How to Build a Storage Bench | Ask This Old House

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This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a storage bench for an entryway. (See below for a shopping list and tools)
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Shopping List for Building a Storage Bench:
– 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch cabinet-grade birch plywood []
– 1×3 and 1×8 poplar []
– Crown molding []
– Two wicker storage baskets []
– 4 Decorative coat hooks []
– Carpenters’ glue []
– Cloth rag [], for wiping off excess glue
– 1 1/4-inch pocket screws [], used to join rails to stiles
– 1-inch screws [], for attaching stiles and rails to the plywood back of the bench
– 2 1/2-inch drywall screws [], used to assemble the storage box
– 1 1/2-inch brads [], used to join together the legs
– 120-grit abrasive disks []
– 1-inch pins [], for securing the crown molding
– Primer [] and latex paint [] or wood stain []

Tools List for Building a Storage Bench:
– Table saw [], for ripping plywood to width
– Track saw [], used to crosscut plywood to length
– Miter saw [], for cutting poplar parts to length
– Pocket-hole jig [], used to bore pocket holes
– Clamps [], for holding parts during pocket joinery
– Drill/driver []
– Impact driver [], used to drive screws
– Router [] with quarter-round stepped-beading router bit [], for shaping edges
– Wet/dry vacuum [], used to collect dust
– Jigsaw [], for cutting a radius into each leg
– Pneumatic brad nailer []
– Random-orbit sander []
– Pneumatic pin nailer []

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Homeowners have a virtual truckload of questions for us on smaller projects, and we’re ready to answer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers—and we make house calls! Ask This Old House features some familiar faces from This Old House, including Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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