My front porch has been in serious need of a makeover, it was looking pretty sad! I had plants on my front porch that I always forgot to water so they were no longer amongst the living.
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Here is a pic of my sad front porch:
Now that Fall is officially here, I figured that it’s the perfect time to start a makeover for my front porch. My first project for the makeover was a Fall wreath for the front door. You can see that project here. My second project to fancy up my front porch was a wooden sign post, which I’ll be posting about soon. I had been wanting some seating on my porch as well as a table to display decorations, so, I decided my third project would be a bench to fit in one of the corners of the porch with a built-in table for displaying decor. Here’s what I came up with:
Here are the plans for the corner bench with the built-in table:
- 2 – 2×6 @ 8 ft
- 7 – 2×4 @ 8 ft
- 1 – 2×2 @ 6 ft
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws||Drill/Driver||Kreg Jig|
|Wood Glue||Pine Pocket Hole Plugs||2 1/2″ exterior wood screws||Countersink Bits|
|Dark Walnut Stain||Rustoleum Heirloom White paint||Exterior Spar Urethane||White primer|
- 2 – 2×4 @ 40″ (frame)
- 2 – 2×4 @ 26 3/4″ with one end of each cut at 45 degree angle (frame)
- 6 – 2×4 @ 12 1/4″ (frame)
- 6 – 2×4 @ 26 1/2″ (bench seat top)
- 9 – 2×4 @ 16″ (legs)
- 4 – 2×4 @ 15″ (table top)
- 4 – 2×4 @ 8″ (table top)
- 4 – 2×4 @ 4″ (decorative stained pieces between bench seat top and table top)
- 1 – 2×4 @ 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ (table top)
- 2 – 2×6 @ 26 1/2″ (bench seat top)
- 2 – 2×6 @ 15 1/4″ with one end of each cut at 45 degree angle (table box)
- 2 – 2×6 @ 13 3/4″ with one end of each cut at 45 degree angle (table box)
- 2 – 2×6 @ 12 1/4″ (table box)
- 4 – 2×2 @ 18″ (table top)
First, start off by building the frame for the bench. Make the following cuts:
- 2 – 2×4 @ 40″ with one end of each cut at a 45 degree angle
- 2 – 2×4 @ 26 3/4″ with one end of each cut at a 45 degrees
- 6 – 2×4 @ 12 1/4″
Drill two pocket holes into the ends of each 12 1/4″ board, and use wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to assemble the frame using the diagram below:
And here’s an actual picture of the completed frame:
Next, cut the legs for the bench. Cut nine 2x4s at 16″ each. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws, attach the legs to the inside of the frame (predrill holes with countersink bit to prevent wood from cracking).
Next, build the box for the corner table. Cut the following pieces of wood:
- 2 – 2×6 @ 15 1/4″ with one end of each cut at 45 degree angle
- 2 – 2×6 @ 13 3/4″ with one end of each cut at a 45 degree angle
- 2 – 2×6 @ 12 1/4″
Drill two pocket holes into each end of the two 15 1/4″ boards. In addition, drill two pocket holes into the side of each of the four boards that assemble to form the box. Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue, attach the four boards that make up the box (make sure the pocket holes in the side of each board are facing in the same direction (these will be used to attach the box to the frame).
Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach the table box to the boards making up the corner of the frame.
Drill two 1 1/4″ pocket holes into the ends of each of the two 12 1/4″ 2×6 boards you cut. Flip the bench upside down, and using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach these boards to the inside top of the table box.
At this point, I sanded the portions of the bench already built and then painted it white using Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint. (First I sprayed white primer, and then two coats of paint).
While the frame and table box were drying, I cut the boards to make the top of the bench seats:
- 6 – 2×4 @ 26 1/2″
- 2 – 2×6 @ 26 1/2″
Drill three pocket holes into one side of each 2×6 board, and into one side of all but 2 of the 2×4 boards. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach three 2x4s and one 2×6 together to make two bench seats. See pattern here:
I then cut the boards for the table top and assembled those:
- 4 – 2×4 @ 15″ with each end cut at a 45 degree angle
- 4 – 2×4 @ 8″ with each end cut at a 45 degree angle
- 1 – 2×4 @ 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
- 4 – 2×2 @ 18″ with each end cut at a 45 degree angle
Drill pocket holes into one side of all boards except the 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ board. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach the boards into the following pattern (the 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ board can be glued into the center once the other boards are assembled.
Here is a pic of the table top in progress of being built:
Once I completed the table top, I sanded the two bench tops and the table top and then stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. I then used wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to attach the bench tops to the frame (predrill holes first). I attached the table top with wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws from underneath the table box (drill through the 2×6 boards at the top of the table frame into the bottom of the table top).
Once the bench top and table top were attached, I cut four 2×4 boards at 4″ each. I then sanded them, and stained them dark walnut. Since these are just decorative pieces, I used wood glue to attach them to the front and back of the two front facing boards supporting the table top (between the bench seat and the bottom of the table top).
I then filled all holes with wood filler. Once that was dry, I lightly sanded the filled holes on the top of the benches and then touched up the stain. Lastly, I applied 3 coats of exterior polyurethane varnish in satin finish and once dry, I put it in its intended location on my front porch and I am loving it! Here are some more pics:
For the bench decor, I purchased the lantern and LED candle at Hobby Lobby, But I found one on Amazon that is very similar and comes with the LED candle for a much lower price (affiliate link):
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