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Make an occasional bench

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  • Completion Time : 1 Day

With its clean, simple lines, this occasional bench will make a stylish addition to your dining room. It is easy to build and goes well with all types of decor, from modern to more traditional: an elegant way to provide extra seating at your table.

The bench measures 16" x 60" x 19" and is made using solid maple boards and maple-finish plywood. It is assembled almost entirely from wood biscuits, which produces invisible joints. We recommend that you stain it to fully appreciate the maple wood texture.


Tools and materials required

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  • Mitre saw
  • Table saw
  • Plate joiner (biscuit joiner)
  • Screwdriver drill
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure


  • 1 sheet maple-finish plywood, ¾" x 48" X 96"
  • 3 maple boards, 1" x 4" x 96"
  • 2 packets #10 biscuits, ¾" x 2 1/8"
  • Carpenter glue
  • 1 ¼" No. 8 wood screws
  • Stain

Before Assembly


Elevation for a kitchen bench



This sturdy method of assembly involves inserting thin slices of compressed wood (biscuits) into slots made with a plate (or biscuit) joiner. When the biscuits come into contact with glue applied in the slots, they swell and stay wedged in place, holding the construction together.

Once you have taken the time to learn how to use a biscuit joiner, the specialized tool required for this type of assembly, you will find it a quick and easy technique.


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Make an occasional bench
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