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The Bench - Built-ins Part 5

Hi there!

Getting ready for Thanksgiving? I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'm going to spend it over at my SIL's house. She always has great food. ;)

I wanted to give you the details about the bench before heading into the holiday. If you're new here, you can check all the work done in this room by following the links at the end of the post.

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The bench was an easy built, it was in fact easier than I thought.

I always overthink stuff, I was thinking of building this bench with two or maybe three legs to help support the weight of people sitting on it. Well, that was the plan, but then one day when my brother-in-law came to visit, I asked him how he would do it. He was like oh, that's easy, a simple 2 x 4 structure attached to the wall and the base cabinets.

I was like... Ha, doesn't it need legs to help support the weight it's gonna carry? and how about sagging, that thing is gonna be 70" long?
He was like... Nope,  for those 2 x 4 to sag is gonna take an elephant to sit on them, and the studs on the wall plus the bases are gonna be enough to support it.

So, I'll take easy any time! :)

The first thing to do: Find and mark the studs on the wall.

I went the sure way... poking holes with an awl.  I had to drive those screws dead center.
2 x 4's connected with pocket holes were the main material for the bench.

Scrap pieces of plywood supported their weight while I was driving the screws into each of the studs on the wall and side cabinets.
This is my way to know which screw size is needed. I grabbed that piece of molding to act as the sheetrock and I can clearly see how deep that screw is going into the stud in the wall.

RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit 

with (2) 1.3 Ah Batteries, Charger and Bag

½" plywood was used for the seat, attaching it with 1" screws.
I still need to add a better-looking board to the front of it.
The wall was then planked with underlayment, and 8" planks. I didn't use glue on this, I might want to change that treatment in the future, nails driven into the studs will secure them nicely and it will be an easier way to remove them later on.

18-Volt ONE+ Cordless AirStrike 18-Gauge Brad Nailer (Tool-Only)

And well, here I am securing the last plank that day, I couldn't go any further because it was time to finish the top part. And before finishing the top part of the shelves I had to address the ceiling, but you can check that post right HERE.

And this is the look of the bench all done:
dining room bench

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  1. Not sure what your bench plan is but can I suggest building a base that sits on the floor, topped with mdf or ply...slip it underneath then frame out the front...leaving it "open" so you can slip baskets and such under for additional storage...just a thought

    1. Beck, I'm just leaving it plain. I like having room for my feet underneath the chair/bench. The other thing is, this room is so small, I don't want it to feel cramped. The bookcases're already a big statement and they give me plenty of storage.

  2. What a gorgeous cabinet. I love it and you make everything looks so easy, Cristina.

  3. Looking good my friend. I can hardly wait to see the finished product. I did the same style bench in my back porch this summer and I love it.

  4. I wish I would have found your site before I built my window seat! I totally overthink everything too! I built it like a tank! Haha. But lucky for me I'm getting ready to build the bookcases on the flanked cabinets just like yours and I need all the help I can get. Your's looks amazing!!

    1. Haha Having a husband that worries about every. single. detail doesn't help either! Anyways, I guess is better safe than sorry! Though, time and cost are the factors to have in mind.
      I see you're a builder Kari, and I see you're more than ready to tackle those bookcases! If you think I can be of any help do not hesitate to contact me! And hey, send me a pic of your pretty cases when finished. ;)

  5. I gotta give this a try. I love, love, love this post, just would love to see the complete projects. You rock!

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