Back Porch Bench

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Project by Blair Helgason posted 10-29-2009 03:39 AM 4259 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is nothing fancy but probably one of the most functional pieces I’ve made.

I built this bench for more storage as well as a place to have a seat or put a few things down while opening the door. It’s made using spruce 2X4’s and T&G Pine. I also wrapped the entire structure in vapour barrier to help protect it against moisture since the room isn’t insulated at all. All together including lunber and hardware the bench cost about $100 and only took about 3-4 days to build. It was very much worth it for the use that we’ll get out of it. Thanks for reading.

NOTE: The hinges I used for the four lids were from Lee Valley Tools. They’re called concealed lid hinges and worked very well for this application. That being said, I wouldn’t recomend them for projects that need to be more precise, they have a fair bit of play.

-- Blair

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 03:47 AM

That’s a great bench a big one too.


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#2 posted 10-29-2009 03:48 AM

I like it,,looks very functional,,,

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 03:49 AM

Nice looking bench.

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 04:37 AM

Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 04:42 AM

Looks like a great place to sit down and take your wet, muddy boats off and you can never have too much storage.

Well done.

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 02:37 PM

If these are like my benches, soon they will be filled to capacity with overflow piled on top of them with no where to sit.
Nice functional project.
Keep making sawdust.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 05:50 PM

Very nice, functional project. Much better than having all your clutter piled on the floor.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 05:06 AM

I like it. How did you get those boards together? And did you rout a grove afterwards? I was trying to look at the details.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 02:42 PM

Very functional bench.

Well done!

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Blair Helgason

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 08:33 PM


The structure was built with 2×4 construction, same as an interior wall. Then the 6” wide tongue and groove pine planks were brad nailed to it. Did that answer your question? Thanks for your interest!

-- Blair

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#11 posted 10-31-2009 04:41 AM

I love the benches. Great lines and nice look. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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