Woodworking may be the greatest hobby you choose, but how do all of us who start out feel when we first pick up a woodworking bench? Especially if you don’t really know much about the actual woodworking techniques, tools, and bench plans? Don’t worry, just about anyone can make a wooden bench, no matter what their previous experience level is. But why start with the bench, and what kind should you choose?
I guess the first step is finding your passion. What type of woodworking bench plans are you interested in purchasing? The most popular designs are usually those that are simple and require only a couple of tools. Some people start with just a table or small chair, adding various decorations here and there. Some woodworkers eventually add chairs and tables to a space, expanding to entire gardens!
Some woodworking bench plans will require the use of some wood glue, as well as a few screws. You’ll also want to have some sandpaper and perhaps a good wood filler for the edges. These supplies should be readily available from your local hardware store, or even on the internet.
The first step in woodworking bench plans is to decide which design you are going to implement. There are many different types of benches available, including one or two wheeled models. You will want to consider the height at which you are working, and make sure that you have enough space to install whatever you plan on doing. There are two ways you can go about installing your bench; either by attaching it to existing furniture, or by making your own frame. Both methods require different methods of attaching the slats to the bench itself.
A popular method of constructing a bench consists of using two pieces of wood, with a piece of hardware attached at each end. The hardware will allow you to screw the slats into the lumber, then into each other. To construct your own frame, start by setting aside a half sheet of wood that is at least twice the length of the piece you are going to attach to your bench. This is an important detail; make sure you have enough lumber for both the legs as well as the bottom support.
Next, start by drilling the desired number of holes for your screws. After you have done this, you need to line up the holes onto the top piece of lumber, using a wood filler if necessary to keep the holes level. The next step is to add the screws, using medium-size screws that fit the screws tightly. You will need a couple of practice screws to get the feel for how your DIY woodworking plans will work.
Once you have the two pieces of wood framing the bench, it’s time to fill them with wood filler. Depending on how much you want to put in the lumber, you can either use nails or wood screws. For this project, I would recommend using wood screws. Wood screws are usually stronger than nails, and they are easier to find.
With your wood framing complete, it’s time to start drilling the holes for your saw. You will probably need a longer drill bit, depending on the diameter of your bench legs. Once the hole is drilled, apply some wood glue to the front of your saw, and attach the saw to the leg. Make sure to always use safety glasses when operating a saw; it’s important not to cut through the wood or risk your eyes.
Now it’s time to build the legs for your bench. The process here is pretty simple. If you’re using nails, you’ll want to start by nailing one leg in place, then attach the other two. If you’re using screws, simply thread one screw through each leg. Remember to always use safety glasses when working with wood, even when you’re doing a woodworking project as simple as this one.
After framing the legs, you’re ready to cut the wood and attach it to the bench with the help of some wood glue and a wood tape measure. If the legs are not straight, adjust them so they are. You can also add a couple of screws to make it more stable. Use your wood tape measure to determine how long your project should be, and then take the measurements to your local home improvement store.
Once you’ve purchased your wood glue, wood tape measure, and bench frame, it’s time to set up your tools. Stand up your bench, lining up the two brackets that will hold the legs together. Use the wood glue to hold the four pieces of lumber together and the wood tape measure to mark the exact position. Then it’s time to simply stand back and wait for your beautiful new bench to be ready to use!