I Can Do That: Dimensional Lumber Bench

By the door or at the foot of the bed, this simple bench is just right for a small space.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 32-33

From the October 2006 issue #157
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Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a lot of tools and machinery to get started in woodworking. While it’s certainly nice to have a jointer, planer, table saw and router, the only power tool I used to make this bench was a jigsaw. To learn about the simple tools and techniques we use, download the free and newly updated “I Can Do That” manual online at ICanDoThatExtras.com.

We designed this project around available sizes of common lumber and put it together with a simple but strong method: nails and cleats. To add visual interest to this simple design, the ends are thicker than the front, back, sides and top, and all of the joints are offset. This creates lines and shadows at the intersections. It also takes some of the pressure off your precision – if your measurements are slightly off no one will ever know.

From the October 2006 issue #157
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