When purchasing wood from a home-supply store or lumberyard, note that the stated, or nominal, measurements will be slightly larger than the actual measurements. (The larger number reflects the presanded size; what you’re buying is already sanded.) For example, a 1-by-2-inch board is actually 3/4 by 1 1/2 inches, and a 1-by-12-inch board is really 3/4 by 11 1/4 inches. We’ve included the nominal measurements in our illustrations and materials list so that you’ll know what to look for when you go shopping.
Stacked pots, long-handled instruments, and frequently used tools can all be stowed on their sides in cunning compartments that make use of every square inch in this bench.
Chris McGrath, of Pine Harbor Wood Products, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, constructed this bench using 3/4-inch-thick reclaimed pine barn board. If you have access to this type of wood, this is an excellent way to recycle building material. Otherwise, use 3/4-inch-thick Western red cedar, available at most lumberyards. It holds up well outdoors and acquires an attractive, weathered patina in a short time.
Screws, nails, and glue
To prevent corrosion, use all-weather screws and nails. In addition, you may want to use waterproof urethane glue on all wood-to-wood connections. This will provide a good bond between pieces and help defend against water damage.
The hardware mesh lining the top storage space should be screwed down using small washers. In such tight places, an electric drill is easier to use than a hammer.