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Rust-Oleum oil stain, half-pint, Carrington
  • Rust-Oleum, semi-gloss polyurethane
  • Sherwin Williams latex interior primer
  • Sherwin Williams latex paint, Cloudburst, #SW 6487

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Step 1

From a 12-foot-long pine board cut the seat (A), legs (B), and the two 36-inch-long blanks for the braces (C) (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). Sand the parts with 150-grit sandpaper.

Good to Know

To make the cuts accurately, use a circular saw, a circular saw with a right-angle guide, a sliding miter saw, or a handsaw.

Step 2

A clamp holds the leg of the bench while you drive screws.

Glue and clamp one end of a leg to the bottom face of the seat at one end (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Drill countersunk pilot holes and drive 1-1/2-inch-long screws through the seat into the leg. Remove the clamp, and repeat for the second leg.

Step 3

Position and mark the top of the brace.

Mark a line 2 inches from the end of the seat on the top edge (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Place one of the brace blanks (C) on the bench side with one edge aligned with the 2-inch mark.

Step 4

Position and mark the bottom of the brace.

At the opposite end of the brace blank, adjust where the blank meets the leg so the edge of the blank meets the bottom of the leg at the inside corner and the end of the blank meets the side of the leg. Now trace along the outside edges of the legs and seat where the brace needs to be cut to match the shape of the bench.

Step 5

Secure the brace to the seat and of the bench with glue and screws.

Cut the brace with a jigsaw and sand the cut edges (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Apply glue to the bench and position the brace back on the legs and seat. Drill pilot holes, and screw the brace in place.

Good to Know

Although the brace should have a 20-degree cut on each end, slight variations in any cuts and assembly up to this point will affect the dimensions and cause the brace to not fit properly if you simply measured and cut angles without checking first. Placing the board in position and tracing the lines provides the most accurate fit.

Step 6

Flip the bench over and repeat for the second brace.

Step 7

Apply painter’s tape to the bench so you can paint the interior surfaces. Then prime and paint the interior, and allow it to dry. Remove the tape, mask off the painted faces, and apply wood stain to the remainder of the bench.

Step 8

One board plus one day equals one great-looking bench or end table even a novice can build. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

When the stain has dried, remove the painter’s tape and apply semi-gloss polyurethane to the entire bench to protect the finish. Lightly sand the polyurethane with a fine-grit sanding sponge and apply a second coat of the semi-gloss finish.