This pine slat bench is easy to make and you can finish in your choice of wood tint and paint colour.
The bench shown here has a slatted seat finished with wood stain in imbuia, finished with Polywax Sealer, and a base painted with Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in aged grey.
The slat bench measures 1200mm in length, but you can easily modify this if you need a shorter or longer bench for an entrance or hallway, or to use with a dining table. We used a Kreg Pockethole Jig to make our bench so that screws are out of sight, but if you don't own a pockethole jig you can join with conventional methods.
There are so many uses for our DIY slat bench. Place at the bottom of a bed as a place to sit while you dress.
YOU WILL NEED:
4 of 32 x 67 x 1200mm pine - seat slats
4 of 32 x 67 x 368mm pine - legs
2 of 32 x 67 x 284mm pine - seat support
2 of 32 x 67 x 230mm pine - side rail
1 of 32 x 67 x 950mm pine - bottom rail
1 of 32 x 67 x 878mm pine - top rail
2 of 22 x 44 x 224mm pine - seat slat cross piece
32mm pocket hole screws
Wood stain, sealer or varnish
Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matt paint
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Kreg pocket hole jig kit (we used a Kreg K4)
Jigsaw or mitre saw
Orbital sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads
Tape measure and pencil
Sand all the pieces smooth before assembly.
1. All the pieces that make up the base are joined using pocket hole joints. By using this method, screws are almost invisible or out of sight. Drill pocket holes into the rails, cross pieces and legs.
2. The slats that form the seat have 5mm spacers between each slat and are then joined using the seat slat cross piece. DO NOT glue this in place - see Step 9 below.
GOOD TO KNOW: Before securing the seat slats, apply whatever stain you want for the finished bench. It is far easier to apply this to the slats before they are secure.