Hi there, friends! I’m really excited to share this week’s DIY project with you guys. It’s been a few weeks of busy weeknights and over-booked weekends, so finding time to build awesome stuff has been hard. But alas, I am here now with a brand new project. While looking for inspiration, I came across this chevron bench from Remodelaholic. I love the chevron pattern used on the seat, so I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow into my own bench. I made the design my own by opting for a thicker seat and added turned legs in a contrasting color. Check out the steps below to see how I made my DIY chevron bench!
- (7) 1 x 4 x 72″ Pine Boards
- (4) 15″ Turned Legs
- (4) Leg Brackets
- 14″ Piece of 2 x 4″ (I used scraps)
- 1 1/4″ Brad Nails
- 2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Hand Sander
- Eye Protection
For this project, I just measured and cut as I went. Because of this, I don’t have a nice and neat picture of all the boards. Here is a list of the cuts I made:
- (3) 1 x 4 x 46.5″
- (2) 1 x 4 x 48″
- (2) 1 x 4 x 13.5″
- (4) 2 x 4 x 3.5″
- As needed: 1 x 4 x 9.5″ (45° on each end – these are for the chevron pattern)
- As needed: cut-to-fit pieces of 1 x 4″ for the ends of the seat
Step 1 – Create Chevron Pattern
The seat of this bench is based on the three 46.5″ pine boards. I spaced these an inch and a half apart to create a 13.5″ wide base.
To begin the chevron bench pattern, I cut and placed two 9.5″ inch angled pieces flush with the edges of the outside boards. I attached these with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Continuing the chevron pattern, I attached more pieces, cutting as I went. If you have a powered nailer, I suggest you use that as the hammer can be time consuming. It got the job done for me, though.
Above you can see the pattern finished. There will be gaps at the ends, and I just measured and cut the 1 x 4″ boards to fit when I got to that point.
Step 2 – Add Leg Supports
I didn’t want the legs to attach directly into the seat as it would have taken away too much of their length. Instead, I cut four squares of scrap 2 x 4″ and attached them to the corners with wood glue and 2″ wood screws.
Step 3 – Attach Seat Framing
Using wood glue and brad nails, I attached the 13″ boards to each and and then the 48″ boards to the sides of the seat. The glue provides a strong bond for the wood and the nails help secure the bond.
Step 4 – Paint and Stain
I found these turned legs at Home Depot for about $4 each. They came already threaded with a bolt to attach to the corner braces I bought.
Using a 220 grit block, I sanded each leg to rid them of any imperfections. I painted each with three coats of semi-gloss paint in Behr’s “Coney Island”. Isn’t this color so pretty? I am already planning to use it again very soon.
First with 180 and then 220 grit sand paper, I sanded the the seat of the bench smooth. I then applied a coat of Minwax wood stain in “Golden Oak” and sealed it with semi-gloss Polycrylic.
Step 5 – Attach Legs
As I mentioned above, I bought four corner braces to attach my legs. These can be found right by all the turned legs and furniture feet at Home Depot. Using the screws that came with them, I attached these to my four 2 x 4 pieces. Once they are attached, the legs screw right in! How simple is that?
There it is, all finished! This bench is the perfect size for an entry way, a dining table, or at the end of your bed. If you love it and want to Pin it, you can with this image:
Thanks for checking out this week’s project! I hope to see you back next week for more.