Introduction

Wooden porch storage bench
Photo: James Carriére
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An outdoor bench makes a convenient place to plop down while you remove muddy boots. You'll rest even easier knowing it can store a garden hose (or two) and other less-than-attractive supplies.

You can buy a bench that echoes your home's style, but finding an affordable one may be harder than it sounds. Or you can opt to build one like this from weather-resistant cedar or ipe. Lift up the seat and you'll find a floor made of hardware cloth, a galvanized metal screen that allows water to escape, so you don't have to worry about storing a hose before it drains. The angled backrest, with its decorative curve, adds to the inviting aesthetic of a piece that's as handsome as it is handy. Read on to learn how to build the piece.

Download the cut list to build a porch storage bench.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/Driver
    • staple gun
      Staple Gun
    • metal cutting snips
      Tin snips

    Shopping List

    1. 1x6 cedar boards
    Get eight 8-foot boards and rip two and a half of them to a 1x5 size (actual size: 4½ inches). Get one 6-foot board.

    *This is a great project to make out of leftover deck boards as well. Just be sure to take into account teh additional thickness of the ½ lumber.

    2. 1x2 cedar boards
    Get two 6-foot boards to make the cleats.3. Hardware cloth

    4. 1¼-inch trim head stainless-steel deck screws

    5. ½-inch staples