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Build Log: Kitchen Bench

Summary

  • Cost: ~$150
  • Time: ~long weekend
  • Completed: 2022-05-30

Design

Short of a full built-in window seat, we decided to do a simpler rectangular bench in the kitchen. Doing a stand-alone rather than built in simplifies the project and makes it portable in the future if needed.

Materials Required

Material Quantity Description
3/4" Birch Plywood 1x 4'x8' sheet $85, main structure, link
1x2 Pine 3x 6' boards $15, battens, link
3/4" Ambrosia Maple 6 board feed (~24"x48"x3/4") top, assorted dining table scrap
Caulk Kwik Seal Ultra: Kitchen, Bath & Plumbing
White Paint ~1 quart Sherwin Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex, Extra White
Top Coat ~1 quart $20, Minwax  Polycrylic Clear Satin Water-Based Polyurethane, link
Wipe-on Poly clear finish for wood top
Spring Hinges 2 $15, link

Tools Used

  • Circular saw
  • Bora circular saw guide
  • Kreg pocket hole jig
  • Impact driver
  • Jig saw
  • Nail gun
  • Clamps
  • Hand planer
  • Palm sander
  • Paint sprayer (borrowed this one)

Build Notes

Cut List

  • Plywood cut list (box structure):

    • 1x 3' 8 5/8" x 1' 11 1/2" bottom

    • 2x 3' 7 3/16" x 1' 5 5/8" front/back

    • 2x 1' 11 1/2" x 1' 5 5/8" sides

    • 1x 3' 10" x 5" front feet

    • 2x 1' 11 1/2" x 5" side feet

  • 1x2 cut list (battens)

    • 8x 1' 2 5/16" (verticals)

    • 2x 1' 11 1/2" (top sides)

    • 1x 3' 10" (top front)

  • Top cut list (ambrosia maple):

    • 1x 3' 10" x 2' 1/2" top (match cut with about 1/4" overhang on front and sides)

Process

  • Drill pocket holes
  • Jig saw for feet
  • Sand
  • Assemble main structure
  • Glue + nail feet and battens
  • Fill holes + finish sand
  • Paint with sprayer (1 coat)
  • Cut + glue up wood for top panel
  • Hand plane + sand and finish top panel (one side rough finished)
  • Spray poly top coat (2 coats)
  • Install hinges
  • Wipe-on poly top (~5 coats)

To Improve

  • Two coats of paint and more time between sprayed poly coats
  • Stronger spring hinges


Created: 2022-05-26-Thu
Updated: 2022-06-01-Wed