For Valentine’s Day, we came up with a weekend project built with decking boards and 2×4’s: a Love Seat. Get it?
It’s a great bench style for instigating communication because folks are led to face each other in a more intimate way. This sort of coercion made us think about how Valentine’s Day reminds us to take a moment and pay attention to our loved ones, or our first dates, or whatever.
It’s a simple project and you don’t need to be a master woodworker to build it. The loveseat bench only has a couple of miter cuts, and the rest is right angles.Lastly, the herringbone pattern on the seat is super easy to layout, and it kind of reminded us of hand-holding, another Valentine’s Day nod.
You could also call this project a “First Date Bench or a “Conversation Bench.” We modernized the legs a bit and threw a subtle arc on the sides to soften it all up.
Once you’ve made this project, let us know how it went. We’d love to see it and brag on you, OK?
Check out the step-by-step instructions below, or you can print out a cut list and overview of the build here: Build A Lovely Loveseat Downloadable Printout
We recommend getting the following supplies:
• (12) 5/4″ x 6″ x 8′ Pressure Treated Southern Yellow Pine aka SYP Decking Boards
• (3) 2″ x 4″x 8′ Pressure Treated Southern Yellow Pine
• Exterior Grade Wood Glue
• 1.75″ or 2″ Wood Deck Screws (20+)
• 3″ to 3.5″ Wood Deck Screws (8+)
• Appropriate Bit for Deck Screws
• Pencil, Measuring Tape
• Table Saw
• Straight Edge / Carpenter Square
• Mitre Saw or Mitre Box with Handheld Saw
• Jig Saw (optional)
• Electric Drill
• 2-4 Clamps
• Radial Sander / Sanding Block
• Mitre Saw (optional)
• Protractor or Ruler
• Safety Glasses / Ear Protection
• Dust Mask / Work Gloves
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE LOVESEAT
Step 1: Measure and Cut Bench Legs (Six Total)
Step 2: Cut and Build the End Assemblies
Step 3: Cut and Attach the Right Frame
Step 4: Cut and Attach the Left Frame; Attach the Two Assemblies to Finalize the Frame
Step 5: Cut and Attach Frame Supports
Step 6: Cut Supports for Inner Leg Assembly
Step 8: Cut and Attach Seat Boards
Step 9: Draw and Cut the Curved Ends
Step 10: Love Your New Loveseat
How did it go? We love pictures and questions, please send both our way.