With these simple bench woodworking plans, you can find out how simple a process it is to craft bamboo-covered furniture.
In fact, you’re about to discover how to do it yourself.
Making a bench is, in fact, a recommended project for anyone just starting out with woodworking. If you have little or no experience in carpentry, this is the ideal way to go.
Seasoned woodworking enthusiasts can confirm that once you have mastered the essentials, the rest will follow easily and naturally.
The basic principles of carpentry apply to all types of furniture: beds, benches, tables, shelves, cabinets, etc.
Before you embark on any woodworking project, you need an overview of the required tools and materials for that project.
For your bamboo-covered bench, you will need…
Bamboo flooring (this is synthetic, rather than organic bamboo)
- Special wood glue (for attaching the parts of the bench)
- A large MDF sheet (medium-density fiberboard) and a smaller MDF sheet.
This last item is to cover the legs of the bench. For the bench itself, you will need a pine board. (Pine board is an ideal material for any new woodworker.)
Some tools you will need are…
- A regular saw (i.e., a manual one)
- A larger miter saw (these saws need electricity; you will need it specifically to cut large boards and heavy pieces of wood).
To save time and energy, you might also want to invest in a small screw gun and a regular-sized nail gun. This way, you will be able to put pieces of wood together with only a fraction of the time and energy needed to do it manually.
You start to process of assembling the bench by making a box from the MDF sheets. This box, in fact, forms the seat of the bench itself.
Of course, it should be proportionate with short and long sides, respectively.
The long sides determine the length of the bench. You will have to nail two equally spaced stringers in between.
Next, you should attach small boards to form a square using nails at each corner of your box. These small wooden pieces will be perpendicular to the stringers.
The proportions resulting from this process should match the required length of the legs of the bench. It is very advisable to add a fifth leg to the center.
The fifth leg is for additional support. After all, you won’t want anyone to ruin all your hard work just yet.
At this point, it’s time to construct the legs. You start by measuring the square spaces at the top end of the new bench.
Then you create the legs from the MDF sheets. The next step is to attach the legs and reinforce the connections with wood glue.
After attaching the legs, you have to brush a light adhesive to all the surfaces of the new bench. The next step is to measure and cut the synthetic bamboo into fitting pieces and apply them.
If you’re new to cutting wood, it might be a good idea to use a miter saw for the purpose. While it does costs more, it will give you faster and better results.
I hope these bench woodworking plans will be of help to you! Enjoy!