Kitchen Table Bench Seating

Kitchen Table Bench Seating

Add the Top Frame Frame the top of the bench using 1×4 poplar (Image 1). Use a miter saw or a circular saw to cut the wood to length. Attach the framing with wood glue and finish nails (Image 2). The purpose of the framing is to add strength to support the bench top and the weight of people sitting upon it. The side of the bench that will be against the wall will need an extra top frame piece to hold the piano hinge and bench top. Cut another 1×4 to the same dimension as the back piece and fasten it on top of the other with glue and finish nails. If your banquette will have a filler piece that won’t hinge open — for instance to fit in a corner or to go around post — combine the filler pieces with the top piece of the framing for a more seamless look. If you do have one of these non-opening top pieces, be sure to make them the same size as the opening piece including additional width for the hinge. Also, you’ll want to round-over the front edge of the bench top to make it more comfortable.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

Frame the top of the bench using 1×4 poplar (Image 1). Use a miter saw or a circular saw to cut the wood to length. Attach the framing with wood glue and finish nails (Image 2). The purpose of the framing is to add strength to support the bench top and the weight of people sitting upon it. The side of the bench that will be against the wall will need an extra top frame piece to hold the piano hinge and bench top. Cut another 1×4 to the same dimension as the back piece and fasten it on top of the other with glue and finish nails. If your banquette will have a filler piece that won’t hinge open — for instance to fit in a corner or to go around post — combine the filler pieces with the top piece of the framing for a more seamless look. If you do have one of these non-opening top pieces, be sure to make them the same size as the opening piece including additional width for the hinge. Also, you’ll want to round-over the front edge of the bench top to make it more comfortable.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

The side of the bench that will be against the wall will need an extra top frame piece to hold the piano hinge and bench top. Cut another 1×4 to the same dimension as the back piece and fasten it on top of the other with glue and finish nails. If your banquette will have a filler piece that won’t hinge open — for instance to fit in a corner or to go around post — combine the filler pieces with the top piece of the framing for a more seamless look. If you do have one of these non-opening top pieces, be sure to make them the same size as the opening piece including additional width for the hinge. Also, you’ll want to round-over the front edge of the bench top to make it more comfortable.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

Installing beadboard is a great way to decorate the face of the bench. Simply cut the beadboard to the appropriate height, apply construction adhesive to the back (Image 1), and install it to the face of the bench (Image 2). For added strength, add a few finish nails to the beadboard, but make sure the nails are short enough that they don’t pierce the open inside storage area of the bench (Image 3). This can be done using 4′ x 8′ sheets of beadboard, but it’s easier to install using the snap-together modular wainscotting material.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

Add Beadboard and Trim Installing beadboard is a great way to decorate the face of the bench. Simply cut the beadboard to the appropriate height, apply construction adhesive to the back (Image 1), and install it to the face of the bench (Image 2). For added strength, add a few finish nails to the beadboard, but make sure the nails are short enough that they don’t pierce the open inside storage area of the bench (Image 3). This can be done using 4′ x 8′ sheets of beadboard, but it’s easier to install using the snap-together modular wainscotting material. Alternatively, if beadboard doesn’t fit the look you’re hoping to achieve, you can also paint, stain or even tile the front of your benches.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

Installing beadboard is a great way to decorate the face of the bench. Simply cut the beadboard to the appropriate height, apply construction adhesive to the back (Image 1), and install it to the face of the bench (Image 2). For added strength, add a few finish nails to the beadboard, but make sure the nails are short enough that they don’t pierce the open inside storage area of the bench (Image 3). This can be done using 4′ x 8′ sheets of beadboard, but it’s easier to install using the snap-together modular wainscotting material. Alternatively, if beadboard doesn’t fit the look you’re hoping to achieve, you can also paint, stain or even tile the front of your benches.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

The bench top will have a hinged door to provide access the storage area inside the banquette. The opening should be large for easy access to the storage area inside, but to make the seat more stable, your door should not extend more than an inch over the sides of the bench. The front edge should overhang just enough so it is easy to lift up. Trace the dimensions for your door on the top of the plywood. Make sure to calculate the size of the hinge. Cut the plywood and then round egde of the front of the seat with a router and sand it smooth. Prime and paint as desired. Seal with polyurethane to protect the finish.
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Kitchen Table Bench Seating

First attach the piano hinge to the side bench top, making sure that the hinge stays perfectly flush with the edge of the door. Use a nail, screw or an awl to punch small starter holes into the back portion of the storage bench where the hinge will attach. Then use a screw gun to run 1-1/4” wood screws into these starter holes, firmly attaching the hinge to the door.
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Assemble the Bench Assemble the box frame by first attaching the front panel to the bottom. Use wood glue and finish nails to hold the unit together during assembly. Add the back panel next and then the two side panels (Image 1). Once everything is assembled and fits together properly, reinforce the structure by screwing all the pieces together with 1-1/2” wood screws (Image 2). If you plan on covering the banquette with beadboard, do not worry about the screw heads being visible. If you decide to paint or stain the bench, you will want to counter-sink the screws enough that you can cover over the heads with wood filler. Add braces at each corner for extra support and to hold up the top frame. Cut scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood at two 45-degree angles to create a triangle. Make sure it fits snuggly into the corner flush to the top of the vertical pieces. Attach with wood glue and screws.
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Step 7 Cut the Hinged Top Piece The bench top will have a hinged door to provide access the storage area inside the banquette. The opening should be large for easy access to the storage area inside, but to make the seat more stable, your door should not extend more than an inch over the sides of the bench. The front edge should overhang just enough so it is easy to lift up. Trace the dimensions for your door on the top of the plywood. Make sure to calculate the size of the hinge. Cut the plywood and then round egde of the front of the seat with a router and sand it smooth. Prime and paint as desired. Seal with polyurethane to protect the finish.
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Cut the Hinged Top Piece The bench top will have a hinged door to provide access the storage area inside the banquette. The opening should be large for easy access to the storage area inside, but to make the seat more stable, your door should not extend more than an inch over the sides of the bench. The front edge should overhang just enough so it is easy to lift up. Trace the dimensions for your door on the top of the plywood. Make sure to calculate the size of the hinge. Cut the plywood and then round egde of the front of the seat with a router and sand it smooth. Prime and paint as desired. Seal with polyurethane to protect the finish.
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Install Storage Door With Piano Hinge A piano hinge is a long, continuous run of hinge commonly sold in lengths up to 6 feet. It is the best kind of hinge to use for this type of installation because it provides consistent support for the door and will help with weight distribution when someone is sitting on the banquette. First attach the piano hinge to the side bench top, making sure that the hinge stays perfectly flush with the edge of the door. Use a nail, screw or an awl to punch small starter holes into the back portion of the storage bench where the hinge will attach. Then use a screw gun to run 1-1/4” wood screws into these starter holes, firmly attaching the hinge to the door.

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