5 Board Bench

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Project by Fun With Woodworking posted 09-18-2013 04:05 AM 3700 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister recently bought a used table on Craigslist but it only came with 3 chairs so she asked me to make her a bench for it. Her only request was that it be 17” tall and flat black to match the other chairs. I did some looking around on the web and found the traditional 5 board bench design. I also found Charles Neil’s video on YouTube and figured that I could build a variation on that design. It also gave me an excuse to try out the new bandsaw. It is 36” wide, 17” tall, and 11” wide. I painted it a flat black and gave it some light distressing. The top and sides have 4 coats of satin polyurethane and the rest of the bench has 3 coats.

You can follow the build on my website at:

You can download a free sketchup file of this project in the downloads section of my web site.

You can also watch a video of me building it here:

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 12:33 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 12:51 PM

Very nice work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 03:26 PM

Excellent! It looks like it was quick work.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 03:32 PM

The flat black enhances the design. Nice job!

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 07:57 PM

Sleek and sturdy bench. Like the design and color. Great job! I’m sure your sister likes it.


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