Build a Cedar Storage Bench

Build a Cedar Storage Bench

Unlocking the Power of Cedar: Your Outdoor Haven Awaits

As an avid DIY enthusiast, I’ve always been drawn to the timeless allure of cedar. Its distinct aroma, natural beauty, and weather-resistant properties make it the perfect choice for outdoor projects. And when it comes to adding function and style to your outdoor space, a cedar storage bench is the ultimate solution.

I still remember the day I decided to tackle this project. My backyard had become a cluttered mess, with toys, gardening tools, and patio cushions strewn about. It was time to take control and create a space that was not only visually appealing but also practical. That’s when the idea for a cedar storage bench was born.

Gathering the Essentials: Your Woodworking Toolkit

Now, I know the thought of wielding power tools might seem daunting, but trust me, it’s a skill that’s well worth acquiring. I remember when the miter saw used to intimidate me, and the mere sight of a drill would make my palms sweat. But with a little practice and the right guidance, I’ve become a confident DIY-er, and I’m here to walk you through the process.

To build your cedar storage bench, you’ll need a few essential tools:
– Miter saw
– Drill
– Screwdriver
– Measuring tape
– Pencil
– Clamps

And of course, the star of the show: high-quality cedar lumber. I chose to go with Cabot Australian Timber Oil to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the wood, but you can use any outdoor-friendly sealant or stain that suits your preferences.

Designing Your Masterpiece: Planning the Perfect Bench

Before we dive into the construction, it’s important to have a clear vision of what you want your cedar storage bench to look like. I spent some time sketching different designs, considering the dimensions, and even incorporating a planter box for added visual interest.

One of the key decisions I made was to include a hinged lid, allowing for easy access to the storage compartment. This feature not only keeps your outdoor items safe and secure but also adds a touch of functionality that elevates the overall design.

Crafting Your Cedar Storage Bench: Step-by-Step Guide

Alright, let’s get building! I’ll walk you through the process, step-by-step, so you can create your own stunning cedar storage bench.

Step 1: Measure and Cut

Using your miter saw, start by cutting the cedar boards to the desired lengths. Remember to double-check your measurements and trim the ends for a clean, straight look.

Step 2: Apply Timber Oil

Before assembling the frame, it’s crucial to apply a protective sealant to all six sides of each board. The Cabot Australian Timber Oil I mentioned earlier is perfect for the job, creating a durable finish that will withstand the elements.

Step 3: Construct the Base

Using the cut boards, assemble three rectangular frames that will serve as the foundation for your bench. Secure the frames together with exterior-grade screws, ensuring a sturdy and stable structure.

Step 4: Attach the Legs

Now it’s time to add the legs. Using the remaining cedar boards, create the inner legs and attach them to the base frames, making sure they fit snugly and securely.

Step 5: Create the Lid

For the lid, lay the boards out, spacing them to allow for wood expansion, and then screw the cross-boards in place. This will form the top of your storage bench.

Step 6: Finish with Decorative Elements

To add a touch of charm, I created decorative tops for the planter sections using additional cedar boards. Glue and screw them in place, and then attach the entire assembly to the bench.

Step 7: Install Hardware

The final step is to add any decorative hardware, such as handles or trim, to your cedar storage bench. This is where you can really personalize the design and make it your own.

Admiring Your Handiwork: Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor

As I step back and admire my freshly built cedar storage bench, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. The rich, warm tones of the cedar complement my outdoor space perfectly, and the planter boxes add a touch of life and greenery.

But the best part? Knowing that I created this beautiful and functional piece with my own two hands. It’s a testament to the power of DIY and the joy of learning new skills.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tools, head to Timber Building, and let’s build your own cedar storage bench together. It’s the perfect way to add some much-needed organization and style to your outdoor oasis.


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