How to Build a Patio Storage Bench How to Build a Patio Storage Bench

What You'll Need
Treated timber sheeting and strips
Electric drill
Screws
Screwdriver
Nails
Hammer
Wood glue
12 metal L-brackets
2 hinges
Saw
Sandpaper
Wood stain

A patio storage bench can be built in an afternoon without too much difficulty for anyone familiar with basic carpentry skills. There is a choice of different woods which are appropriate for the job so you will probably want to go for something that best matches the rest of your patio furniture, if you have any. You can also save a great deal of time by having the wood cut to the right size at your local hardware store, if this is possible. The following steps explain how to build a basic bench rather like a box.

Step 1 – Cut the Timber

If you did not already have the timber cut to size at your hardware store, do this now having determined exactly how much you need and how big the bench is going to be. You will need 12 lengths of wood cut for the frame. In addition, you will need sheets of timber cut for the four sides and bottom of the bench. Finally, you will need a sheet of wood for the top, which will also serve as the lid. This will make you a very basic hollow box-like bench. However, it is not difficult to add a back rest to it or any other features.

Step 2 – Assemble the Frame

Assemble the back and front sections of the frame. These will both be identical. Have 4 strips of wood, connecting the two longer ones with the two shorter ones. To reinforce these sections, attach metal L-brackets onto the corners using wood screws having drilled pilot holes first. When both sections of the frame are complete, connect them together at the corners using four more lengths of wood. Again, attach L-brackets to the corners. You should have a complete frame connected together with 3 L-brackets covering each corner.

Step 3 – Attach the Sides and Bottom

Using wood glue, attach the bottom of the bench. Use nails as well for extra sturdiness. Place nails in the corners and every 6-8 inches, making sure that they are evenly spaced. Attach the four sides in the same manner.

Step 4 – Attach the Lid

For this basic design, the lid will simply be a single sheet of wood that fits perfectly to cover the top of the frame. Mount this on two hinges attached to the top back of the frame. At this point, construction is complete and you should have an opening box patio bench.

Step 5 – Finishing Up

The bench will look scruffy and unfinished at this point. Sand down any rough edges of the timber sides where the wood has been cut. Finally, stain or paint the wood and level it to dry. Give it a second coat for extra durability. Be sure to use an appropriate product as the purpose of this is not only to make it look finished, but also to protect the wood and make it as weatherproof as possible.

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