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How To DIY A Wood + Wool Bench

Ben Uyeda from HomeMade Modern shows how easy it is to combine knitting and woodworking into your next (or first) furniture DIY.

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2x12 8' Long

Available at Home Depot

An 8 foot long 2x12 makes a sturdy bench. If you want a shorter bench, you can have one of the nice Home Depot employees cut down a 2x12 to your desired size.

Iron Bench Legs

Available at the HomeMade Modern Store

This set includes four 16” high legs and screws to make your bench. The legs are handmade in the USA from raw steel.

Yarn

Available at Lion Brand Yarns

We used 4 skeins of a super bulky weight yarn with a weight category of 6. We used the “starlight” color. If anyone has any suggestions for a more eco-friendly alternative, please email me. The cover was knit as a flat piece, using a circular needle and a “seed stitch”. It was seamed together so that you could slip it on and adjust it accordingly.

Danish Oil

Available at Amazon.com

I finished the bench with a coat of Danish oil.

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5. Attach the legs.

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I used my RYOBI cordless drill to screw the legs to the underside of the bench. 2x12s tend to be a bit warped so you may need to insert a few screws between the plate on the legs and the wood on one or two of the legs to level it.

6. Slide on the knitted sleeve.

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I put the sleeve on last because I didn’t want to get it dirty while I was screwing on the legs. I loosened the lacing on the sleeve and slid it on over the legs. I then tightened and tied the lacings and tucked them under the knit part so they wouldn’t hang down and be visible.

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