Simple, sturdy, and stylish — you can’t ask for much more when it comes to a bench that lives on the porch.
It can be a harrowing event moving from messy outdoor activities to the indoor domain. You need a buffer that can take the hit of shedding the boots, coats, and other mud-caked paraphernalia. If you don’t have a mud room, you can park the good-looking bench you see here by any entryway. It’s surprising how solid and strong this bench is for no more than it weighs. 8/4 oak was the wood of choice for all the parts of this project. The thick legs are glued up from this material and gives you the opportunity to put the best face forward. You’ll also notice that the legs are angled outward; it’s subtle, but it adds a little more stability to the bench. Not to mention its eye appeal. You can’t see them but there are tenons at the top of the legs that are epoxied to mortises in the bench. The bench’s bread-board ends are held in place with big lag screws. They pair well with the hardware that’s attached to the bench via the stretchers. All of these components add up to a bench that’s fun to build, durable enough for outdoor weather, and handsome enough to reside at the main entry of your home. I’m thinking that building more than one is a good idea.
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- 7 pages of step-by-step instructions
- 27 full-color photos, illustrations, and exploded views
- Materials List & Project Supplies Sources
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