I made a simple bench, with a place for storage bins, nothing fancy just practical. Its 6ft long, and made of 2 2×12×8ft long boards. I started by ripping the boards in half.

This gave me my main pieces the top. I then took the left over and started cutting the legs into a 1.5×2 pieces.

I made some pocket holes and started making the lower frames.

Once i had the 2 frames i had to make the center braces, again pocket holes were used.

I then clamped on the top pieces, i wanted to make it sturdy, so used more 1.5×2 strips to connect everything.

I had to leave it like that for a week as i went on vacation, well i got back at it today, finished the sanding, and ended up with this.

Dont know if you can tell but i rounded over the outsides edges, so they wont hurt your legs as you sit.


Nice bench. Well done.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Love the wood grain. That’s pretty cool idea. Great work.

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Update, i revamped this bench a little, i wanted to paint it, and i really wasnt digging those totes on it. Here is what i turned it into.

Quick and easy,but it looks great.

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