DIY Shaker Bench

I've been feeling the itch to build something lately.  I moved the furniture around in my bedroom and with the extra space I created, it was time to build a bench for the foot of my bed.






All I needed to buy was two 12"x36" pine boards,one 1"x4"x8' and one 1"x2"x8".  I got the 12x36 boards from the Pine Shop at Home Depot because they're factory sanded, kiln dried so they don't shrink and warp and the boards make for a nicer finished product overall.  It's a little more expensive but worth it for a piece of furniture I intend to keep for a very long time.



I'm not going to bore you with all the details of how I built this since Ana White has a full tutorial on her site if you want to build one.  (She calls it her 5 Board Bench.) I modified the plan a bit to shrink it down to a 36" length and to add the crosspiece for support. 
I also preferred to attach the side pieces along the edge of the seat and to cut the angle for the side pieces starting at the lower edge of the seat plank instead of the top edge.
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I couldn't decide whether to paint or stain the bench but since it's easier to paint over stain than to scrape paint off and then stain, I went with the stain. 



It took me less than an hour to cut and assemble this bench.  I love it!

As you might have guessed, I'm not blogging much anymore.  I will share things from time to time but my days of regular posts are behind me.  Thanks for sticking with me over all the years I've been creating and sharing - your comments and goodwill have truly inspired me and helped me to get through this house renovation project!



14 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, great project, it looks beautiful! I'm curious, how come you've decided not to blog as much? I loved all your posts!

    Tania

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  2. Anne ... shall miss your posts. Love your style.

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    1. Thank you Sharon! and thanks for your support, too! xo

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  3. I was so happy to see a post by you this morning! I've really enjoyed your blog and felt encouraged by your determination and hard work to transform your house. I hope you continue to share once in awhile. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Gayle! I'm so glad folks are still following!! I'm in the midst of replacing windows on my house... the work never ends lol! I'm sure I'll have something to share before too long. Thanks for hanging in there with me! xo

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  4. I was also happy to see your post today!! Wondered where you've been, always love your projects and your energy!! How are the fur babies?? Don't stay away for too long.....xoxo

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    1. Aww thanks Cleo! Everybody is happy and healthy and enjoying summer weather! Have a great week xo

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  5. Love the bench. I agree with others that it's nice to see a post from you again. I hope you don't go away forever. It's been great to follow along as you renovate your home. You've inspired me so much, Anne. Hugs, Nancy

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  6. I keep checking in to see if you have posted too. I'm glad you're back at it. Cute bench. :)

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  7. I love this bench and it is perfect at the foot of your bed!....I am sure there are people who will be asking for you to make them one too!...I see so many purposes for this bench....Beautiful job Anne!....great to "see" you! I am taking a break from packing and staging! Have a great week!!! Happy Summer! BTW, my sister is in Prince Edward Island visiting and is loving it!

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  8. I did not know that about the HD Pine shop, but getting wood that is ready to go, even if it cost a little more sure can save a lot of time and energy. Love the bench and the stain color!! So glad you share with us. xo

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  9. This is so cute Anne. I tell ya you are great with tools. Looks great.
    Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  10. It was good to see a post from you Anne and as usual what you have created is wonderful. I struggle too to write and read blogs. Sarah. x

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  11. You are amazing!

    I love that little bench.

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