Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Ballard Designs Inspired X Bench

07.02.12 By //
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Another reader project request to set the blogging DIY world on fire! Frankly I agree… this has been one of my favorite accent pieces of furniture for longer than I can recall! This beauty can be upholstered from stem to stern or simply for the seat portion. For a tutorial on uholstering this piece, click here and visit Designs by Studio C for the instructions!

Estimated Cost

Under $25

Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
  • Eighth sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 3 – 1×2 at 8’
  • Scrap of 2×2 at least 17-1/4” long
  • 2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • Countersink bit for drill
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 1×2 at 27-3/16” – Base Leg
  • 4 – 1×2 at 12-13/16” – Upper Leg
  • 4 – 1×2 at 12-7/8” – Lower Leg
  • 1 – 2×2 at 17-1/4” – Stretcher
  • 2 – 1×2 ay 17-1/4″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 20-1/4” x 20-1/2” – Seat

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
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1

Cut the pieces for the base legs. Cut the angle as shown.

Cut the pieces for the upper and lower legs. Cut the angles as shown. Assemble with glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws leaving a 1-1/2” gap in the center to make the “X”. Mark the 12-13/16” end as the top. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes to attach the seat.

Layer the pieces together as shown and secure with glue and a couple of countersunk 1-1/4” screws. Locate the screws so that the pocket hole screws for the stretcher won’t interfere.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the piece for the 2×2 stretcher. Drill pocket holes in each end and secure to the center of each leg with glue and 2” pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the 1×2 stretchers. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes at each end. Attach to the legs using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.  Drill countersunk holes also to attach the leg assembly to the seat.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the legs with 1-1/4” screws through the countersunk holes in the upper stretchers.

Finishing Instructions

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

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