Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets
The other day we wrote about turning a dresser into a room divider and storage. Today we will finish this project with the living room sitting bench with storage baskets. I was inspired to create, design and build this functional sitting bench while roaming through a Ballard’s catalog and their Bourdonnais Desk. The fancy x leg design was calling my name.
This DIY custom build furniture was actually quite simple. The overall length of the living room sitting bench with storage baskets was determined by the length of our dresser room divider from part two.
Here is the living room sitting bench with storage baskets measurements and materials:
Overall size: 54”L x 14 ¾”H x 18”D
Materials to purchase:
1 – 2×2 @ 6’ – Pine
1 – 1×2 @ 8’ – Pine
6 – 1×3 @ 6’ – Pine
1 – 13/64 Plywood @ 54” x 18” – plywood
Kreg pocket hole screws 1 ¼” and 1” for joining the sitting bench to the frame.
4 – 2×2 @ 14”
4 – 1×3 @ 15”
4 – 1×2 @ approximately 22” [will form the X design on the legs]
5 – 1×3 @ 50 1/8” [your size may vary depending on the bench length]
9 – 1×3 @ 15” [to hold the storage baskets]
Instructions for building your living room sitting bench with storage baskets
It is always advisable to read through all the plans before you start any project. Here are the living room sitting bench with storage baskets building plans complete with measurements:
Cut the four 2×2 and four 1×3 for the legs. Whenever I cut pieces the same size, I like to use a jig to ensure each cut is identical.
Kreg drill two holes using the ¾” drill guide in each end of the 1×3. These will attach to the 2×2.
Since we wanted a reveal on our sitting bench legs we placed a scrap piece of 1x beneath the 1x3s. Briefly clamp the 2x2s to prevent the legs from moving while you drill the 1 ¼” Kreg screws. Attach two 1x3s to two 2×2. You now have one side of your living room sitting bench with storage baskets built. Repeat the process for the second leg.
Building the X design on the legs was a bit tricky, but with some patience, it worked out just fine. The trick is to draw the correct angle on our 1×2. Lay a 1×2 underneath the leg, making sure the edges align. Carefully draw a line on each end to mark the angle.
Lay the board on our saw and attempt to align the pencil mark with the laser beam (We are lucky to have Ryobi radial arm saw with a laser light, something we purchased last year). Secure the piece to the saw and cut the angle. Using an angle finder we had a 75 degree angle.
Now comes the tricky part, cutting a dado on each X so the pieces overlapped. We used the same method to find the angles were the Xs cross each other. Lay one on top of the other and draw a razor thin line to mark your dado edges.
Set your table saw depth to half the width the 1×2 (3/8”). I positioned the miter gauge to match the angle (about 75 degrees, but this required several practice cuts to get the angle correct). Using a stop block, I marked the right and left edge of the dado. Then I used successive passes of the saw to remove the require material. It worked like a charm. The pieces fit to each other like a glove. For the inevitable gaps, a little wood putty covers any blemish.
Glue and nail the X frame members to the frame. It may be difficulty to get the nail gun into such a tight spot, so use a wood stop to prevent the nail bit from running on you. If need be, use a nail set to drive the nail beneath wood surface.
Fill all the Kreg holes with wood putty. We created our own mix, but you can also use 3M Wood Filler. Then, while this is drying, you can start on cutting the frame parts.
Cut the five 50 1/8” 1x3s for the frame. Kreg drill two holes using the ¾” drill guide in each end of the frame members which will secure to the legs. Also drill three Kreg holes in the three top frame pieces. This will secure the sitting bench top to the frame.
To attach the frame pieces to the legs, lay the sitting bench legs on its side and stand the frame members up tall. Clamp a scrap wood piece to prevent the frame member from moving when you drill the Kreg screws.to join the frame. Repeat this process to connect the five frame members to the legs.
Ta-da! Your frame is built. Pretty easy uh.
Next cut the nine 15” 1x3s that will form the slates to hold your storage baskets. Kreg drill two holes in each end using the ¾” drill guide.
Secure the slates to the bottom frame members using Kreg screws. Use a spacer to ensure equal length between each slate. The first wood slate was ¾” from the end. The remaining slates were equally spaced 3 ¼”.
We then sanded all the slates to ensure a smooth finish.
Until next time when we finish the Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets by painting piece to match our décor and adding the foam cushion and wonderful burlap fabric.
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