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DIY Wood Slat Bench

This Wood Slat Bench was such a fun DIY! Our new master bedroom finally allows the space for us to have a bench at the end of the bed. This has been something we have talked about for a while since Andrew travels for work.  When he packs his suitcase, he lays it out on our bed, and I’ve long wanted a wood bench for him to be able to pack on.  I love the design of this slatted bench and it gives our bedroom a modern look!

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Step 1: Cut the Boards

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Using a chop saw, I cut the 2x3x8’ boards into 7 2x3x50” and 14 2x3x15”.  Next, I cut the 1x3x8’ boards into 12 1x3x17.5”.  With my boards cut, I was ready to assemble!

Tip! I recommend sanding your boards lightly before assembling! It was very difficult to sand in between the gaps on the seat of the bench.

Step 2: Nail & Glue boards together

Starting with one of the 2x3x50” boards, I placed a 2x3x15” board at a 90-degree angle. I ensure this was straight using a precision square tool.  I squeezed a small amount of liquid nails to hold the boards together.  Then, I put the glue on both boards,  starting with the 15” board up to the top. I repeated this process on the other side of the 50″ board. 

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Next, I placed a 1x3x17.5” on top of this section. Using a Brad Nailer and 1 1/4″ nails, I nailed it into place! I utilized 1 1/4″ nails for the first 17.5″ board as I did not want the nails to go through the bottom board. I repeated this process on the other side of the 50″ board. 

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Finally, I repeated the above until I had secured all boards together!  I switched to 2″ Brad Nails for the remainder of the bench build.

Step 3: Add Wood Filler

Before applying the wood filler, I lightly sanded the bench with 80-grit sandpaper and wiped the bench down with denatured alcohol. Using a putty knife, I added wood filler into the cracks on the sides & top corners of the bench.  I let dry and re-applied to any areas with holes/pits remaining.  

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Step 4: Sand the Wood

I began sanding any excess wood filler using my palm sander and 80-grit sandpaper.  I softened the edge of the bench using my sander to create a more rounded look.  

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Once I was happy with the edges, I sanded the entire bench with 120-grit and worked my way to 220-grit to make the bench super smooth! I again wiped the bench down with denatured alcohol. 

Step 5: Apply Stain

To stain my bench I used General Finishes Brown Mahogany gel stain in order to match my nightstands.  I applied my stain using a sock!  First, I put gloves on and then a white sock over my right hand.  I applied the stain liberally with my sock hand, using a rag in my left hand to lightly wipe the stain application.  I applied two coats followed by two coats of General Finishes Gel Satin finish.  Be mindful of drips through the cracks of your bench!

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This DIY Bench really fits any style room.  I love the way it compliments our bedroom and am looking forward to adding a few baskets underneath for storage. 

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Looking for more DIY Bench Ideas? Check out our Mudroom Bench

Wood Slat Bench Links

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1"x3"x8' Boards
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2"x3"x8' Boards
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1 1/4" Brad Nails
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2" Brad Nails
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DIY Wood Slat Bench

Prep Time 1 hr
Build Time 4 hrs
Dry Time 2 d
Units 1 bench

Equipment

  • Chop Saw
  • Precision Square Tool
  • Brad Nailer
  • Caulk Gun
  • Palm Sander
  • Sock (or a rag!)
  • Rags
  • Gloves

materials
  

  • 7 2x3x8 Whitewood Boards
  • 3 1x3x8 Whitewood Boards
  • Brad Nails (1 1/4” & 2”)
  • Liquid Nails
  • Stainable Wood Filler
  • 80 Grit Sandpaper
  • 120 Grit Sandpaper
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Brown Mahogany Gel Stain
  • Gel Satin Finish

Instructions
 

  • Cut the Boards
  • Nail & Glue Boards Together
  • Add Wood Filler
  • Sand the Wood
  • Apply Stain
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