I am making a raised panel bench seat that is enclosed for the bedroom. As always, storage is at a premium at our place. I’m making this bench to go along a long wall will let us sit to put on our socks and still have a storage space.
In my mind it will look like this. It’s just a sketch and that’s how I usually start. The length will be 54 inches and the height 20 inches. Since it’s actually a sitting bench it will be quite squat as a chest would be much taller.
The wood I’ve chosen will be cherry. It’s my first time working with it. I must say it’s pretty nice to work with. The other woods i’ve worked with to date are oak, maple, mahogany, and black walnut, along with some soft woods.
After jointing the edges I cut all pieces to length and then ripped them to 3” width.
The next step was to cut the ends of the stiles.
Then route the rail edges. The bit is an ogee shape. The raised panels will be also.
There they are done. Next time I’ll be prepping and gluing up the insert panels and the top.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.