Reclaimed Bench

Reclaimed Bench

This project takes repurposed side panels from an old bedframe and turns them into a dressing bench.

5 col

Required : Chop saw* - Seek instruction for first time use

Difficulty: Intermediate

(2) 1” x 8” x 48” Repurposed side panels from a bedframe or pre-cut lumber
(2) 12” Rectangle metal legs
Drill with Phillips head drill bit and pre-drill bit
Wood glue
Dry rag
Sanding sponge – Medium 220 grit
(12) 1½” Wood screws
(4) ¼” Metal washers
Wood putty
Safety glasses
Speed square
Claw hammer
Tape measure


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  1. If you are using the side panels from a repurposed bedframe to make the seat of your bench, you will first need to remove excess wood trim. Use a claw hammer and a chisel to pry off the extra wood until you are left with two flat boards (See images below)
  2. Remove any hardware from the boards using a Phillips head drill bit
  3. Measure 48” along each board and mark with a pencil. This is where the boards will be cut using a chop saw
    Tip: Take a look at each board and see which are the prettiest ends. Mark your 48” over that part of the boards
  4. Put on your safety glasses and place the first board in the chop saw, lining up the blade with the pencil mark from Step 3. Carefully cut the board in two with the chop saw*. Repeat for the second board (See image below)

  5. Place the boards face down, side by side and hold together with a bar clamp at the join. They will be attached together using a technique called toenailing. This is when a screw or nail is driven through two pieces of wood at an angle to hold them together. To make toenail pilot holes, take your drill with a pre-drill bit and position it about 3” from the end of one board and 1” from the adjacent board. Angle the drill straight down and drill in about ¼”. Start to angle the drill at about 15° so the drill bit goes through both pieces of wood (See images below)
  6. Make four toenail pilot holes, alternating sides along the seam between the two boards, spacing them about 12” apart
  7. Remove the bar clamp and apply a line of wood glue along the edge of one board. Smooth it down with your finger then press the two boards back together. Wipe away excess glue with a dry rag. Reattach the bar clamp ready for drilling in screws in the next step (See images below)
  8. Using a drill with a Phillips head bit, drill 1½” wood screws into each pilot hole. You will feel the wood grab the screw as it tightens the two boards together (See image below)
  9. Apply more wood glue to fill any gaps between the boards and wipe off the excess with a dry rag
  10. Cover the screws with a small amount of wood putty and smooth flat with the wood
  11. Measure 4” from the short edge of the boards using a speed-square to ensure the angle is 90° and mark with a pencil. Center the first 12” metal legs at the 4” mark leaving 1¼” of board on each side (See image below)
  12. Add a metal washer to a 1½” wood screw and drill the screw through a pre-existing hole in the legs using a Phillips head bit. Add another screw and washer through a second hole in the legs diagonally across from the first screw. Add the last two screws to fully secure the legs in place (See images below)
  13. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 for adding the second 12” metal legs on the other end of the bench

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