I’ve made several chair benches, but really only one end of bed bench out of chairs. It was years ago, and I never really liked it very much. I believe it was too long (wide). But honestly, the one I’m sharing with you today might also be too long. In addition, I painted it black, but I’m not sure I’m loving the color.
I think y’all know I’m always open to honest feedback because I know I can trust you to be kind with your words.
The first step to this kind of project is to start dismantling the chair by removing the seat and investigating how the chair is assembled.
If you look closely, you will see how the chair is assembled and needs to come apart. I started by removing these screws.
You can see the joint on the right that connects the back of the chair to the side (seat).
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There are dowels connecting these two pieces. A Dremel Multi-Max makes easy work of flush cutting.
By the way-see that white truck I use to borrow? Here’s what it looks like now:
Luckily, Jamie’s dad escaped being t-boned with only a broken arm. That was at the end of February, and he still hasn’t purchased another truck, so I am down to hauling anything and everything in my SUV.
Okay, back to the tutorial of the end of the bed bench…
After removing the seat of the chair I sanded the areas to get a smooth surface for attaching the new frame to each chair back.
I use an orbital sander for these tasks.
I drilled pocket holes with my Kreg Jig in a 1×4 to use as the frame for the new chair bench.
I used some hardwood flooring pieces for the bottom cross brace, securing it with some Simpson StrongTie wood screws—countersunk.
This is a dry fit to make sure it all came together okay. I used some free planks I picked up when I was in Nashville helping Jamie and Andy move.
I used a piece of scrap wood to space the planks, along with my adjustable combination square to make sure each plank matched the other. I secured each plant with my Ryobi nail gun.
This is after a couple coats of DIY chalky paint primer. (My favorite way to paint my projects)
I ended up doing 2 coats of chalky paint primer and three light coats of semi-gloss paint as a top coat with my Finish Max. I love how pretty the paint looks!
I staged it on my faux portable wall instead of hauling in the house to photograph it at the end of the bed.
The lower shelf offers room for storage as well as below the lower shelf.
I plan to take it to my booth at Vendors’ Village .
You have all the details, what would you have done differently?