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I needed a simple bench for banquette seating in my dining room and I couldn't find one that would work with my dining room table so I thought it would be fun to make one out of 3/4" MDF. I had all my pieces cut at the hardware store so all I had to do was put the pieces together.

I used 1 x 4'x8' sheet of 3/4" MDF because I needed the rest of the MDF for another project but you can fit the pieces for the bench in 2 x 2'x4' sheets ($25) and the lattice was about $5 so that's $30 for the materials. I already had the primer, paint, and screws on hand.

I'll outline the main steps here but you can also see the entire building process in detail in this video:

 
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Step 1: Attach the legs to the top

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I put glue on the top edge of the leg and used corner clamps to hold it to the top. I drilled pilot holes to prevent splitting and screwed the pieces together, sinking the screw heads below the surface.

Step 2: Screwing in place the back piece

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I screwed in place the back piece flush with the top and the legs, following the same steps as for the legs.

Step 3: Attach the front piece

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To have more support at the front of the bench, I glued together 2 MDF pieces to make one thicker piece, using clamps to make sure they bonded very well together. I wanted the front piece to be recessed by about 1 inch so I used a combination square to mark the location of the front piece on the inside of the legs, making it easy to slide front piece in the right spot. I added glue to the edge and clamped it. I screwed it into place from the top and the side, making sure to avoid the screw that was already there from joining the top to the legs.

ni ni3 months ago

wonderful!

EYSpace (author)  ni ni3 months ago
Thank you!
audreyobscura4 months ago

Very cool! Thanks for sharing this.

EYSpace (author)  audreyobscura4 months ago

Thanks and you're welcome!

shazni4 months ago

I like this...you have great taste

EYSpace (author)  shazni4 months ago

Thank you!