How to Build An Elegant Functional Storage Bench

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a storage bench for an entryway.

Shopping List for Building a Storage Bench:
– 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch cabinet-grade birch plywood
– 1×3 and 1×8 poplar
– Crown molding
– Two wicker storage baskets
– 4 Decorative coat hooks
– Carpenters’ glue
– Cloth rag, for wiping off excess glue
– 1 1/4-inch pocket screws, used to join rails to stiles
– 1-inch screws, for attaching stiles and rails to the plywood back of the bench
– 2 1/2-inch drywall screws, used to assemble the storage box
– 1 1/2-inch brads, used to join together the legs
– 120-grit abrasive disks
– 1-inch pins, for securing the crown molding
– Primer and latex paint or wood stain

Tools List for Building a Storage Bench:
– Table saw, for ripping plywood to width
– Track saw, used to crosscut plywood to length
– Miter saw, for cutting poplar parts to length
– Pocket-hole jig, used to bore pocket holes
– Clamps, for holding parts during pocket joinery
– Drill/driver
– Impact driver, used to drive screws
– Router with quarter-round stepped-beading router bit, for shaping edges
– Wet/dry vacuum, used to collect dust
– Jigsaw, for cutting a radius into each leg
– Pneumatic brad nailer
– Random-orbit sander
– Pneumatic pin nailer

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