Sunday, June 08, 2008

Nearly Wordless Workshop - The Bench

I had so many requests in both comments and emails for plans for my bench and arbor, that I thought I would just publish them here.

If you're not interested in DIY woodworking projects, please come back on Tuesday when I'll be announcing the winner of my Driving Sideways giveaway! (contest ends Monday night at midnight so make sure to enter!)

In the meantime, here are the picture plans for the bench I built. I'll be publishing the arbor plans this time again next week.

the finished product




also glue joint and secure with 2 pocket screws from underneath



from behind - use pocket screws to attach back boards to supports



how to attach eye bolt for chain on front of arm


how to attach eye bolt on back of arm

Good luck - and have fun!

25 comments:

Jennine said...

I once put together a swing set with so many hardware pieces that I ended up crying in frustration like Nellie Oleson when Nels wouldn't let her take more gum drops from the Mercantile.

I'm pretty sure this bench would bring me to tears as well. I think I'll stick to assembling sandwiches.

Corrina said...

That whooooole post just made my brain swell up and shut off. You're a wood-working ninja. Just know that about yourself. :-D

Kathy said...

I once bought an unassembled table to save money. Never again. It took me 3.5 hours to put together and I was weeping towards the end. Jeff, I tip my hat to you. That looks too complicated for my wee brain, plus look at all those numbers. I don't do numbers.

Jeff said...

jennine - Nellie was a b*tch. ;-)

corrina - That's why I'm nearly undetectable in my workshop.

kathy - I remember that post. It was one of the earlier stories of yours that made me your biggest fan. So see? It was worth it!

Sam said...

Errr. How about you just come round and make me a bench?

I'll have a red one.

Susan said...

You try to make it look soooo simple by just having photos. But you know the written instructions that would accompany this would be really complicated.

Any assembly that happens here is not handled by me. I only step in and try to help after I hear "F**k!" muttered 3 times. And pretty much no matter what the item is, you can count on hearing that.

ajooja said...

I need someone like you to visit my house for a week and do all the handy things men are supposed to be able to do.

I'm not a man.

JD at I Do Things said...

I currently have no interest and am pretty sure I will NEVER have any interest in a project such as this, but my god, man! You've really provided a great service to those who do appreciate this sort of thing. I almost feel like I should bookmark this in case . . . oh, who am I kidding.

Awesome job, tho.

JD at I Do Things

Bill said...

What readers would marvel at is the limited woodworking tools you have to work with. By the way what do you think about the jig pocket hole system for joining wood and currently is on sale at Menards?

Jeff said...

sam - If you fly me to Australia and put me up, I'll build you anything you want and in any color you please.

susan - Yeah, that's why I didn't write up paper instructions. You should see the notes I scribbled on paper when I built this. I've seen preschool work that was easier to read.

ajooja - Bench building does not a man make. Now, bench building in the Amazon using only sharp stones and vines... that would be different.

jd - Thanks. I really didn't expect this to be interesting to everybody. That's why I recommended right off the bat that people come back on Tues.

bill - That pocket hole jig is the coolest thing I've bought in years. I want to add pocket screws to everything now! Do you think Charli would mind if I added them to my dining room table?

Sandy said...

My husband thanks you!

G said...

You lost me at "fig 1" - see you Tuesday!

VE said...

I missed the step where it says hire the competent person that actually owns tools...

cathouse teri said...

I have nothing to say here. Except maybe that I think it's cool that I now know how to attach an eye bolt on the back of an arm. ;)

Mother Theresa said...

Okay, I am now duly in awe. I think my garden will remain benchless for now. How about you come over here and redo my whole garden?

Maureen said...

Holy crap, Jeff. You need your own DIY show on TV.

OH, and I love the LHOTP references. (Yes, we DID visit Walnut Grove when we were in your fine state).

Groovy Mom said...

Awesome! I wonder how many years it will take me to get my husband to build one for me.

Jeff said...

sandy - Myself you're welcomes him.

g - I think you meant to say, "You had me at fig 1."

ve - That was implied.

teri - You never know when you'll be able to use that knowledge.

mother theresa - I'll make you the same offer as Sam. Fly me to Spain and I build you whatever you want ;-)

maureen - Really? I've never even been to Walnut Grove. Did you see the ghost of Michael Landon?

groovy mom - It's all about priorities. Ask him to do something he really hates, like (in my case for example) scrape old paint. You'll be amazed at how quickly he'll volunteer to build a bench!

Maureen said...

No ghosts, but a lot of bugs, weeds, poison ivy and a little plaque where their house used to be... oh yeah. It was well worth the four hour drive and 100+ heat that day....

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Funny you should post this today--my kids completely destroyed our swinging bench--today!

Not sure I'll build one though, I'm neck deep in a washer/dryer install complete with electricity and plumbing. Joy!

Shieldmaiden96 said...

Why can't things you put together just COME with directions like that? I could totally build that from your instructions. If I, like, had tools. And time. But you buy something from IKEA and it comes with an instruction manual from the Da Vinci Code.

stepping over the junk said...

make me one!

Sornie said...

If only you had some wordless blueprints for a fence to block the view of my hillbilly neighbor I'd be even more thankful.

kapgar said...

Nicely done! You should develop a variant for a standalone bench that doesn't swing. I think that would be cool, too.

G said...

Yeah, that's it.