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31 - How to Build Garden Bench with a Hidden Storage Compartment

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Detailed plans for this project can be found here:  


Tools & Specialty items in this build:
Bosch Miter Saw 12”    
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig    
Bostich Crown Stapler   
Woodpecker’s Square   
Japanese dovetail pull saw   
Clamping Straight Edge Saw Guide   
Quick Grip Clamps 
DeWalt Router   
Rabbeting router bit   
Plug cutters   

Supplies Used in this build:
Titebond III Wood Glue   
Kreg Pocket Hole Screws   
Self Centering (Vix) Bit   
Countersink bit   
Deck Screws   
GRK Screws #12 x 5-1/4”   
Continuous Piano Hinge  
Stainless Steel Trim Screws for Hinge  


I had an order for some outdoor garden benches for a client. They had some design specs, and they wanted the bench to be no bigger than 24” from front to back, and still have a comfortably sloping seat & backrest. They also needed storage underneath the seats. So this is the design that I came up with.
It is made from western red cedar, and will last forever outdoors. Cedar naturally resists rot and insects, and weathers to a beautiful color as it ages. For this bench however, we are applying a stain to match an existing project that the customer already has.
I applied our usual building techniques to make it as strong as I could. My daughters helped as usual. I hope you like it. And should you decide to build one, there is a detailed set of plans linked at the top of this page.

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