Hey there, everyone! I hope you hare having a wonderful Saturday! Today I’ve got a quick and easy project for you that you can put together in no time at all. I built this simple DIY rustic bench to put under my porch by the front door. I’d been wanting something to add to that particular space for a while to make it feel a little less stark and a little more homey. When I saw this bench on and the plans on Ana-White, I knew it would be perfect for my porch! The original plans make a 7′ long bench, but I easily scaled it down to a 5′ long bench. What I loved is that it was simple enough for my boys and I to build together. They love helping me build things:)
At the end of this tutorial, I’m also holding a special giveaway for one of my new favorite tools! Be sure to keep reading and enter at the bottom of this post.
I followed the cut list on the plans, making sure to cut the top of the bench and the front and back aprons to 5′, rather than 7′. I marked out where the notches are cut out in the legs and cut them using my jigsaw.
I drilled my pocket holes in the legs using my Kreg Jig (affiliate link) and then glued and clamped them. My boys attached the legs using 1 1/4″ pocket screws.
I finally got to use my new RYOBI Airstrike Narrow Crown stapler and it was awesome! I glued the aprons onto the bench and then my oldest and I used the stapler to attach it. I probably only got to shoot two or three staples in. My son sort of took over took over this part of the project. My 6 year old decided to take on the role of supervisor while we finished it up.
We had the bench put together in a matter of minutes! It was super simple and I’m glad that my boys were able to take part in the building process. Teaching them how to safely use tools at a young age will hopefully prevent accidents in the future.
I sanded the bench down, then finished it with Thompson’s Water Seal stain and sealer in Acorn Brown. I was fortunate enough to talk with some folks at the Thompson’s booth at the Haven Conference in July and they kindly sent me some to try out.
It was recommended that I try out the solid stain, because the Arizona sun is pretty harsh on wood. This bench is going to be in a shaded area, but other projects I make will probably not be so lucky:) Ironically enough, a week after I finished this bench, we broke records and had the wettest day in AZ history. The news channels called it “the storm of the century.” As you can see, my new bench fought off the rain without a problem.
I love how the bench looks on my front porch! It makes it feel so much more welcoming. I’ve got it decorated for fall right now and will be dressing it up for Christmas as well.
Are you ready for the giveaway? One lucky reader will win a RYOBI AirStrike Narrow Crown Stapler! You can use it to build your own rustic bench or for a number of other projects around the home. Note that this stapler does not come with a battery. If you own other cordless RYOBI power tools, you can use those batteries in this stapler. If you need to purchase a battery, there are a few options available. You can purchase just a battery and charger at Home Depot, but I highly recommend checking out some of the RYOBI tool sets that Home Depot offers (affiliate link). I managed to get a cordless drill and circular saw set with two batteries and a charger on sale and it was only $20 more than purchasing a battery and a charger. Plus they were tools I needed anyway! It was a win-win!
Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States ages 18 and over. Void in Alaska and Hawaii. Enter below using the Rafflecopter. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced at the end of the giveaway. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Thanks and good luck!
DISCLOSURE: RYOBI Power Tools and Thompson’s Water Seal provided products for me to sample and review; however all opinions and project ideas are my own. Please see my disclosure statement for more information.
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