2x4 dock box bench

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Project by Loren posted 04-03-2013 07:42 AM 3454 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this a while back. The constraint was to use
cheap kiln dried 2×4 wood with 1×10s used for the
recessed panels.

The design makes some compromises but the outcome
is not bad. You can walk around it and it doesn’t
look bad from any side.

The major design thing that makes me a bit uneasy
is the way the back is dense but that space under
the arms is just a big rectangular hole… I think filling
it in would be more cohesive.


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#1 posted 04-03-2013 07:57 AM

great job

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 08:26 AM

Good looking chest!

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 09:27 AM

NICE! Is the seat hinged for underneath storage of personal flotation devices, line, anchors and such; and is it coated with Spar Varnish/urathane for constant outdoor use? We that live on the waterfront and have docks could certainly put it to good use.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 09:32 AM

Loren great bench
I think the sides look right as it is.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 11:42 AM

Great build! What are you planning on using to treat the wood?

I think the sides look perfect – don’t change a thing.


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#6 posted 04-03-2013 11:55 AM

Great looking build, especially considering it’s made from construction lumber. Super nice design, change nothing.

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 01:08 PM

I agree with the others. Your bench looks great as is.

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 04:28 PM

It’s not a “real” dock box in that the people I built it for live in
a condo a few miles from the marina, from but they did put
it outside. I think they were going to varnish it themselves.

I might have stained it after taking the pictures. I like the look
of fresh clean white pine but of course it yellows in the light.

The seat does lift up.

The panels are done by rabbeting the frames with a router,
squaring the corners, dropping the panels in and installing
1/2” quarter round moulding with pin nails.


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#9 posted 04-03-2013 05:24 PM

Thanks, Loren. That’s good construction info I can use to store away for future (maybe real soon) use. Is there a major difference when doing this type panel installation in “Shoe molding” v.s. “Quarter Round molding”: and did you in this case use stainable or paintable grade where they’re bringing you construction materials? Not finding fault, but Just pure curiosity to help this ‘ole f**t’ learn something today. It’s still a Magnificant piece of work on your part.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 05:30 PM

realy nice looking

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 05:57 PM

nice job. simple yet practical

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 06:19 PM

I got all the wood at Home Depot except the maple plugs
which I got at Woodcraft. By quarter round I mean
the pine stuff which is 1/2” x 1/2” with a 1/2” radius on
one corner. I could have made it but I didn’t want to
mess around with the setup and sanding it for such
a modest amount.

I’ve also done this same sort of frame and panel with
a simple moulding that is square in x-section, like 3/8”.


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#13 posted 04-03-2013 07:42 PM

Nice job!

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 09:57 PM

I like it! To ease the densness of the back maybe you could put little concave curves in every third slat or so. Or maybe a little cutout design. It’s a great basic design though with lots of room for experimenting.

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 10:34 PM

Well done , Loren : )

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