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Project by BRAVOGOLFTANGO posted 543 days ago 1520 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Designed this storage bench for my wife on Sketchup, built it from rough-cut western red cedar from Lowe’s. This is my fourth storage bench so far. Started with one for my Sis for Christmas, then my Mom wanted one, then made one for our neighbors who just had twins this week and finally my wife’s and best yet.

My initial design was much simpler but the downside of it was I didn’t think through the 1/4 paneling and allowing for the vertical area to be fastened to the vertical legs on the inside, in fact you could almost see daylight (about a 64th” gap). I recessed the bottom horizontal framework for the fastening and I did have lateral struts for the 1/2” birch bottom, but the verticals just needed more to fasten to. So this version involved using a dado cut on the inside corners of the 1-5/8” x 3” vertical legs. Now it had fully vertical fastening, no daylight whatsover.

The first one I built I used all pine and the lid was tounge & grooved on the tablesaw, this fourth one I used my custom diy dowel jig to fasten the cedar stripping for the lid, came out good. My wife loves it, even added a brass Handmade by tag on the inside lid, happy wife = tool upgrades for her next project :).





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workerinwood

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#1 posted 543 days ago

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 543 days ago

A nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 543 days ago

Great Looking Bench! Great design. I have been looking for something like this to build for our entry(wife bugs me constantly). Would you be willing to share the Sketchup design? I would highly appreciate it! Thanks!

-- From Plastics to Wood

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BinghamtonEd

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#4 posted 543 days ago

That’s a great looking bench. What finish did you use?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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BRAVOGOLFTANGO

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#5 posted 542 days ago

Thank you everyone, and Bingham I used Watco Danish Oil (cherry) from Lowe’s, that’s it, other than the wood prepping. I didn’t use any grain lifter pre-stain like Minwax makes for this project either, didn’t need it being western red cedar, at least this project didn’t.

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BRAVOGOLFTANGO

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#6 posted 542 days ago

Oh, Carl I’d be happy to share my drawings, let me put some dimensions back on them. I’m not the greatest at Sketchup yet. I build to order (wife projects lol) and have yet to learn how to add tabs within Sketchup whereby I can list a step by step. I’ve been print-screening and putting them in PowerPoint, but it works.

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PlasticMan48

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#7 posted 542 days ago

Hello fellow veteran. Thanks for the reply. I will look forward to the sketchup file. Guess we need to figure out how to do that. Not sure if you want to post here. No need to add dims. I am a retired design engineer designing plastic with Solidworks. Sketchup is new but its a matter of finding and navigating through for what needs to be done. Used powerpoint too for many years. Great way to put a design story together.
Looking forward!
Carl

-- From Plastics to Wood

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 542 days ago

Very nice looking bench.good job.

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#9 posted 542 days ago

Very nice! I love when art and function come together!

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#10 posted 542 days ago

Nice work and love the “happy wife = tool upgrade” rationale. Might have to move some of my wife’s requests up my project list.

-- Charlie

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 542 days ago

Nice looking bench, great project!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BRAVOGOLFTANGO

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#12 posted 542 days ago

Thanks guys, Carl that’s awesome you’re a design engineer, I just need to email it I guess. I don’t know where to post a Sketchup file on here, but would do so if someone could Obi-Wan-Kenobi teach me.

Charlie – bumping up your wife’s projects hot-or-not priority list means you’ll be…..........wait for it….................wait for ittttttttt….......................WINNING lol….

DISCLAIMER: Charlie Sheen if you’re reading this (doubt you’re a woodworker…wait…on second thought..oh nvm) anyway Charlie Sheen I’m not paying you royalties for using your antics.

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