Our easy DIY rope bench is a simple DIY furniture project that you can complete in an hour or two. The bench is sturdy enough for two people to sit on or it can be used as decorative accessory.
Perfect for a small bathroom or bedroom, add storage baskets to the bottom.
YOU WILL NEED:
2 of 44 x 44mm x 900mm PAR pine - top frame front/back
2 of 44 x 44mm x 856mm PAR pine - shelf front/back
4 of 44 x 44mm x 400mm PAR pine - legs
4 of 32 x 44mm x 300mm PAR pine - sides
3 of 32 x 32mm x 856mm PAR pine - shelf slats
Pattex No More Nails adhesive
8 steel corner brackets or braces
4.5 x 50mm cut screws
4.5 x 25mm cut screws
Woodoc gel stain
Woodoc antique wax
OR Plascon clear or tinted varnish
2 pack of jute rope
1 pack of window sash cord or rope
Drill / Driver + assorted bits
Mitre saw or wood chisel
Orbital or random orbit sander + 120- and 240-grit sanding pads
1. The design for the bench features half-overlap joints on the top frame front and back, and legs.
2. You can use a table saw, mitre saw or wood chisel to remove the section for the half-overlap joints.
3. Glue and clamp the sections together overnight.
GOOD TO KNOW
While the half-overlap joint was used to avoid having visible screws, the assembly wasn't strong enough and screws were added to join the frame and legs together.
4. Use steel angle braces to attach the side sections to the completed side frames using steel corner braces. Since the braces are mounted underneath you won't see them once the bench is finished.
5. Measure up 50mm up from the bottom on each leg and attach the shelf frame front and back about this. Apply a bead of Pattex No More Nails to the edges and attach by pre-drilling a 3mm countersunk pilot hole. Secure with 50mm screws.
6. Secure the bottom shelf with angle brackets, aligning the top of the sides with the top of the shelf front/back.
7. Secure the slats with glue and flat braces underneath the slats.
8. Sanding and staining
Sand with 120-grit on any uneven edges. Sand with 240-grit to smooth, also sanding along the sharp edges.
Apply wood stain in your choice of colour, or leave unstained and apply antique wax, or use a Plascon clear or tinted varnish.
9. Weave the bench seat
Use a couple of 25mm screws to secure one end of the rope underneath the top side section.
Wrap the rope over and under the top, keeping the rope in a bunch as you work your way along. A gap of about 5mm between the rope is sufficient.
You will need to join sections together. Use a couple of screws to secure the new rope on top to continue.
Add a couple of screws to secure the end of the rope and trim.
For adding the contrasting weave, secure the end of the sash cord with a couple of screws.
GOOD TO KNOW
Wrap the end of the sash cord with tape to make it easier to weave.
Thread the sash cord over and under to create your desired weave pattern.
On the other end add a couple of screws to secure and then loop over and secure to start the second row.
Repeat this to add the weave design at the front of the bench seat.