After I finished the entertainment center, I had scrap wood left over, so I decided to make a bench for our entryway. Because I already had the wood, stain, and screws left over from my entertainment center, this project was essentially free (or at least it felt like it was free).
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I wanted something functional where we could put bags, shoes, etc. The bench design is so simple, and it could easily be adapted to add more boxes or made with different material if using 2x12s are not a good option for you. For example, the bench could be made with 1x12s or with left over plywood (just add a frame made with 1x2s).
- 1- 2x12x12 (or you could use 2- 1x12x8 or plywood)
- 2 1/2 in screws (Kreg SML-C250-50 2-1/2-Inch #8 Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 50 Count)
- Paint or stain and polyurethane
- Miter saw or circular saw
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System) or you could counter sink everything if you do not have a pocket hole jig
- 2- 39in
- 2- 18 in
- 2- 12 in
Step 1: Attach top of bench to sides with pocket hole screws. Attach on the bottom, so they are not visible.
Step 2: Attach middle supports to bench top using pocket hole screws (or you could counter sink screws).
Step 3: Attach bench bottom to bench using pocket hole screws to attach to sides and counter sink screws to attach to the middle supports (You could use pocket hole screws, but it would be a tight fit trying to drill them in).
Step four (Optional): Use plugs to cover pocket holes.
Step five: Sand.
Step six: Paint or stain (I used Red Mahogany Stain).
This project was so easy. It didn’t take much time at all, and it very sturdy and functional. We placed the bench in our entryway under the picture ledge I made.
Considering what I paid to make the bench (nothing), the picture ledge with hooks (under $15), and the picture frames (they were given to me by a friend who didn’t want them), I couldn’t be happier with my entryway. Saving money is one of the reasons I believe it is better to build than to buy, and my entryway is a great example that you don’t have to spend a lot money to furnish your home.