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Apr
16
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Project Details

The iconic bench, if ever there was one. Actually I can think of a few iconic benches, but this is certainly one of them! And believe me when I say this will be an easy build. No tricky cuts or fancy things, just cut and drill, then put together like a stacking tree for kiddos. 

To check out our hundreds of other free plans, visit our plan indexAs with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are perfect for beginners, others... not so much). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$25-$75
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 8 – 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 55” – Front and Back
  • 5 – 2x2 at 38” – Centers               
  • 8 – 2x2 at 10” – Ends                    
  • 18 – 2x2 at 19” – Stands    
Instructions

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut all the pieces for the Bench. At the end of each piece, drill a 1/2” hole that is centered 3/4” from each end. “Round out” each end by cutting the corners at a 3/4” radius. Drill additional 1/2” holes on noted pieces, centered. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 2

Lay down the Back piece. Insert the longer Threaded Rod into each hole and thread a Nut onto the back side of each Rod. Install the pieces as shown. The 1/2” drilled hole at the bottom of each Stand will take the shorter Threaded Rod.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 3

Continue to install pieces as shown. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 4

Keep installing!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 5

Install the Front piece. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 6

Finally, thread a Nut on the front of each Threaded Rod to secure everything into place.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

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Oct
21
2014

I modified the benches to make stools. They work great. The plans were very easy to follow and it looks awesome in the backyard...just in time for the winter, haha.

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 

About $60 for the stools and $50-60 for the table.

Length of Time 

Approx 3 days...took me longer because I couldnt do it all at one time. :)

Modifications 
Lumber Used 

White Pine

Finishing Technique 

Thompsons Waterseal

Additional Project Details 
Note
Sep
28
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches

Wonderful set of plans. Easy to follow. Easy to modify if you need to, as I did in my case. Results are very pleasing.

Beautiful Sides for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Close Up of Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Estimated Cost 

Eh, about $175, give or take

Length of Time 

About 4 Weekends plus a little after work a few nights for sanding and staining.

Modifications 

Well, there are a couple....

1. I don't like that the crossing legs on both the benches and the table were actually cut in half and attached. Therefore, I cut dado cuts into both cross pieces, glued and screwed them together for added stability.

2. My wife is an Italian and likes to have big meals with lots of peeps. Therefore, I modified the plans to push the table and benches to 8ft long rather than the original plan which is 6ft. I used a little flair in the center of the table to add the additional 2ft and break up the long lines that 8ft boards would have created. In doing so, I had to add some additional bracing on the underside to make it a bit more sturdy to support the extra length. But I didn't have to add a center support leg system.

Lumber Used 

Douglas Fur

Finishing Technique 

I used the same finish as the builder John because I like the way his photos turned out. I was not disappointed in the least. Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish. Cedar natural tone

Finished Build for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Opposite Side of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Fish Eye Wide Angle Shot of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Dec
10
2013
Reader Showcase: Wiskerface Chesapeake Bench

This Chesapeake Bench was my first large project. The photo is not as good as I would like but I hope to add better ones at a later time.

It took about 2 weeks of and on to do it and is very sturdy. The brass hardware is there for 2 reasons 1) it takes the viewers eyes away from some of the errors and it compensates for were I misplaced a couple Pocket Screws which caused a portion of wood to come apart. As I was near the completion and weather was a factor to get it done (I don't have room in my house to paint large projects)

Estimated Cost 

$50 Canadian in wood not including screws and glue.

Length of Time 

2 weeks

Modifications 

Brass Angle brackets x 8 only 1 need but i used 8 for symmetry.

Lumber Used 

1 x 3 Framing Lumber

Finishing Technique 

Behr House & Fence Wood Stain (Oil-Latex Formula Self Priming)

Nov
14
2013
Reader Showcase: Provence Beam Dining Table and Benches

I was inspired by the RH Provence 4x4 Beam plans, but wanted to try to make it more aesthetically accurate by using all beams for the base.  I made two tables (10' and 8') and two 8' benches.  I'm thinking about making chairs for the 10'.  Also, I've never used a Kreg jig, so I put it together with GRK structural screws and normal screws.

This is the unfinished 10' table showing the all beam base.

 

I assembled the top directly on the base and screwed in from below.

All 4x4 Base Detail
Top Clamping Detail
Estimated Cost 

Each table cost about $275 each ($225 for lumber / $50 for the structural screws).  Each bench cost around $175.

Lumber Used 

Redwood.

Finishing Technique 

Penofin Marine Oil.

Aug
19
2013
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Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build Provence Beam Benches! Several of you have built benches to match your Provence Beam Dining Tables (plans for those are listed just below), like you see in this Builders Showcase: Provence Beam Dining and Benches, but we never officially posted the plans. Now the rest of you who are interested in having the matching set can do just that without having to hurt your brain with the math involved! This plan includes 2 options, one for a shorter bench that can be doubled up on each side of your table, just like you see in this Reader Showcase... and also a larger version if you prefer a single bench on either side! Yahoo! The benches are constructed in exactly the same manner. The longer bench is the one shown in the drawings, as noted, so be sure to check the cut list for each bench for dimensions. Xx... Rayan

Plans for the tables:

Free Furniture Plans to Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Provence Beam Dining Table

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Restoration Hardware Inspired 8' Provence Beam Dining Table

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Provence Beam Dining with 4x4's

 

Estimated Cost

$25-$50

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig 
Lumber

For the longer bench:

  • 5 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x4 at 10’
  • 3 – 2x6 at 10’

For the shorter bench:

  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 2x6 at 6’
Materials
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” screws
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List

For either bench:

  • 4 – 2x4 at 15-7/16” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x4 at 11-3/4” – Side Frame Connector
  • 2 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Side Stretchers

For the longer bench:

  • 3 – 2x4 at 93” – Seat Supports
  • 1 – 2x4 at 97” – Stretcher
  • 2 – 2x4 at 22-5/8” – Trusses
  • 3 – 2x6 at 120” – Seat

For the shorter bench:

  • 3 – 2x4 at 40” – Seat Supports
  • 1 – 2x4 at 37” – Stretcher
  • 2 – 2x4 at 12-3/16” – Trusses
  • 3 – 2x6 at 60” - Seat
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut a 9 degree bevel in each end (opposite of each other). Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in one end as indicated in the drawings.

Step 1
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the connector. Secure the legs using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. The frames will resemble an “A” shape.

Step 2
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and cut a 9 degree angle in each end. Drill pocket holes in each end as shown. Position as shown (3” up from the floor) then secure using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. The outside face of the stretchers will be flush with the outside edge of the legs.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the seat supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the connectors as shown using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. The boards will be spaced at approximately ¾”.

Step 4
Step 5

 Cut the piece for the stretcher and drill pocket holes at each end. Position the stretcher so it is centered on the side stretchers, then secure using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 5
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the trusses and cut the angles in each end as shown. Also, drill pocket holes in each end. Position the trusses so that they are centered on the center seat support as well as centered on the stretcher. Secure to the support with the edge flush with the side of the connector piece. (see the drawing)

Step 6
Step 6
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the seat. Lay the boards out on a flat surface and position the seat frame on top of it. There will be a 10” overhang at each side. Secure the frame to the seat boards using countersunk 2-1/2” screws from the underside into the seat boards. Make sure to use plenty of screws to catch all three pieces!

Step 7
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Knock Offs 
Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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