I built something. With wood. Yup, me with tools. If anyone had been watching me fumbling around, and revving my drill, they got an eye-full. Hilarity at its finest.
But we needed a bench and the one from Ikea would have been too big for our table and $120, I DONT THINK SO. So I decided to build our own for $10.
I based the design off of the Ikea Norden bench:
These are the pieces I used:
(amendments are made in red to add further support)
For two of the cleats, the bottom brace and the braces I Kreg jigged them using my mini Kreg jig. Then it was just a matter of assembly.
It's my first build and I learned a lot on the way. I learned that a mitre saw might need to be in my future (I used a primitive method called ....a saw), a kreg jig is a cool little jig, measure, measure, measure and I also learned that building is fun!
One more look.
Now I can get more than two tushies on one side of the table.
Amendment: Since building this I've decided "totally ashamed" should be what I'm feeling. Saint Joseph would not be proud. The wobbliness is due to lack of support and a couple more braces should be added. I will fill you in once the new and improved bench is made and stained.
(Updated bench post found in this post)