Saturday, April 1, 2017

One Board Challenge: Bench

diy simple bench from one board

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.

one board challenge blog hop

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!

simple bench built using one board

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

simple bench built using one board

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:

free plans for one board bench

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)

how to build a bench from one board

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

how to build a bench from one board

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

bench built using one board

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.
one board challenge simple bench free plans

Another one board project idea: kids cubby organizer:

diy kids cubby organizer free plans

one board challenge projects


  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 :)