|I finished with paint and sanded the edges. Then, I glazed with stain and roughed the edges again. Three or four coats of poly for an extra smooth finish.|
I originally built this storage bench for family shoe storage for a small hallway by the laundry room. However, when I built the farmhouse table, it was a perfect size bench for seating.
|12" x 12" DIY Simple Crates|
Then, I built these little simple wooden crates to fit into the cubbies.
|Here is the bench with the farmhouse table in the breakfast room|
Here it is next to the farmhouse table. It made the cozy little breakfast nook feel like it had a built in bench seat, without the permanent furniture arrangement (which is one commitment I can't handle). I'm thinking I may create a cushion and pillows for the top of the bench to add to the cozy factor.
Here are the plans:
Cut list (I had the plywood cut at the hardware store into 3 8' lengths of 16", but you won't need a full sheet):
2 - 17.25" x 16" - 3/4" birch veneer plywood (sides)
1 - 53.25" x 16" - 3/4" birch veneer plywood (base)
3 - 13.75" x 16" - 3/4" birch veneer plywood (cubbie walls)
1 - 54.75" x 16" - 3/4" birch veneer plywood (top)
1 - 54.75" - 1"x2" (front top trim)
1 - 54.75" - 1"x4" (front bottom trim)
2 - 16" - 1"x2" (sides top trim)
2 - 16" - 1"x4" (sides bottom trim)
You can either trim out the front cubbies with those veneer laminate strips or 1"x2" strips, but since I painted mine, I filled any holes, sanded and painted.
|Position the base piece 3.5" above the bottom (due to the length, add an additional support 16"x3.5" under the middle of the bottom board)|
Connect the base piece to the two sides (nails, screws or kreg system)
|Add the cubbie walls|
Secure the cubbie walls even spaced
|Position the top and secure to the base|
|Secure the side trim pieces at the top and bottom|
|Secure the front top and bottom trim pieces|
|Finish with your preferred paint, stain or combination of the two|
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