Step 3: Attach the Panel Molding to the Seat

attaching the panel molding to the mudroom bench
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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For the stiles (vertical sides) of the panel frames, cut seven 16-inch strips of 1x4. For the horizontal rails, cut four pieces of 1x4 at 10 3/4 inches and four pieces at 30 ¼ inches.

Where two stiles overlap at the corners, the stile on the side of the box has to be narrower than the one on the front so that the paneling looks the same width all around. Using a circular saw or handsaw, rip 3/4 inch off the width of two of the stiles.

Starting with the stile that slides against the back wall on the sides of the box, glue and nail the 1x4s to the box using 3d nails. Align the edges of the 1x4s with the edges of the box. Use the narrower stile at the front corner.

To create a profile on the inner edge of the 1x4 framing, cut panel molding to fit inside the 1x4 rectangles. Miter the ends of the molding. Nail the molding to the box, tight against the 1x4s, with 2d nails. Frame the other side of the box in the same way.

Trim the front of the box by creating two frames joined by a single piece of 1x4 in the center. Overlap the 1x4s at the corners flush with the side paneling. Fit the panel molding inside the frame.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • hammer with nailset
      Hammer and nailset

    Shopping List

    1. 3/4-inch birch-veneer plywood to build the seat box. Get one 4x8 sheet.

    2. exterior-grade beadboard plywood to make the back panel on the wall. One 4x8 sheet will cover the area.

    3. 1x16 solid-wood panel to make the seat lid. Get one 6-foot board.

    4. 1x12 solid-wood panel to make the fascia board and shelf. Get two 6-foot boards.

    5. 2x4 to create a support strip for the hinges that hold the box lid. Get 6 feet.

    6. 1x4 to create the applied paneling on the front and sides of the box. Get four 8-foot boards.

    7. 1x2 to cap the unfinished top edges of the bench box. Get 10 feet.

    8. 3/8x7/8-inch panel molding to add a picture-frame detail to the paneling on the box and to trim above and below the beadboard panel. Get five 8-foot lengths.

    9. ½x1-inch parting bead to finish the edges of the beadboard plywood.

    10. 3/4-inch quarter-round molding to trim the beadboard panel and the base of the box. Get 16 feet.11. ½x7/8-inch decorative shoe molding to trim out the shelf, seat lid, and fascia. Get three 8-foot lengths.

    12. 9-inch shelf brackets

    13. 2-inch L-brackets to secure the box to the floor. Get seven.

    14. European cabinet hinges to allow the lid to overlay the box and open smoothly. Choose ones that are labeled "for frameless cabinets." Get three.

    15. Toy-box lid supports to keep the lid from slamming shut. Get two to support the weight of the lid.

    16. 1 5/8-inch deck screws

    17. 3½-inch deck screws

    18. 2½-inch deck screws

    19. 2-inch trim-head screws

    20. 2d finish nails

    21. 3d finish nails

    22. carpenter's glue

    23. vinyl adhesive caulk

    24. 180-grit sandpaper

    25. shims