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Customization Ideas

rustic x bench with slatted shelfSlatted Bottom Shelf

A slatted shelf may be better suited for an entryway.  The good news 2x4s are cheaper than a 1×12 (as used in the unmodified plans) and you won’t need to buy 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

To make this modification, simply omit the 1×12 and skip step 2.  In step 3, add 9 more 2×4 @ 11-1/4″ for the shelf.  You’ll also need to add another 2×4 to your shopping list.

rustic x bench with smaller overhangs

Smaller Overhangs

Perhaps you need the same bench, but the width not quite as wide? Or you’d like a more modern look?

It’s easy to swap out the three 2x6s for just two 2x8s for the top.   Instead of buying the 2x6s, buy one 2x8x12 feet long and cut it into two pieces, each 71-1/2″ long. Join the two boards together with 1-1/2″ pocket holes and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws and attach to the top of the base.

rustic x bench five foot long

Five Foot Bench Version

Do you need a shorter version?  That’s easy to do too!  Just skip the center leg.  We’ve even got the modified shopping and cut lists to help you out with that.  Follow the same building steps as the unmodified plans.

Five Foot Bench Shopping List

  • 2 – 2×4 @ 8 foot or stud length
  • 3 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 4 feet long
  • 1 – 2×8 @ 10 feet long (can cut in half for transport)
  • 2-1/2″ and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws

Five Foot Bench Cut List

  • 4 – 2×4 @ 16-1/2″ – legs
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 11-1/4″ – end supports
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 48″ – side aprons, shelf support
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 48″ – shelf
  • 2 – 2×8 @ 57″ – top

Rustic X Bench Plans

The rustic X bench plans follow.  If you build, we’d love to see your photos in brag posts – please do share!