Spa Bench

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 14:43
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A good place for rolled towels, a good place to sit! This simple spa bench is compact enough to fit in most baths, but adds both storage and seating. Super easy to build and inexpensive.

Special thanks to Heather for sharing her photos.

37" x 18" x 11 1/2"


Shopping List

1 – 1×10, 10′ Long
1 – 1×12, 4′ Long
3 - 1×3, 8′ Long

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×10 @ 17 1/4″ (Sides)
2 – 1×10 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves)
4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″ (Legs)
4 – 1×3 @ 31″
1 – 1×12 @ 37″ (Top)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Adhere to necessary safety precautions. Check for square after each step. Measure and cut your trim to fit your piece for the best fit.


Step 1

Build the Box. Start by marking the sides 3″ from the bottom. This will be the bottom of the shelves. Fasten the bottom shelf in place, using 2″ nails or screws and glue. Then fasten the top shelf in place.

Step 2

Legs. Fasten the legs to the sides of the bench as shown above, keeping outside edges flush. Make sure you also fasten to the sides and the shelves. The legs reinforce the sides

Step 3

Shelf Trim. Fasten the shelf trim to the shelves, as shown above. You may need to nail at an angle from the bottom corners of the shelf trim into the legs. Use 2″ nails and glue.

Step 4

Top. Mark the sides of the top in 1/4″ and 1/2″ from the ends. Position on top of the bench and fasten in place with 1 1/4″ nails and glue.


Tricia (not verified)

Mon, 03/15/2010 - 14:58

Hi Ana.
I am really loving the new look of the blog. I especially like the about tab at the bottom of each article.
It turns out that this was a fantastic opportunity for you to make a name for yourself, huh?! ;)
Keep up the amazing work. Your talent is truly an inspiration for those of us with big ideas, but struggle in the blueprint areas.

Pine Tree Home (not verified)

Mon, 03/15/2010 - 16:14

So happy when you say "outdoor". I am saving all these plans for when it gets a little warmer.

Laurie (not verified)

Mon, 03/15/2010 - 20:22

I know EXACTLY what you mean by the "wipe me mom" pleas. We're at that stage right now and it's a lot less work to do it than to take care of what happens next if I don't!

Talia (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 02:28

We are so glad to see you back!!! My fiance and I are addicted to your blog and check it daily (okay, really a few times a day between the two of us). When you didn't post, we fretted, sorry you were ill, take another day or two and really get back on your feet!!!!

(We are going to build the Grace's Town Grocery and Library for our soon-to-be 3 year old's birthday gift!)

Thanks for all you do!!

Talia & Tim

Rebecca (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 03:54

This is perfect for my Florida room to use as storage. Do you have an estimate of how much it would cost to make, with basic wood? I'll probably make about 10 of these if they are cost effective enough.


In reply to by Rebecca (not verified)


Mon, 04/15/2013 - 06:19

Hey Rebecca,
Assuming that you already have all the tools, nails, glue, etc...
I just bought my wood last night at Home depot and it cost about $25. You will have a bit left over here and there so the cost would go down per bench if you are making multiples.

Kate (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 04:42

Gorgeous bench! How's the finish done in the photos? I love it and will copy it if I can.

rebeccaV (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 06:36

Hi Ana! I just found your blog and I LOVE IT!! I'm totally going to buy myself a saw and make some stuff! I want to put your button on my blog, but I can't get it to copy. I tried to type it all in, which worked for the image but it didn't link to your blog. Any ideas?

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