Step 1: Gather Materials.
- An old headboard
- An old footboard
- Two bed side slats from an old waterbed frame
- Connector things (don't know their real name but there are pictures later that show them)
- Shelf brace (600 pound test)
I used the following tools:
- Circular saw
- Table saw
- Miter saw
Don't forget about your miniature helpers and ear/eye protection.
Step 2: Decide Bench Depth and Cut Footboard
First, remove the legs from the footboard and determine where the middle of the board is. Make a cut there using the circular saw. You should now have two equally sized footboard pieces.
From the outside of the footboard, measure your depth and then make a cut there with your miter saw. I only did this to one board, then I attached the now shortened board to the other side of the footboard with a clamp and cut with the miter saw to ensure I had two pieces of identical length.
***If your two pieces are off even a little your bench will be a bit skewed. This was the easiest way I found to guarantee equal lengths.
Reattach the legs to the now shortened footboard pieces.
Step 3: Attach Bench Sides to Back of the Bench
Step 4: Make Bench Seat
My side slats were wider than I could fit into the bench seat area so I had to trim them each a couple inches to make them fit. I used the table saw to do this. Save the "trimmings" as they will be important later.
Step 5: Assemble the Seat
Take the trimmed pieces and cut them to a consistent length. I used four pieces to connect the two sides slats. Screw the trimmed pieces to each side slat.
Now your seat is complete.
Step 6: Attach Bench Seat to Bench
My seat fit snugly between the sides and the connectors held it nice and tight.
Step 7: Brace the Bench
(This pic was taken after painting. We waited to put the brace on until it was painted.)