Published at Saturday, 01 September 2018. Storage Bench. By Lottie Osborne.
The long stretchers are a little bit longer than the capacity of my miter station, so I clamp them together and I can cut them to make sure that they were all the same size. I don't really love working with two by fours because they tend to be wet knotty and it's just hard to find straight boards, But with a little patience you can find some decent stock and to get good joints on the board.
There are a lot of repetitive cuts here and using a stop block is a huge help to make sure everything fits. Just right during assembly above the panels. There are some short 2x2 accents which I'll be making from the shorter lengths of 2x4 as I'm cutting here for smaller cuts. Like this, I use a 10-inch spacer on my miter stop, since the stop can only go down to 14 inches. I went ahead and cut the parts for the back assembly as well before the next step.
I like to rip them down to three and a half inches wide to three inches wide and remove that rounded edge. You also get some really nice, kindling or shims from these off cuts to get the two by twos. I make the same initial cut. To get one straight edge, Then I set the fence to an inch and a half, and I make two cuts to get two pieces out of each of the two by fours. You get nice clean edges, But man they are sharp so to round over the edges quickly. I clamped a hand sander down to my bench and I ran each edge over the sander a couple times.
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