Bench With Storage – Project

This is the first indoor bench I ever made. I used 2×12’s for most of the construction and 1/4” plywood for the bottom. I pegged the corners with two dowels each to help prevent racking, the dowels are actually old sponge brush handles (use what you got!). I didn’t have a drill bit that fit the size of the dowels perfectly, and some of the dowels were slightly different, so the holes are a tad larger than the dowels themselves.

This bench was made without any mechanical fasteners.

The lid is a simple lift off style with a couple of pieces to prevent it from sliding around when it is in place. I prefer simple solutions that enable me to use what I already have lying around.

Lots of space for books and magazines!

The bottom is held in place by dadoes cut into the rails and legs. I like this method because it allows a little room for possible expansion and contraction and there is no hardware cost.

I didn’t paint the bottom, who looks under a bench anyway?

I finished it by painting it with a mis-tint from Ace Hardware (just $5 for someone else’s failure), and then distressing it with sandpaper. I then put a few coats of a 50/50 mixture of Shellac and denatured alcohol on it and called it finished. It isn’t the most durable topcoat, as my toddler has dinged it up a fair amount, but it has done better than I expected.

I really like the look of these legs.

The overall design is a modified version of the bench that thehomesteadcraftsman from YouTube uses with the farm table he makes. If you haven’t checked out his channel before, I strongly recommend it, he is an interesting fellow and makes a living off of his skills. He does metal engraving, knife making, woodworking, and buys properties, fixes them up and sells or rents them. He shows a lot of renovations on his channel.

Renovation channel
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCcDzxOd6Q6OLvBYNH2q98EQ

Woodworking and other skills channel
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCRWsQfRiwGqBaVP_29OrZVw

If you enjoyed this post or like this project, please let me know in the comments below! If you see something I could have done better, don’t hesitate to share some advice or experience in the comments.

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[…] second attempt at a bench with storage, you can read about my first one here. It is built from 2×12’s and 1×6’s. I used thinner stock for the rails this time in order to […]

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