Since we are reusing the wood from our old butcher block table, we started by dismantling it into pieces.
We determined the height of our bench would be 18.5″ high including the tufted seat so that meant we needed to cut the legs to 16.5″ high. Using a pencil and square, we marked the length for cutting.
For any holes visible on the wood, we added wood filler and plugs (if needed) and sanded the edges after the filler dried.
Next, we cut the pieces for the base of the bench seat. Reuseing the short ends from the butcher block table (which measures 4″high x 12″ long), we needed two new long pieces for the base to measure 4″ high x 43″ long.
We then notched the inside of the longer base pieces (to match the shorter existing frame pieces) and predrilled the holes for the screws for the existing butcher block hardware to fit into.
With all the piecees prepped, we assembled them together to form the bench frame.