This project is fairly basic, and relies on some creative thinking and simple furniture construction techniques to build. Its consists of three individually unique antique chairs that are attached to a bench seat via the chair backs, with the chair legs mixed up and added to the front.
I used furniture grade pine for the bench top and sides, some trim to clean up the edges, iron-on edge banding to make the bench top appear solid, and cut out a custom arm rest.
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Step 1: Building the Bench
The bench was cut out from furniture grade pine plywood, I snapped a chalkline on the sheet and cut out the top and sides of the bench with my circular saw.
The goal was to get the bench to look like a solid piece of wood, so I tried my best to grain match the edges.
The corners of the bench platform were butted together and pocket hole screws and glue were used to join them.
Step 2: Chair Leg/top Prep
The bench top attaches to the base frame on the corners with 45 degree corner brackets as well as with pocket hole screws on the base frame.
I also disassembled the chairs by cutting off their seat and the leg braces with a sawzall. The goal here was to get the seat back and legs into a single piece to be attached the bench base frame.
Step 3: Chair Backs and the Bench Top
Once I had all of the seat backs cut out, I layed them on the ground and used a straight piece of wood to keep them all at the same height relative to each other.
Then I layed down the base frame on top of it and attached the base frame to the chair backs with glue and screws.
I used a car jack to hold up the front on the bench to mock up the front legs since I was working by myself. This is a handy trick to give yourself another hand.
I then marked out the bench top which was traced from the base frame.
Step 4: Finish the Bench Top
I attached the bench top with pocket hole screws through the base frame and in the corners on the 45 degree brackets.
I had left the bench top larger than the base frame, and went back with a flush trim bit in my router to make the bench top the exact size as the base frame.
To make the bench look like a uniform piece of wood I ironed on edge banding where the edge of the plywood ply were showing. You could also have mitered the corners on the base frame to prevent this step on the sides, but the front would still show plywood plys.
Step 5: Attaching the Legs
I figured out the height I needed the legs to be and cut them to length. Them glued and screwed in the two corner legs, and mixed and matched the legs style to contrast with the back legs.
To put the middle legs on, I added some plywood panels in the middle of the base frame with pocket hole screws to give my something to attach the legs to.
Step 6: Sanding and Trim
I sanded all of the surfaces of the bench seat to 400 grit and then added some trim to hide most of the edges banding. The trim really pulls the whole bench together and works well with the chair back and legs design.
Step 7: Cutting Out the Arm Rest
The arm rest to be located on side of the chair also went with the theme of this bench and was design to have that curvy fancy look.
I drew what looked best by hand and them cut the shape out on my bandsaw. I also sanded the whole thing to get rid of the rough bandsaw cut surface.
The arm rest attached to the base frame with a little wooden tab that was left on it, and then to the chair back wit screws that were countersunk and then plugged with wood putty to hide them.
Step 8: Fin
I left the bench with just a sanded finish because the end user wanted to paint and stain it herself. Here is what the result ended up looking like!
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