I finally got some more work done on the entryway bench.. I anchored the seat frame to the walls and then constructed the legs cut and screwed in underneath. I originally wanted to make the entire thing out of beams and barn boards that I had outside.. but simplicity triumphed and I resorted to 2×4s. In the long run, I think they’ll stand up better and would hold to the walls without the screws pulling through.
As you can see from the pictures below, I had to reinforce the seat with some oak plywood (anything else would have done just fine, but I had scraps that were the right size anyway). The tools pictured all fit nicely into the seat when the lid is shut. I also tacked up some 1/4” oak ply for the bottom of the seat
Once construction was complete, I cut a few more pieces for the bench: a 5” wide strip for the back where the hinges will mount, some 1/2” wide strips to straddle the lid, and some 1/4” thick pieces that I resawed to face the legs so the bleach-blonde 2×4s aren’t visible. I glued and tacked (with my little 18ga nailer) all the pieces to the frame.. There are still some more pieces to come.. Can’t wait to get it finished and on to Christmas gifts!
-- Dan, Rochester, NY