How to Build a Kitchen Storage Bench

Lunexar says:
what thickness of plywood is recommended?
what thickness of plywood is recommended?
Built-In Kitchen Bench

Do you have a nook in your kitchen that's just the place for a cozy bench? Maybe you already have a table and chairs there, but the space is tight, and getting in and out of the chairs is awkward. A bench solves this problem because you don't push it back as you slide in and out. This bench offers more than sitting space; it offers storage space as well. Open the seat lid, and you'll find a handy place to store tablecloths or infrequently used dishes. There's even a box built into the side for storing cookbooks.

Materials and finishing
The bench shown here is built of oak plywood with solid oak edging to match oak kitchen cabinets. You might choose cherry or birch plywood to match your kitchen. Birch plywood also looks great when painted. Consider painting the base and back to match the walls and using a clear finish on the seat and trim.

Prestart Checklist

About 16 hours to construct, plus finishing time

Tape measure, hammer, nail set, utility knife, metal straightedge, sliding bevel gauge, protractor, utility knife, tablesaw, circular saw with rip guide, C-clamps, electric drill driver with 3/64-inch bit for predrilling, handsaw or jigsaw, sanding block or random-orbit sander

Accurate measuring, sawing, routing, drilling

Assemble tools and materials, prepare a large work area, prepare installation site

Exploded View
Cutting Diagram and Materials Needed
Continued on page 2:  Cutting the plywood


Comments (2)
Lunexar wrote:

what thickness of plywood is recommended?

1/15/2012 10:11:10 PM Report Abuse
emmmanios wrote:

Awesome project. Thanks a lot

3/24/2010 02:36:31 PM Report Abuse
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