Part two of how to “Make a Bench From a Headboard & Footboard” will focus on finishing the bench and showing you an image of the completed project.
Your dowels should now be inserted into the holes that were made in the footboard halves, so go ahead and insert them, being careful as you put the pieces together. Use wood glue in the drilled holes with the dowels, as well as along the cut edges of the footboard pieces. Now you will need to let it sit and dry for at least 24 hours. When this step is complete your product should resemble a bench with no seat.
Once the glue has dried, carefully lift and place the bench on its back. Use the three 1″ x 6″ pieces of pine lumber, and cut them with your circular saw the entire length of the bench. These three pieces will be used as the seat of the bench. Each piece should rest on the top of the lower section of the footboard halves, secure these with wood glue. Then screw in your L brackets with your drill/driver, such as the Milwaukee 2601-22 18V Lithium Ion Compact Drill/Driver, connecting the seat to the inside bottom of the bench.
On the front of the bench, sitting directly in front of the boards just placed to make a seat,
add the 1″ x 3″ piece of MDF lumber across the front bottom. This creates an apron just under the seat. This will give the bench the added illusion of being a substantially more bulkier piece.
Easiest step, caulk the cracks and joints!
Now use your spray paint or furniture paint to create the desired effect you prefer on your furniture piece. This bench can be upholstered and cushioned on the seat or you can leave it as a bare piece, maybe set it in the garden, or your daughters room as a bench in her reading nook. The possibilities are endless. So enjoy!