Introduction: Convert an Old Bed Into a Bench Seat
In this instructable I'm going to make a bench seat from an old bed.
Pocket hole jig
Step 1: Watch the Build Video 😁😁
Step 2: Cut the Footboard in Half (ironwork)
After removing the iron work from the footboard I used a reciprocating saw and grinder to cut it in half.
You could use just 1 of those tools.
Step 3: Cut the Footboard in Half (timber)
After removing the legs from the foot board I cut the top round rail in half. I then reattached each half to each leg with glue and screws.
I left the bottom rail in one piece to use as a stretcher on the front of the bench.
Step 4: Attach the Bench Sides to the Headboard
I first found the height of the sides of the bench and marked that out on the headboard.
I pre-drilled 2 holes and countersunk those holes on the back of the headboard.
Using a clamp to hold the leg and headboard together I screwed and glued from the back of the headboard.
Step 5: Attach Front Stretcher
Using a pocket hole jig a made 3 pocket holes on each end of the stretcher.
As I didn't have a clamp long enough I used a ratchet strap to hold the stretcher in place while I glue and Screwed it in place.
Step 6: Make Stretchers for the Bench Sides.
Because i used the foot board stretcher for the front of the bench I needed to make new stretches for the sides out of two-by-fours.
I ran some two-by-fours that I had laying around through my thicknesser to clean them up, cut them to length and attached them with glue and pocket holes.
Step 7: Attach Ironwork to Bench Sides
Now that i had the frame of the bench made I could reattach the ironwork to the sides.
I do this by drilling two holes in each side of the iron work and screw it in place
Step 8: Make Seat Base
After cutting two strips of 2 x 4 on my table saw a pre drilled and Screwed them to the bench frame to make seat rails.
Step 9: Fill the Screw Holes
I filled all of the screw holes with dowels.
once the glue is dry cut them to length and sand them flush.
Step 10: Touch-up Dowels and Scratches
I went around the entire bench touching up any scratches and the dowels with stain.
Step 11: Seat Cushion
Using a scrap of MDF from a previous project as a base I cut a piece of foam to fit.
I used hot glue to hold the foam in place while I attached the fabric with a staple gun.
And Screwed the seat cushion to the bench.
Step 12: Paint Ironwork
Last step was to go over all the iron work with an outdoor metal paint.
The paint are used is made for outdoor fences.
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