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Build a Bench with Firewood Storage

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

This rugged outdoor bench will also keep the snow and rain off your stash of wood for your fireplace or outdoor fire pit.

Firewood Bench

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Miter saw or portable circular saw and crosscut guide
  • Orbital sander with 100-grit and 150-grit sanding discs
  • Cordless drill and driver bit
  • 1/8-in and 3/16-in drill bits
  • Clamps

Materials

  • See Cutting Diagram for lumber quantities
  • Exterior wood glue
  • FastenMaster 12-count 4-1/2-in structural wood screws, #194827
  • 2-1/2-in deck screws
  • Olympic exterior stain, Cedar Naturaltone

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Instructions

Bench Frames

Step 1

Cut the legs (A), slats (B), and feet (F) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List, and Cutting Diagram). Round over the cut ends of the legs, slats, and feet with a sander and 100-grit sandpaper so these edges match the factory edges. Set the feet aside for use later.

Good to Know

When cutting or sanding pressure-treated wood, wear breathing and eye protection, and wash your hands thoroughly afterward. Never burn treated-wood scraps -- discard them with your trash.

Step 2

Attach the legs to the bench.

Lay a slat (B) on your workbench with the best face down and position a leg (A) against one end so the top end of the leg and the top surface of the slat are even. (Work with the parts upside down for now.) Drill three 3/16-inch pilot holes through the leg and into the slat. Extend the holes into the slat to suit the length of the screws. Drive 4-1/2-inch structural wood screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Add a second leg to the other end of the slat. Repeat to make another slat/leg assembly.

Good to Know

As you assemble the parts, orient the best faces and edges to the outside.

Step 3

Install the lower slat in the bench.

Turn a legs/ slat assembly right side up. Insert a lower slat (B) between the legs (A), using two feet (F) as spacers to elevate the lower slat. Drill pilot holes and drive the structural wood screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Repeat for the second sides/slat assembly.

Center Frame

Step 1

Cut the rails (C), leg fillers (D), and seat supports (E) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List, and Cutting Diagram). Round over the ends of the rails and leg fillers with a sander so these edges match the factory edges.

Step 2

Using a circular saw or a jigsaw, cut one of the rails (C) to 3 inches wide (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).

Step 3

Add the center frame to the bench.

Lay one bench frame on your workbench with the inside edges up. Apply a bead of exterior wood glue centered along the edges of the legs and slats. Place the rails (C) and leg fillers (D) in position (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) flush with the outer surfaces of the bench frame at the top edge and ends. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes and drive 2-1/2-inch deck screws.

Step 4

Assemble the bench..

With the bench frame/center frame assembly (A/B/C/D/E) and second bench frame (A/B) upside down on your workbench, apply glue to the inside edges of the second bench frame and clamp the halves of the bench together (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Working from the bench frame/center frame assembly side, drill angled pilot holes through the rails (C) and into the slats (B) of the second seat frame. Drive 2-1/2-inch deck screws. (Project Diagram, Drawing 4).

Supports and Feet

Step 1

Cut the seat supports (E) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). Retrieve the feet (F).

Step 2

Apply glue to one edge of each seat support. Position them on the bottom faces of the upper seats (B), 1 inch in from the outside edges (Project Diagram, Drawing 1, and Drawing 4). Drill pilot holes and drive 2-1/2-inch deck screws.

Step 3

Add feet to bench

Drill pilot holes near the corners of the feet. Apply glue and position the feet on the bottom faces of the lower slats (B) in the corners formed by the legs (A) and rail (C). Drive 2-1/2-inch deck screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).

Finishing Up

Step 1

Inspect the bench and sand any rough spots. Also, sand away any visible mill marks.

Good to Know

Always wear eye and breathing protection when sanding pressure-treated wood.

Step 2

Stash a supply of firewood inside this DIY outdoor bench. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Apply an exterior stain (Cedar Naturaltone shown), taking care to double-coat exposed end grain.

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