Ask This Old House TV // Season 11 // Episode 18

Ask TOH | Entry Bench, Perennials

In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a storage bench for an entryway. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to solder copper pipes properly. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner maintain an overgrown perennial garden.

Building a Storage Bench
In the workshop, Tom and Kevin build a storage bench for an entryway.
Where to find it?
All of the lumber used to build this piece can be purchased at a home center including:
1 sheet of ½" birch plywood
1 sheet of ¾" birch plywood
1 x 3 poplar
1 x 8 poplar
Crown moulding

The pocket screw system that Tom used to fasten the poplar is manufactured by Kreg Tool and available at woodworking stores.

Tom used a router with a quarter-round, stepped beaded bit to dress up the panel. This bit is available at home centers and woodworking stores.

The inspiration for this piece was the Full Hall Tree and Storage Bench, item 5650-49, by Home Style Furniture, purchased from Amazon.

Ask Richard: How to Solder
Richard shares tips for making a watertight connections using solder.

Where to find it?
All of the items needed for soldering including copper pipe, copper fittings, a fitting brush, flux, solder, and a torch are available at home centers and plumbing supply stores.

Maintaining Overgrown Perennials
Roger helps a homeowner maintain an overgrown perennial garden.

Where to find it?
Roger divided and transplanted several different species of perennials, including Azaleas, Daylilies, and Sedum 'Autumn Joy.' He also planted several spring-blooming flower bulbs, including crocuses, daffodils, and alliums. Many of these plants may be found at your local garden center.


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