2x4 Bench: A cheap Pottery Barn knock-off

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 12-28-2014 07:19 PM 2757 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister-in-law sent a picture of a bench and asked if I could make one to go in her entryway. The legs on it would’ve required compound angles, which I didn’t really want to deal with so I looked for other similar benches online and found one by Pottery Barn in which the legs were only angled in one direction, not two.

So I set about to make it using the pictures from the Pottery Barn website as reference. I used only 2×4’s since I can’t afford to pay for any nicer wood at this point. I used 2×4’s I already had on hand and also a couple from my neighbor who was moving and getting rid of some.

The things I liked about the original bench from Pottery Barn were the angled legs with through tenons and the breadboard ends on the top so I decided to keep those elements and go about the tenons and breadboards using traditional joinery. Plus, it would be good practice.

She also wanted it stained the color of drift wood to match other things in her place. This video is my attempt to make a knock-off version similar to the Pottery Barn bench.

Watch the video here:

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 01:10 PM

Nice and stout. Nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 03:28 PM

Watched your video, you did a very nice job.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 01:25 AM

Great bench—I’m sure your SIL will really enjoy it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 02:20 AM

Man, you need a stand for your chop saw!
Nice bench. I liked the video.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 05:17 PM

Thanks all for the comments!

MT_Stringer: I know. I’ll probably wait till I get a nicer saw, though!

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