Zoe builds a bench with table

Zoe’s 2 seater bench project by Les Kenny

Zoe builds a 2 seater bench with a small middle table Zoe’s first build – A 2 seater bench with a small table attached in the middle.
Zoe had no fear of using any of the tools. She jumped straight into it and completed the whole job in about 6 hours.
The plans and instructions for this project can be seen HERE. –
See her story below, followed by a sequence of photos showing the various steps, and at the end of the page is a comments section if you would like to add your tuppence worth.

Zoe sitting in her bench

See a brief video at YouTube
Plans with step-by-step instructions here

This is an article in the ‘Novice Women Woodworkers‘ series.

Zoe says…
After a few initial explanations and a couple throughout the project, Les left me alone to read from the plans and get on with it.
I felt I handled the electric saw and drill with confidence and ease. I wasn’t at all intimated by the drop-saw as I read some of the
first-time girls were and I soon learnt to hold the drill-driver in proper alignment with the screws. There were only a couple of instances (maybe more) where I had to call on Les for some assistants.
It was such a lot of fun and I thouroughly enjoyed it. I think I could just about do another one by myself although Les said for safety reasons I would probably need supervision for the next one or two. It took about six hours to make over a couple of days.
I would recommend anyone to give such a project a try.
I am very proud of my bench seat with it’s little table.

A sequence of photos showing the steps of building

bench building cutting the pieces
Making the bench – step 1. Cutting the pieces

bench building making the side frames
Making the bench – step 2. Making the side frames

bench building making the seat frame
Making the bench – step 3. making the seat frame

bench building joining the frames
Making the bench – step 4. Joining the seat frame and sides

bench building the frames all joined
Making the bench – Have a look at that

bench building fixing the table frames
Making the bench – step 5. Making and fixing the table frame

bench building fixing the back rail
Making the bench – step 6. Fixing the back rail

bench building fixing the back slats
Making the bench – step 7. Adding the back slats

bench building fixing the seat slats
Making the bench – step 8. Adding the seat slats

bench builkding fixing the table slats
On go the table slats

bench building fixing the armrests
Almost done! Just the arms…

bench building fixing the back toprail
…and finally – The backrest top rails.

bench building the finished seat
Gotta say, It doesn’t look bad

bench building the finished seat with Zoe sitting in it
My first woodwork project

Plans and step-by-step instructions here

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