Cottage bench for my cape-cod

Submitted by TF in VA on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 12:59

I really wanted a place to sit down and take my shoes off when I got home. I don't have a large entryway, so the space was tight. I looked online for a bench that would fit the measurements, and found a few that looked good-- except for the price! Luckily I already knew about Ana White, so I came here in search of some plans and lo and behold she already had plans posted for the exact same bench I liked most from the catalogs!

I've used power tools before, but never actually *built* anything from scratch. I thought my boyfriend would help me with this (he's got woodworking experience), but I got tired of waiting for him to get around to it, so I just did it all by myself!

I first attempted to make this without a Kregg Jig, cause I didn't want to spend the money on it if I didn't need it. But it didn't take long to figure out that I needed it. So back to the store I went (found out the hard way that Lowes sells Kreggs but Home Depot does not, at least the ones near me). And holy cow it was SO WORTH IT!

I also got to buy a new sander for the project, cause the hand-me-down from my dad had a missing bit of the clamp that holds the sandpaper to the sander (kind of essential)
So all in all I spent more than the catalog price of the bench, but I will get to use the tools to build all sorts of fun stuff!!!

Thank you Anna! You empowered me to build exactly what I wanted and I LOVE IT!!!!

Estimated Cost
$50 wood + Kregg Jig (and screws and wood plugs) + palm sander
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Red paint, to match my front door. Still need to protect the finish with some sort of sealant.
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