Wood:2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long 1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long 1 - Scrap piece of 3/4" plywood or project board at least 37" x 13 1/2" long.
Hardware and Supplies:Beadboard 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws 5/8" Finishing Nails 1 1/4" Finishing Nails Wood Banding Wood Glue Wood Filler Medium Grit Sandpaper Primer or Wood Conditioner Paint or Stain
Tools:Kreg Jig Jigsaw Miter Saw Nailer Drill Sander Level Measuring Tape Carpenter's Square Safety Glasses
Cut List:4 - 1x2 @ 18 3/4" - Side Trim 3 - 1x2 @ 33" - Top and Bottom Support 1 - 1x4 @ 33" - Front Trim 1 - 1x12 @ 34 1/2" - Bottom Shelf 2 - 1x12 @ 18 3/4" - Sides 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 37" x 13 1/2" - Top
General Instructions:Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step. Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact. (Especially when working with doors and drawers!) Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit. Please read through the entire plan before getting started.
Using your jigsaw, make a small circular notch at the base of your sides as shown above. This number doesn't need to be exact since it's a decorative feature, but the sketch will at least give you a ballpark. An option to make a perfect half-circle to start with is to take a coffee can or other circular jar and trace around half of it, giving you an exact template to jigsaw.
Attach the top and bottom supports using your Kreg Jig. (Don't forget the wood glue!) The lower support on the back of your bench should have a 3 1/2" clearance underneath it to the floor. The top supports should be flush with the top of your bench.
Slide your 1x12 bottom shelf into place and secure it to the sides and back support using the Kreg Jig. Make sure to screw it in from the bottom so you don't have any pocket holes showing! The shelf should leave a 3 1/2" clearance underneath it to the floor. The bottom of the shelf will be flush to the bottom of your bottom support.
Step 5:Give your 1x4 trim a fancy touch by cutting a very slight curve in the bottom using your jigsaw as shown above. Make sure to sand down the curve really well to even it out.
Attach your newly curved, fancy 1x4 to the bottom shelf using 1 1/4" finishing nails and wood glue. (Seriously, do not forget the wood glue. It adds stability by about a million percent.) The top of your trim rests flush with the top of your bottom shelf.
Attach the top of your bench to the base using the pocket holes that you pre-drilled into the sides in step 2. To add a bit more security, you could also put a few 1 1/4" finishing nails into the front and back of the bench. Leave a 1/2" overhang on the front and sides of your top. The back remains flush to the back top support.