Old Farmhouse Bench

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Project by fletchs posted 11-13-2009 06:31 PM 5265 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some of my first attempts at woodworking. I know I can’t touch most of the people here, but I am loving wood working so far. These benches / coffee table (I didn’t make the kitchen table) are just 2X4 pine construction, thats why I painted them. I just painted, distressed and sealed with acrylic. There are no screws or fasteners, just biscuits and dowels and glue. All of the work was done sitting on the floor of my garage. The wife wanted old farmhouse looking furniture so this was the result. She likes them, I guess thats what matters most.

Any tips and feedback greatley appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 08:11 PM

they look great. i made some like this about 2 years ago also painted they are still in use today
funny thing i made mine also on the floor of my garage
make that coffee table 2 feet taller and you will have a bench

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 11:24 PM

Looks like you made her happy, they look good. Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 11:43 PM

Nice looking bench!

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 12:08 AM

Great group of projects. well done.


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#5 posted 11-14-2009 12:16 AM

They are great. I just finished something similar for the garden (yes, in november… Go figure). They are great value for the money as well as great practice.

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 12:44 AM

Nive work. I like the 5 degree angles on the legs. I might suggest that if you are going toleave any of these outside, you will want to use exterior glue. I am a big fan of West Marine Epoxy or similar.


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 01:01 AM

Keep the wife happy. The are a great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 01:07 AM

Well done. Woodworking is the enjoyment of working with wood. A project does not have to be complex to enjoy it. Again nicely done. Thanks for posting.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 01:08 AM

Those look great, and they met the objectives of design, function and durability. In my opinion, if you hit those, it doesn’t matter if they started as 2x’s!

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 05:53 AM

Great Lookin Job Like the Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 11-14-2009 07:30 AM

Nice job on all…....keep the little woman happy! I made some similar 2×4 window benches for plants to sun themselves on.

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 11-14-2009 08:52 AM

There is no time like the present to get out now. I feel like I was born with a board in my hand and then it went across the rump area in my younger days and th into my heart.
I started banging nails on the farm since I could walk and went into woodworking watching the New Yankee Workshop and got all tied up in power tools. Over the years I have a passion for doing things by hand. I wish it would have been the other way around. Woodworking has keep the devil out of my hands and mind for many years and I hope that it will be fulfilling and a part of yours. If it is power or hand tools good luck. Keep up the good work and a remember, “When mommy is happy everyody is happy”

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#13 posted 11-15-2009 12:47 AM

Be proud of your work. You’ve got a whole stylin’ thing going on there. I love ‘em.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#14 posted 12-23-2009 04:54 PM

Happy wife – happy life! I do the same type of woodworking. Like you, I do not think my things begin to compare with the exquisite work I see on this site. But, my wife really likes the stuff I make and she keeps asking me to build more so that is what I do. Something between country and primitive. Great job on your part!

-- Richard

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