Easy DIY X Bench

Easy DIY X Bench

Easy DIY X Bench

Hello guys, welcome back! This is Susan, and I'm back with a new two-hour build project -- an X bench. We built it for our bedroom, and we love it! We chose a Vintage Aqua finish for the bench to achieve a rustic faded look. Check out the plans and instructions below.

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Plan for making X Bench

DIY X Bench Plan
DIY X Bench Plan

How to build the DIY X Bench

Step 1: As the first step, we took the lumber for the X brace and the base of the bench. We took 2 x 4 lumber to make these pieces. The actual cross-section of these pieces is 1-½” x 3-½”.

2x4 Lumber for the Easy X Bench
2x4 Lumber for the Easy X Bench

We made four pieces for the two X brace legs with 16-inch slant length and both edges mitered at 22.5 degrees on the miter saw.

For the base, we made two pieces of length 12 inches each (from the 2 x 4).

X Brace piece plan
X Brace piece plan
X Bench base Plan
Base Piece Plan
Four pieces for the X brace and two pieces for the base
Four pieces for the X brace and two pieces for the base

Making the Half-lap Slots in the X brace pieces

Step 2: Now, we had to make the slots for the half lap inside these pieces. We then made the half-lap slots in the pieces as per the plan. We had to make slots of ¾” depth in each X brace piece. The location for the slots was marked at 8” distance from one edge and 3-1/16” length from the other edge. This was repeated for all 4 brace pieces.

We used the marking gauge to mark the ¾ depth in each piece. Actually, we measured ¾” for setting the marking gauge first and then used the marking gauge for all the other pieces. When marking small lengths, a marking gauge is definitely more accurate than a tape. You need the measurements to be the same everywhere for the pieces to fit together well.

Marking the depth for half-lap using marking gauge
Marking the depth for half-lap using marking gauge
Depth for half-lap marked using marking gauge
Depth for half-lap marked using marking gauge

Step 3: Then, we set all the pieces on the table next to each such that the markings on each piece formed a continuous line. We used the circular saw along with the Kreg Accu-Cut guide to make cuts along both the lines. When doing the cut, It’s better to clamp all the pieces to the workbench. We didn’t, but we don’t advise going this way. Then we made two more similar cuts along the center of the slot as well.

Making the cuts using circular saw for chiseling out
Making the cuts using circular saw for chiseling out
Making the cuts using circular saw for chiseling out
Making the cuts using circular saw for chiseling out
Making the cuts using circular saw for chiseling out
Making the cuts using circular saw for chiseling out

Step 4:We then chiseled out the slots up to the marked depth using a chisel and hammer. The cuts with the circular saw make it very easy to chisel the wood out.

Chiseling the wood for half lap slots
Chiseling the wood for half lap slots
X Brace pieces with half lap slots ready
X Brace pieces with half lap slots ready

We tried a dry fit at this point, and it fit well.

Dry Fit check for the X brace
Dry Fit check for the X brace
Dry Fit check for the X brace
Dry Fit check for the X brace

Top Piece of the Bench

Step 5: Then we moved on to the top board for the bench. We took a ¾” x 11-¼” board and cut out a 36” length from the board piece.

Top Piece Plan
Top Piece Plan
Cutting the top piece for the bench from the board
Cutting the top piece for the bench from the board
Top piece for the X bench
Top piece for the X bench

We then sanded everything thoroughly.

Sanding all the pieces
Sanding all the pieces

Attaching the X Brace to the base piece

Now we went to put the X brace together. We applied glue in the half-lap and joined the X brace together. Since we wanted to complete the project quickly, instead of clamping and waiting for the glue to dry, we used wood screws to join the X brace pieces.

Applying glue and joining the X brace pieces together
Applying glue and joining the X brace pieces together
Drilling pilot hole for joining the X brace pieces
Drilling pilot hole for joining the X brace pieces
Countersinking the pilot holes
Countersinking the pilot holes
Screwing the X brace pieces together using wood screws
Screwing the X brace pieces together using wood screws
X brace pieces joined together
X brace pieces joined together

After we put together the X braces, we decided to attach them to the base. So we centered the X brace on the base as per plan. We drilled 2.5” wood screws from the bottom of the base toward the X Brace to join them together. We drilled pilot holes before this and countersank them as well.

X Brace Joined to the base
X Brace Joined to the base
Marking the lines for fixing the X brace to the base piece
Marking the lines for fixing the X brace to the base piece
Marking the lines for fixing the X brace to the base piece
Marking the lines for fixing the X brace to the base piece
Applying glue before joining the X brace piece to the base piece
Applying glue before joining the X brace piece to the base piece
Screwing the Base Piece to the X brace
Screwing the Base Piece to the X brace
X brace piece joined to the base piece to make two leg pieces
X brace piece joined to the base piece to make two leg pieces
X brace piece joined to the base piece to make two leg pieces

Attaching the Legs to the Top Piece

Now that both the legs were ready, we went to fix them to the top of the bench. We centered the leg along the shorter edge of the board, and along the longer edge, we fixed it such that the board jutted 6” from the outer edge of both the leg pieces. We marked this length on the board and drilled pilot holes on the board for screwing. Then we countersinked the pilot hole. After this we used 2.5” screws to join the top board to the legs.

Marking the location for joining the leg piece to the top piece
Marking the location for joining the leg piece to the top piece
Marking the location for joining the leg piece to the top piece
Marking the location for joining the leg piece to the top piece
Drilling the pilot hole for joining the top piece to the leg piece
Drilling the pilot hole for joining the top piece to the leg piece
Screwing the top piece to the leg piece
Screwing the top piece to the leg piece
X Bench Ready for Finishing
X Bench Ready for Finishing
X bench ready for finishing
X bench ready for finishing

After the bench was ready for finishing, we used the Vintage Aqua stain from Varathane to stain the bench.

Applying stain to the X Bench
Applying stain to the X Bench
Applying stain to the X Bench
Applying stain to the X Bench
Applying stain to the X Bench
Applying stain to the X Bench

So here we have the X bench completed quickly and easily. This is an easy beginner build you can do without many tools.

Easy DIY X Bench

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About V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to MellowPine. We play around with basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.

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