DIY Rustic X-Bench (Free Woodworking Plans)


Over the past week or so I have been teasing a fun build on Snapchat and Instagram. Well, today is finally the day I get to share the big reveal! Even better, I’m also offering free woodworking plans, courtesy of Kreg and Build Something so that you can build your own! I created a fun, rustic entryway bench with room for storage and a trendy “X” design. Best part is, the entire project is made from 2×4’s and one 2×2. Bonus win, the wood for this project cost me right around $30! Not bad for a big and practical build!

How To Make A Rustic X-Bench

One of the most popular requests for projects are “stylish storage” options. While there are other plans on the web for X-benches or shoe storage. I wasn’t thrilled with any of the combinations I saw. So, naturally, I made my own!


If you can’t tell by some of my previous projects, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the “X” design. I’ve found an easier way to find those tricky angles, and now that I’ver perfected it, you can be sure that you’ll be seeing them in a lot more projects.

Want to know my trick for finding the angles of your “X”? Check this out. For a project like this, which requires frames with “X” inlays, start by building the frame. Once that’s done, place your wood under the frame at an angle. When you are happy with your placement, use a pencil to draw a line. You can then place the wood on your miter saw and line up the blade with the line. Then, adjust the angle of the blade to find which one matches up!

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Once your larger pieces are done, you can repeat the same process by dry fitting one piece inside the frame and then placing the second piece underneath and marking the angles with a pencil.

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Other than the quick trick I just showed you, the use of my Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig and DAP Wood Filler were the real MVP’s of this project. Oh, and if you’re wondering what color stain I used, here’s a big shoutout to Evengrain Stain. Their Brunette stain color made this bench really come to life!


Ps. If you’re wondering where those baskets are from, I ordered them from World Market.

Have I sucked you in yet? Hope so! If you’d like to make this bench, you can find my FREE plans over at BuildSomething.com (or you can click the image below)!

Want to save it for later? Don’t forget to Pin the plans!

Also, if you want to see another version of this bench with a solid bottom, please visit The Kim Six Fix for her tutorial as well! She’s super talented and totally paved the way for x-leg benches!

As always, if you have any questions throughout the building process, just shoot me a message! I’d be happy to help! Hope you all  have an awesome day!

*This post is sponsored by Kreg & BuildSomething.com. All plans, ideas, helpful hints, and opinions on paint color are my own.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Anika

    Love the bench and especially the finish!!! I might build something like this for my master bedroom 🙂

  • Amber Leavitt

    Love this bench !!

  • Anthony hernandez

    This is going to be my summer project

    • Sam Raimondi

      Yes! I love that! I hope you’ll share photos when you are done!

  • kira

    This looks very sturdy, would it support a heavy hutch (100+ lbs)? I can’t find a credenza the right dimensions :(.

  • Melissa Tupkelewicz

    What size baskets fit under it? What size did you order?

  • Devonee

    I am also wondering which size of basket you ordered.

  • Lana

    What exactly do I need to do to get the plans/directions printed for this bench. I filled out everything and signed up and I still can’t get them. Please help

    • JFox

      click the picture and it takes you to the kreg site with her plans.

  • Patricia Williams

    I love the Rustic X series and this bench is the perfect addition. We have made the bookshelf, coffee table, and working on the console table now. I was looking to make this next, but with a shelf in the middle (instead of baskets) to store shoes on. I’m thinking of 1x12s for that (similar to the bookshelf)… then I will need a dining room table to match 🤔. My poor husband is in for a busy summer of building with me!

    • Sam

      That sounds amazing!

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