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How to Build Your Own Primitive Bucket Bench

Updated on September 24, 2015
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Items you will need for your bucket bench project

  1. Lumber 3- 1x12x6 pieces of pine or lumber of your choice
  2. Wood Glue
  3. 1 1/2" finish nails


Tools you will need for your bucket bench project.

  1. Miter Saw
  2. Speed Square
  3. Jig Saw
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Pencil
  6. Hammer
  7. Protective Eye Glasses
  8. Finish Nail Gun


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Miter SawSpeed SquareJig SawNail gun, hammer and snips.
Miter Saw
Miter Saw
Speed Square
Speed Square
Jig Saw
Jig Saw
Nail gun, hammer and snips.
Nail gun, hammer and snips.

Preparing your lumber for cutting.

  1. Measure 2 of your pieces of lumber to 24". This will be your shelves.
  2. Use the speed square to draw a guideline at your measurement.
  3. Remember to clamp the wood down.
  4. Line the blade just to the side of your line, giving space for the thickness of the blade.
  5. Go ahead and make your cut.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5.

Keep your hands away from the saw blade.
Keep your hands away from the saw blade.

Cutting the sides of the bench.

  1. Measure your two left over pieces to 30" each.
  2. Use your speed square to draw a guideline.
  3. Line up your blade just to the side of the line.
  4. Go ahead and make your cut.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4

Cutting the pattern for the sides.

  1. If you decide to do a pattern at the bottom of the sides draw your pattern on a piece of paper.
  2. Cut out your pattern and trace it on to the bottom of the sides. If you have a clamp you can clamp the lumber together and cut the pieces at the same time using a jig saw.
  3. If you choose to do them separate. Repeat steps 1 and 2.


Getting ready to put your pieces together

  1. Measure 8" down from the top of each side. Make a mark.
  2. Use your speed square and draw a guideline on each board.
  3. Measure 9" up from the bottom of each side. Make a mark.
  4. Use your speed square and draw a guideline on each board.


Building your bucket bench

  1. Take your wood glue and put a bead of glue along the top side of each line.
  2. Stand one side and one shelf up sideways on your table.
  3. Line up your shelf with the guideline and nail.
  4. Repeat for other end of your shelf. Wait to nail the centers.
  5. Turn your bench on the other side.
  6. Repeat steps 1-4

Making the back support of the bench.

  1. Measure your opening at the top of the shelf.
  2. Measure and draw your line.
  3. Cut your final piece.
  4. You can leave the final piece square or you can round it off with your jig saw if you choose.
  5. I marked a line where the sides and the back met and made a curved line.
  6. Cut your line with the jig saw.
  7. Dry fit the back to make sure your cut is correct.
  8. Put a bead of glue around the bottom and sides of the back
  9. Nail in place.
  10. Draw a guideline on the outside of the shelves in order to finish nailing.
  11. If you have wood clamps go ahead and clamp the sides towards the shelves.
  12. Finish nailing.
  13. Sand the rough edges and corners with 120 grit sandpaper.


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Back pieceNailing the back pieceNailing underneath the back support.
Back piece
Back piece
Nailing the back piece
Nailing the back piece
Nailing underneath the back support.
Nailing underneath the back support.

Your finished bucket bench.

Coming soon: How to put a great finish on your bench.

Please be careful using power tools. Always wear protective eye glasses, short sleeves and no jewelry. I am not responsible for any accidents. Please do not use my pattern for mass producing to sell without my permission. I hope you have built your first bucket bench. Feel free to leave any comments or questions.

© 2014 Betty Lamont

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