Build a Kid's Country Bench
A cute bench that also stores! This simple easy to build bench incorporates traditional style with storage. Add a colorful cushion and give your children a reading space.
Photo by Jenny.
1 – 1×12, 12′ Long
1 – 1×3, 8′ Long
2 – 1×12 @ 29 3/4″ (Shelves)
1 – 1×12 @ 6″ (Divider)
2 – 1×12 @ 18 1/4″ (Sides)
1 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Top)
2 – 1×3 @ 36″ (Top Trim)
Divider and Shelves. Begin by marking the shelves 14 1/2″ from each end, as shown above. This is the joint. Mark both sides so you also know where to fasten from. Then drill a pilot hole and fasten the divider to the shelves, as shown above. Check for square.
Sides. Mark the sides as you did the shelves, on both the inside and the outside. Then fasten the shelves to the sides. Predrill and countersink your screws, as you did in step 1.
Side Cutout. Use a round object to draw out your side cutouts and then use a jigsaw to carefully cutout the sides as shown above.
Top. Mark the top 2 3/8″ in from either end and position on top of the bench. Fasten to the sides.
Top Trim. Cut the sides of your top trim as shown above. Fasten to the top, keeping top edges flush. Predrill and countersink your screw holes.
Finish. Fill any holes with wood filler and sand and finish as desired.