Published at Wednesday, November 21st 2018. by Joyce Ortega in Storage Bench.
Tufted storage bench. so we're starting off by building the base frame of the bench. I cut all the pieces for the top and the bottom rail or apron to size and cut the pieces for the ledges using 3/4 inch square of dowels I'm marked about a half inch down from the top of the bottom apron to screw in the ledge. This is where the bottom shelf for the bench will rest and I went ahead and drilled. All of my drills marks for the pocket screws for attaching the aprons to the leg, and I quickly realized when I was drilling the pocket holes for the bottom apron that I probably should have attached the ledge last. So I had to unscrew the ledge and through the Meccan, after I drilled the holes of the pocket holes, but before drilling the rails or aprons to the legs. I went ahead and marked the placement for the top and the bottom rails on all of the legs. On multiple sides so that everything would line up and be level and square, I'm using pocket screws for the assembly of the bench and my right angle, Craig clamp, came in so handy doing this whole process.
I know you guys are probably wondering by now: where did you get those legs? I mean seriously? Well, I actually got these legs from Osborne wood products, these legs that are called heritage, coffee table legs and they come in red oak, pine, maple and cherry, and I got them in maple. So these legs are the perfect height for a bench like this again. You can also use these for a coffee table. The details for the legs, as well as other products used during the build of this bench, can be found below in the description column. Next, I cut the piece for the bench base and the storage bottom, I'm not just a square into the corners of each of the bases using a jigsaw. I created a 1 inch opening on all four sides of the basis and in the center, I went in about two and a half inches. This is so that the base for the bottom and the bottom storage shelf would lay inside the legs and rest upon the ledge that I created now. There might have been an easier way to do this. However, I couldn't figure out what would be easier and easier solution. I also could have done this with pocket screws, and I found that it was easier with glue and a brad nailer on top of it, with the ledges in place. What the legend of the bench and the storage base in place without needing the help of additional hands, then I proceeded with putting the top rails on to the storage bench as I went through this process.
I'm really glad that I marked each of the legs on all sides of the legs, the position of the rails or aprons because, in order to make sure that it was straight, I had to line them up all at all times and make sure they were level. Before in setting the bottom of the storage cavity, I installed a upper support, a beam for the storage cavity, and for this, I just used a 1 by 2 piece of lumber. This is a very long bench I made this bench so that it could go at the foot of a queen-size bed, so I made sure to put Center beams under the upper portion of the bench and at the lower portion and the first time I dropped the Storage bottom in place it fit without any adjustments. It really helps to celebrate those moments and pretty much the bench was done. All that I needed was the top of the bench with the bench top cut. I use my trim router to route into the top of the bench. The area where they hinge it with hinges would lie so that the hinges would be flush with the opening. I used pretty basically. Three dollar hinges for this part, and I used three hinges. One on one on either side and one in the middle, and I proceeded with drilling a hole into where the hinges would lie before drilling it in place.
Next, it was all about finishing the bench I covered the pocket holes using wood plugs and some wood glue and gave it time to dry before removing any excess wood. And then I inserted all of the corner braces in the top portion and the bottom of the bench like I mentioned earlier, this is a large bench. It's long meant to be at the foot of a queen-size bed, so it's very important to make sure that you have the proper support at the bottom and at the top of each portion of the bench. I also outlined where the hinges would go once it's fully assembled next, I upholstered the top portion of the bitch. This was probably my favorite part of building this bench and yeah. I'm really proud of myself for doing it, but to find out details on how I tufted the top portion of the bench. You're gonna have to stay tuned for the next tutorial, and I conditioned the wood on the legs and the aprons with some wood conditioner. Before staining it to give the bench a fully completed, finished, look like somebody, you would find in a store.
I applied some underlayment fabric to the inside of the storage cavity of the bench and I use spray adhesive by 3m to adhere to the underlayment to the interior of the bench. This glue gets very sticky and tacky, so you have to go slow and make sure that you remove any of the creases or indentations to attach the top portion to the bench. I strongly recommend a second pair of hands. For this part, I brought in my little brother to help me assemble the top and put the hinges on and with the hinges on, we were done. This is probably my favorite project to date. I absolutely love how this turned out and I use it all the time at the foot of my bed. I can hide like books in their blankets.
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