Built: rustic bench with painted numbers:
Built to fit her dining table, the bench measures 64" long.
I used plans from Ana White here and adjusted the cuts for the longer bench.
My friend had the idea to add the numbers 1 - 4, she has 4 kids:
And here's the fourth little one getting his first try on the bench:
Here's how I made the bench:
1. Cut pieces as per Ana's plans here adjusting the length for 64":
2. Using a Kreg jig (my newest tool, a gift from a very special friend!! thank you),
Drill the pocket holes in all apron pieces:
I might have gone overboard with the pocket holes in the long aprons but you should place them every 6" - 8".
3. Assemble the legs:
4. Assembly complete:
5. Sand and stain one coat Minwax Ipswich Pine.
Print out numbers to fit:
6. Trace number with ballpoint pen which leaves indent in wood.
Paint inside indent, first brown:
7. Then thin coat of black:
8. Sand to distress numbers then stain Minwax Early American.
Seal with two coats clear satin poly.
Dare you to find any visible screw heads, I could not have made this piece look the way it does without the Kreg jig.
And just for kicks here are all those pocket holes:
I owe a big thank you to my friend for the jig and another thank you to my other friend for another great project.
Hope her kids enjoy their new bench.
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