Published at Sunday, 02 September 2018. Storage Bench. By Ina Kerr.
Outdoor shoe bench storage in it and a concrete top, and for us you can never really have enough storage or places for people to sit. That goes for pretty much anywhere in the house, but it's particularly true in the backyard it leaves for us anyway, and that's pretty much the goal for this project. When it's finished, it's gonna be able to hold about 20 cubic feet worth of kids, toys, tarps gardening equipment and whatever else we want to throw in there, and it should see six to eight people comfortably depending on their size.
So that would save even more space by cutting down on the need to store folding chairs for parties. Anyhow, so far, I've been breaking down my plywood into their rough dimensions, which you can see right here once that was done, I could use my table saw to cut a series of rabbits in the two side pieces. This is pretty straightforward: just making a pair of cuts along each edge to clear out the material, but for the top and bottom pieces which are really big I couldn't do it on my table saw so I decided to use my router. Instead, I started off by using the pieces that I'd already cut as a gauge to set the maximum plunge depth of the router.
Then next I used a scrap piece of plywood to mark the width that I wanted to cut the groove on the back of the piece. Then I took my router and lined the edge of the bit up with the line that I had just marked and traced. The shape of the routers base plate, then I just had to find the furthest point of that arc and made a line that went across the entire work piece that same distance.
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