Intro: Outdoor Bench With Storage
Cedar bench, and base opens to store your outdoor items like flower pots, hoses, etc.
Step 1: Materials
7, 8 foot long 1x6's
Screws for decking
Roll of wire mesh
3/4 inch truss head screws
48 inch continuous or piano hinge
2 inch square drive screws
Step 2: Build Legs
Rip a 1x6 with circular saw or table saw at 45• angle so you have 2 long half pieces.
Then from each half cut two 16 inch and two 32 inch lengths
For two of the 32 inch ones (back legs / back rest support), taper the front edges making sure both mirror each other exactly.
Clamp and glue legs together at mitered edges, forming 4 legs.
Step 3: Cut Boards and Install on Legs
See picture. Cut 4, 44 inch pieces. And 4 16 3/4 pieces. Use deck screws to install into legs creating " box".
Step 4: Cut a 46 Inch by 3/4 Inch Piece
Then cut it into 4 pieces that you can screw into bottom of "box" which serve as support for wire mesh.
Step 5: Add Mesh for Bottom of Bench
Attach with truss head screws
Step 6: Make Bench Seat and Attach Hinge
Take 3, 46 inch length 1x6's and join with three support pieces, and screws. See pic
Then cut and install a 46 inch, 2 1/2 wide board between the back legs and rest on top of back base boards, and attach with Trimhead screws
Cut hinge to same length, Then use hinge to attach to inside back edge of seat. Attach hinged seat to base
Step 7: Cut Back Rest Boards and Screw In
Cut either square or rounded ( your preference). And attach with Trimhead screws.
Stain bench to liking. Enjoy!