|Project by BRAVOGOLFTANGO||posted 01-29-2013 06:03 AM||1844 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
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 :).