I’m bringing you another ONE BOARD PROJECT!! Can you believe you can make a DIY shoe bench from a single 2x10x8 board?
I’ve got a scrap cart full of scraps that I could have used, but I’ve also got some random leftovers on my wood rack, too.
After a little digging, I found a whole 2x10x8 that I had purchased for a previous project, but ended up not using. A whole board may not “TECHNICALLY” be considered scrap wood, but in my case, it was close enough.
This actually isn’t the first time I made something completely from a single 2x10x8 board. A couple years ago, I actually made a really cool bar cart from a 2×10. So I knew I could come up with something equality as cool to make with this one.
And I decided on this DIY shoe bench! Can you believe this this whole bench was made from a 2x10x8 board?? That’s like only $7 (at the time I bought it)!! I’ve got the video tutorial here and the step by step below
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For this One Board Shoe Bench, You Will Need:
Step 1: Cut Down the Board
I took a few minutes to draw out all the cuts and pieces before I got to work. I only had one shot at getting this right—I didn’t have second board—so I took a second to plan.
First, I cut it down into two 39” pieces and one 18” piece. Then, I ran them through the planer before I moved on to make sure they were flat–that’s an optional step.
I set one 39” piece to the side to use as the top later. And I ripped the other down on the table saw to make two 2x2s and six 1x2s. There was one small 1×2 ish sized strip leftover from that, but it actually went back into the scrap pile.
Then I ripped the 18” piece into six 2x2s. Just a side note here…because of the blade thickness on these cuts, I recommend ripping the 2x2s only 1 3/8” wide instead of the full 1 ½”. If you rip the full 1 ½”, the last piece will be too thin to really consider a 2×2.
Once everything was ripped down, I cut two of the 18” pieces in half (to get two 9″ pieces) and cut 9” off the two 39” 2x2s. I know that SOUNDS confusing, but this diagram spells it out pretty clear.
Step 2: Assemble Frames of Shoe Bench
Now that everything was cut, all that’s left is the assembly.
I used 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to assemble the shoe bench frame—just trying to keep things simple. I attached the 9” pieces between the 18” pieces to make two bench sides. As a subtle detail, I installed the top 2×2 slightly below the top of the leg. This will allow the top to sit down into the frame later vs. just sitting on top.
Then, I installed the two long 2x2s between the frames at the top.
NOTE: When working with 2x2s, I find it easier to use wood glue and ONE pocket hole screw per joint. Using two pocket hole screws usually causes the ends to split.
Step 3: Cut Shoe Bench Top and Slats
While the glue dried, I trimmed a little of the top board. Because I typical 2×10 is 9 ¼” wide and I made my bench frame with 9” slats, I needed to trim about ¼” off the top to fit. I basically just ran it through the table saw on each side to clean up the factory edges until it fit down into the frame.
Before I stained the slats, I trimmed about 3” off the ends. No reason for this really except I liked the look of them being not quite as long as the top. To each their own haha.
Step 4: Finish and Install Top and Slats
I’ve recently been digging the black and wood trend—modern, industrial, or whatever style you want to call it…I’m here for it haha. So I gave this frame a coat of black paint (Sherwin Williams Black Magic) and then I stained the top and the six 1×2 slats (Minwax Early American).
Once all the finish was dry, it was ready to install the slats and top. I installed the slats first, then the top, but in hindsight, it’s easier to get into the tight spaces to drive the screws if the slats aren’t already there. So I recommend screwing the top in place before attaching the slats. I used 2 1/2″ woods screws to attach it.
Then I used the nail gun to attach the slats. It was difficult to get into these tight places with a drill to screw the slats in place, so I ended up just using a nail gun. That was also somewhat difficult, but doable.
And after a couple coats of clear coat poly on the top and slats, this DIY shoe bench was ready to use.
This project isn’t a huge, elaborate piece. But I think it’s pretty cool it all came from a single board…and there was even a little piece leftover!
It’s amazing what you can make with a single board when you get a little creative. Don’t forget to check out my other 2×10 board bar cart project, too. It’s one of my all time favorites!
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