Built-In Dining Room Benches with Storage

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Project by barringerfurniture posted 06-04-2014 12:23 AM 15081 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile. I just finished installing these dining room bench seats today and wanted to share. These were built in the shop, then delivered and installed. The basic construction is 3/4” sanded (cabinet, paint grade) plywood with solid Poplar for some parts such as the ledge at the top of the back support and the applied quarter-round molding around the edges of the seats.

The seats lift, using piano hinges and there’s lots of storage space underneath. It’s not true frame-and-panel construction – the “frames” are just 1/4” material applied to the surface of the plywood.

Sorry I didn’t think to take pics with the seats lifted. The piano hinges work great though.

This was a tough install – built in two pieces to be joined at the corner after transport. The walls were everything imaginable; out of square, out of plumb, floor had some major dips. The baseboard had to be scribed along the floor and cut at a slight arch along the bottom. After a lot of shims and a bit of caulk though, it turned out great. Client’s happy. I’m happy. Life is good.

Thanks for looking!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 01:58 AM

Very good looking benches, Scott!!

Cheers. Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 08:24 AM

Great job very clean…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 06-05-2014 08:25 AM

Very Nice Work Scott!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 09:14 AM

Did you use solid Poplar for the rails and stiles? Did you use 1/4 inch plywood for the panels?

Looks clean and good use of materials keeping expenses low, I have a lot to learn in that department.

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