Farmhouse Benches

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Project by cassiet717 posted 10-13-2013 05:00 AM 2298 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always loved the idea of benches at the dining table (easier to clean under & around, and more room to squish in my favorite people), and these little beauties from Ana White's plans fit perfectly at my handed-down table.

I live in a sweet little cottage-style home in northern AZ, and while the outside of my house has it’s share of charm, the inside is pretty builder-grade. And boy did the builder like oak! Oak cabinets. Oak trim. Oak doors. Oak floors. And lucky for us, it just so happens that almost all our furniture is… oak. In a small house it’s easy to get overwhelmed with so much of the same color wood, so I took the opportunity in building my benches to try to break it up a little. I painted the bases antique white to break up the flooring and table, and lightly distressed the edges. Then I finished the tops in my own mix of Minwax Walnut and Golden Oak stain hoping to add variation without clashing.

A couple months later and they’re still holding us up, so I’m happy with them!

-- CassieT

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 09:04 AM

These look wonderful Cassie. I think your floor might be cherry instead of oak.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 10:29 AM

Good job.

Ana is a cool lady. Wish she would join us here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-13-2013 12:01 PM

Looks great!!! I have the same problem in my house…lots of wood!..i too have been trying to add some color…Hey give this a try…Zinsser amber shellac….it will tint without the blending of different colors…I got to build a hutch for wifey for Christmas..yep white with a wood top..


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#4 posted 10-13-2013 12:26 PM

Very attractive and nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-13-2013 01:33 PM

Great job.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 10-13-2013 01:59 PM

Simple, functional, perfect.
These look great

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#7 posted 10-13-2013 05:30 PM

Great job and really cool

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 10-13-2013 06:50 PM

looks great. How did you attach the top of the bench to the legs?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#9 posted 10-14-2013 01:56 AM

Nice job!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#10 posted 10-14-2013 05:52 AM

Thanks for the comments!
Palaswood – I just attached the tops with countersunk screws, then filled the holes. You can see the circles if you look for them, but I was still pretty pleased with how smooth the seat is. I could have probably attached them from the bottom with pocket holes though.

-- CassieT

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#11 posted 10-15-2013 02:38 PM

Nice work, thanks for sharing.

-- Jake, Papillion, Nebraska

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