Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Francine Dining Bench

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Francine Dining Bench, and of course the materials listed are to construct one bench, double this baby up to build 2. Xx… Rayan

Estimated Cost 

Under $25

Dimensions for This Project

  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8’
  • 3 – 2×6 at 6’
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” screws
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 4 – 2×4 at 16-1/2” – Legs
  • 2 – 2×4 at 11-1/2” – Leg Frame
  • 2 – 2×2 at 11-1/2” – Leg Frame
  • 3 – 2×6 at 68” – Seat
  • 1 – 2×2 at 63”

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 

Cut the pieces for the legs and the leg frame. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 2×4 pieces as well as the 2×2 pieces. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 2 

Cut the pieces for the seat and drill pocket holes along one edge of two of the pieces (the last piece will not have pocket holes). Assemble as shown using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. Attach the leg frames to the seats using glue and countersunk 2-1/2” screws.

Step 3

Step 3 

 Cut the piece for the stretcher and drill pocket holes at each end. Secure to the center of the lower stretchers using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

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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