31 – How to Build Garden Bench with a Hidden Storage Compartment


Detailed plans for this project can be found here:
https://kingsfinewoodworking.com/collections/project-plans-for-sale/products/garden-bench-with-storage

Tools & Specialty items in this build:
Bosch Miter Saw 12”
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Bostich Crown Stapler
Woodpecker’s Square
Japanese dovetail pull saw
Clamping Straight Edge Saw Guide
Quick Grip Clamps
DeWalt Router
Rabbeting router bit
Plug cutters

Supplies Used in this build:
Titebond III Wood Glue
Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
Self Centering (Vix) Bit
Countersink bit
Deck Screws
GRK Screws #12 x 5-1/4”
Continuous Piano Hinge
Stainless Steel Trim Screws for Hinge


I had an order for some outdoor garden benches for a client. They had some design specs, and they wanted the bench to be no bigger than 24” from front to back, and still have a comfortably sloping seat & backrest. They also needed storage underneath the seats. So this is the design that I came up with.
It is made from western red cedar, and will last forever outdoors. Cedar naturally resists rot and insects, and weathers to a beautiful color as it ages. For this bench however, we are applying a stain to match an existing project that the customer already has.
I applied our usual building techniques to make it as strong as I could. My daughters helped as usual. I hope you like it. And should you decide to build one, there is a detailed set of plans linked at the top of this page.

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