This is the 1st of 4 articles that I'm going to be posting on how to build your own mudbench. Hopefully it is clear enough. For each of the four posts I'll put up a PDF with the prints. Please forgive there sparseness, I'm not going to bother GD&T them.
Here's the breakdown
- Bench Seat
- Bench Body
- Vertical Edge forms
- Locker Body
I built this cabinet as a gift for my wife for Christmas. Our hall closet is bursting with stuff for the kids (puzzles, art supplies, etc) and all of their outer gear. We put wicker baskets in the top and bottom for shoe and coat storage respectively.
Step 1: Bench Seat
Bill of Materials:
- 3x 8' Premium 1"x4" pine board
- Some Miscellaneous scrap wood
- Wood Glue
- 3x Wood Clamps (At least 1-48"+ long)
- 8 oz can of Stain
- 8 oz can clear polyurethane
- Foam Brush
- Table saw (Dado blade is nice to have)
- Miter Saw
1. When purchasing your boards make sure you check them for flatness, be picky. Your best bet is always to look about two boards up from the bottom of the stack. All boards have some memory, if they dry out unsupported they could twice or bow.
2. Set your table saw up to cut the boards down to 3 7/16" ([11+3/4]/4) - Do this with all of the boards. You'll cut the lip pieces down slightly later.
3. Rough out your board cuts. Don't actually cut the 45 degree ends yet. Be sure to take note of: which edges need the grove - not all boards need both sides.
4. Hopefully you have some scrap wood that is greater than 0.20" x 0.40" rectangular. Now is a good time to cut it to size. Make it as uniform as possible but it doesn't need to e perfect. I have a bin of scrap pieces from previous projects that work great for this.
5. Setup your Dado blade if you have one, but if not no problem. A saw blade is 1/8" thick, so if you run your board through twice, on it's edge, per side, you'll have a perfectly centered slot for the tongue. Check your tongue width against your grove. It should slide easily up and down the whole length but now so tight that it bows the wood out.