It’s so cold and snowy here! I hope that you’re warm and safe wherever you are. I know some in the south are about to experience some rough weather. Be safe!
So, because it’s cold and snowy, I have been working in the basement shop. I haven’t worked down there much and it’s a mess. I need to take a whole day just to organize and clean up.
Today, I have a great little bench tutorial.
I picked up two of these beds last fall really cheap. They are quite small, because they are bunk beds.
I took one set of the beds to the basement and got started. The first thing I did was design something different than I normally do. Typically, I use the foot board for the arms of my benches. I wanted to do something different this time. I used the foot board for the front legs and front skirt of my bench. I cut the posts just above the lower portion of the footboard. The quick clamps are in place to rest the seat board to figure out placement of the side braces.
After getting started I realized that I needed to remove the little bunk bed “pegs”. To do that, I used my Dremel Multi-Max . I love the way it flush cuts.
After cutting the pegs, I gave it a good sanding.
I used 1×4’s for the side braces—drilling pocket holes on each end.
Here you can see the close-up of how I did the pocket holes with my Kreg Jr. Pocket Hole Jig
This is the bottom shelf of the bench. I had to use a ratcheting screw driver for all of the pocket hole screws because the fit was too tight to get my drill in there. Not good on the shoulder. I must find a better way!
I notched out the bottom shelf to fit in between the legs. I used Gorilla Wood Glue and my nail gun to secure the seat. I used a 1×10 for the seat and shelf.
It’s such a deep navy blue, it almost looks black against the snow. Yep, I hauled it up the basement stairs out to the snow to take these pictures. I have never added a bottom shelf before—I’m actually loving it!
It’s just so darn pretty! Not at all like the benches I’ve made before. It’s petite, and would make a great addition to an entry way, or even at the end of a bed.
The color is scrumptious! Can you see what the pillow says? “Happy Spring” Wishful thinking on my part!
Do you like this bench better than my regulars?
sharing at Becky’s under $100 Linky Party
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