Diagram and illustrated parts of this porch storage bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec

You can use the cut list below or download the cut list to build a porch storage bench here.

1x5 back legs: 4 @ 37 inches

1x5 front legs: 2 @ 16 inches

1x3 ¾ front-leg side pieces: 2 @ 16 inches

1x6 base sides: 4 @ 46½ inches

1x6 base sides: 4 @ 18¾ inches

1x2 cleats: 2 @ 44 inches

1x2 cleats: 2 @ 17 inches

1x6 back rest: 2 @ 48 inches

1x5 hinge strip: 1 @ 46½ inches

1x6 seat lid: 3 @ 48 inches

1x6 seat battens: 2 @ 12¾ inches

Hardware cloth: 1 @ 18¾ by 45 inches

If you have trouble finding 1x5 lumber, rip the 1x5 pieces from 1x6 boards.

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    Tools List

    • circular saw
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    • miter saw
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    • jigsaw
    • drill
    • staple gun
      Staple Gun
    • metal cutting snips
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    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