Published at Monday, November 26th 2018. by Joyce Ortega in Storage Bench.
Outdoor storage bench. I'm over at the miter saw and I'm going to be cutting the two by fours that are 25 inches long for the front and back panels. You're going to need about six of those, so I'm using my measuring tape, marking at 25 inches and let's cut them. So now you have this 25-inch long piece and instead of measuring each individual piece, you can just take the one that you just cut. Lay it on top of the 2x4 to mark your next cut. Okay, I have all six of the 25-inch pieces cut. So now I'm going to cut the 2x4 for the side panels and they are 10 inches long and I'm going to do the same thing here at the miter saw one way you can make this task a little bit easier and to produce consistent cuts is to Use a scrap piece of wood as a stop block, so I've got this piece of 2x4 here, that's cut to 10 inches and I'm going to butt this up against it and then I'm going to clamp this into place. So every cut that I make now is going to butt up against this stop block and it will reproduce ten-inch pieces. So now, what I'll do is I'll put the next piece on butted up against it, hold it down and cut it, and that way you'll have ten inch pieces every time, but it up against it make your cut with your saw, stops before you move it, because you don't want to take a chance and move your stop block, I'm going to reposition the stop block to 17 inches and then I'm going to cut 8 pieces for the feet and to save some time, I'm not going to show me cutting it because it's the Same as the other two panels that I cut all right, let's do a quick inventory.
I've got the four legs right here. I've got the side panels and I've got the front and back panels over here before we start to join all this together. We're going to briefly talk about the construction methods for these legs and there, going to be going together like an l-shaped like this, but since we don't want this board to be wider on one side than it is on the other. So if we just put these two boards, these two by fours out together like this you'll notice - that this side is wider than this side, because you got the thickness of the 2x4. So what we're going to do is we're going to take one of these two by fours down an inch and a half and width to make it two inches wide, because the 2x4 is not 2 inches by 4 inches. That's one and a half inches by three and a half inches so to make these square, or at least pretty close to the square we're going to rip one of these two by fours down to two inches. Now, when you're done cutting these don't get rid of these scraps because two of these cut off pieces here we're going to use four cleats on the inside, where the shelf lays on so figured before I went ahead and screw dollies together, I'm going to go ahead And pre-finish this with a deck stain.
This is the super deck Sherwin-Williams. It's in the English walnut semi-solid color. I figured while I have access to everything in miles. I go ahead and pretty finish it to apply the deck stain. I just used. The real cheap synthetic brush and since this is water-based when you're done applying the first coat just rinse it out with water and let it dry and you can reuse this same brush for the whole project. The first three sides are dried, so I'm going ahead and flip them over and I'm going to apply a coat on this one side that I couldn't get now that everything is finished, I'm going to go ahead and start constructing the legs. I'm just using this simple $ 39.00 Kreg jig since these pieces are a little bit smaller. I have the Kreg jig set to 7/8 and I'm using one and a half inch screws, and I believe I have the drill bits that also set to seven eighths. But you want to do a couple of practice pieces to make sure, ah, with your leg line back up, just to make sure that it's flush on the top and bottom put a clamp to hold it into place. On each end. And using this one and a half inch screws just go ahead and screw them together. So I've gone ahead and readjusted my Craig jigs one and a half inches and I've done the same with the drill bit and I'm also going to be switching back over to two and a half inch screws. So each of these stretcher pieces we're going to receive two screws on each end, so I'm going to clamp the jig into place and actually drill in both of these holes. So I'm going to come to the end. Take the quick clamp, clamp it into place and just like before plant the board down to my workbench, so it doesn't move so which stretcher will have four screws two in each end, all right! So now we're ready to actually start assembling this I've got the stretcher in between two legs here and I'm going to use this quick clamp here to make sure that it stays into place.
While I get the screws in so you want to make sure that it's flush on the top here stretch the clamp out and double-check, and I'm using these two and a half inch screws again. Like I mentioned earlier now, the first ones in I've cut a 1-inch piece of scrap here to use as a spacer. So I'm going to put it below this top stretcher. Take the next leg and butt it up and screw it in I'm going to pop the spacer out, put it below the last one slide it into place: maintenance, a mallet and there's one side apposite here to show you that I put the legs on backward. I guess on the back one as you can see here, the legs are on different orientation on the front and back panels, but it's it's no big deal I'm going to go ahead and use the Kreg jig once again to put the two holes in each side. Just like I did here and then we will go ahead and attach the side panels with that in there I've cut this 1-inch spacer a little bit shorter, so it can fit in between slide it up. Remember those cut-offs, I told you to save well now, I'm cutting those two 14 inches for the bottom cleats to the shelf set over, and while I'm at the chop saw, I cut three these boards at 29 inches for the bottom shelf and while I'm at it, I'm going to go ahead and measure for the top make sure that all the pieces that I have on the plans are accurate and, if not adjust those and I'm going to go ahead and cut all the pieces that are left and then refinish them before putting them on a cabinet base here.
The first thing that I cut on the top is the 17-inch. I guess fake breadboard ends, I'm going to measure and cut 25 inches for the other four stretchers that make up the top and just like before. I went ahead and pre-finish these pieces and I just wanted to mention that I put a total of two coats on the whole piece to attach the cleats a pre-drill and put a total of three screws in each cleat. I pre-drilled and screwed in two screws on each side of these bottom shelf pieces and I've got a 3/4 inch piece of scrap to help with the spacing. When it came time to space the center shelf board. I switched back to the one inch scrap, but on the outside two pieces, I used a three quarter: inch scrap piece to connect the stretchers to the breadboard ends, I'm putting two holes at each end of the stretcher and finally, it's time to assemble the top and I'll make sure that it's flush and use this long, quick, clamp before I screw in two and a half inch screws, unlike before I'm using this 1 inch spacer in between each of the stretchers. When it came to the last stretcher, I did not use the 1-inch spacer. I line it up with the ends of the breadboard because that's more important than the 1-inch gap in between each of the stretchers. I kept it pretty simple on the hinges that just used some gate hardware that I picked up at lowes.
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