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Friday, July 17, 2015

One Board Challenge: Bench

It's a great day to share a ton of one board challenge projects!  My buildy friend Jen at House of Wood organized this Build It Blog Hop challenge whereby DIY bloggers take one board and build anything.  No rules except it can only be a 1x8x8 board.

Please be sure to stop by all these awesome DIY bloggers to see exactly how creative everyone can be with one board:
Below is my one board challenge project including the plans to build your own!

I made a simple bench perfect for our kids bath which has zero counter space.

A place to put your ditty bag, hairbrush, anything really.  Or you could sit on it too!

Below are the step by step instructions including materials and cut lists:

1 – 1x8x8 pine board                                              
wood glue
kreg jig
1 ¼” pocket hole screws

Cut List:

2 – 1x8 @ 17 5/8”, both ends 10 degree bevel parallel (legs)
1 – 1x8 @ 22” (seat)
1 – 1x8 @ 20 1/8” short end to short end, both ends 10 degree bevel NOT parallel (cross support)

Step 1: Legs.  Attach legs to seat 2” from seat edge.  Use glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Step 2: Cross support.  From the underside attach cross support to legs using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Sand well.  I painted this bench Rustoleum Chalked ultra matte paint in serenity blue, two coats.  Then distressed the edges slightly and sealed with clear wax.

This little bench is simple to make yet so useful and only takes one board to build.

Another one board project idea: kids cubby organizer:


  1. Great job! So great to meet you this weekend, too!

  2. Simplicity in it's most perfect form. Beautiful!

  3. Great design! I need something like this in my kids bathroom. Love the color too.

  4. This is so cute! What a great project! Love the color, too.

  5. Jaime, great idea and super cute! I especially love the color ;-).

  6. I love your bench Jaime! It has such a sweet perfectness about it! And it looks great in your beautiful wood bathroom!

  7. Cute bench Jaime. Love the color too!

  8. I love your bench! The color is so pretty, too!

  9. I love this! I just found you on Pinterest and am a new follower. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week :)