Step 3: Assemble the Bench Base

Illustration and parts of this wooden porch storage bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Attach a 1×2 cleat flush with the bottom edge of the bottom boards for the base. To build the base, fasten two long boards to the inside of the front legs, and two more to the back legs, equal height from the bottom. Sandwich the side pieces between the front and back and fasten them to the legs. Drill a hole in the back for a hose.
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    • circular saw
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    • miter saw
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    • jigsaw
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    • drill
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    • staple gun
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    • metal cutting snips
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    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