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.
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.
The bed has four main parts to it the headboard foot board back in the storage base. I started off by ripping the plywood down and cutting the panels for the assemblies. The headboard and foot board are mirror images of each other with a frame and panel look and the frames are made of two by fours, Which I'll clean up later on the table saw for a more refined look. But first I cut all the parts to size on my mobile miter saw station.
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