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BUILDING A STORAGE BENCH
BUILDING A STORAGE BENCH

This guide shows you how to build a storage bench for your garden.

Furniture / Garden & Recreation Building a storage bench

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Instructions for building a storage bench

Storage benches are extremely practical, as they offer storage space while also providing seating.

1ACQUIRE THE MATERIALS

You will need all the materials on the material list. It's easier to have the wooden cut to size in the DIY store. Alternatively a saw or circular saw can be used in conjunction with a guide rail.

2BUILD THE BENCH

Glue two of the eight corner supports at right angles to each other. Then screw the boards for the long and short side walls to these. Use a spacer with a thickness of one centimetre. On the left and right sides, screw the two floor supports flush with the bottom edge (picture 2). Place the floor boards on these.

3BUILD THE LID

Lay out the wooden boards for the top of the lid at regular intervals. Again, you can use the spacer as an aid. Then use the wooden boards for the underside of the lid to secure them and screw them tight.

4ASSEMBLE THE BENCH

Screw the hinges firmly to both the lid and the bench. In order to prevent the lid from being tilted backwards, a metal chain is attached. This is fastened with the help of a washer to prevent it from being torn out.

5PREPARE THE BENCH FOR SPRAYING

Before the bench can be painted, it must be sanded. We recommend 120 grit sandpaper for this. Then use a dust-free microfibre cloth to clean the surface of dust and dirt.

6MASKING

Cover or mask all surfaces which are not to be sprayed.

7PREPARING THE SPRAYER

The sprayer is ready for use in just a few steps. Pour paint into the paint container until it is 3/4 full and dilute the material in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, or depending on the desired spray pattern. To do this, use the included stirrer, each notch corresponding to a 10% dilution. The suction pipe can be aligned depending on how you are going to work - backwards when spraying objects overhead and forwards when spraying downwards. The spray jet can also be adjusted three ways - horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Carry out a test spray to find the right settings for you.

8THE SPRAYING PROCESS

Start with corners, edges and angles and then spray the surfaces. Spray from the outside with a uniform distance over the slats. Only change the direction of spray outside the slats. This avoids a build-up of thicker layers of paint during direction changes.
Tip: since paint applied too thickly can cause drips, it's better to spray two thin coats rather than one thick coat. After spraying, allow the paint to dry in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

9CLEANING

Clean the spray attachment thoroughly with water or solvent after use. To do so, unscrew all parts and clean them in a basin by hand or using a sponge.


List of materials

ItemPcs.DescriptionDimensions in mmMaterial
Exterior
14Wooden boards for lid top1000 x 105 x 20uncoated wood
22Wooden boards for lid underside (serves as a holder for the lid)380 x 70 x 20uncoated wood
314Long side wall938 x 62 x 20uncoated wood
414Short side wall390 x 62 x 20uncoated wood
54Square section490 x 30 x 30uncoated wood
Interior
62Floor supports335 x 45 x 20uncoated wood
78Corner supports520 x 65 x 20uncoated wood
82Floorboards (exterior)see Sketch 1
91Floorboard (interior)935 x 100 x 20uncoated wood
Accessories
10approx. 90Torx screws4 x 35
116Torx screws (for the washers)4 x 15
122Hingesapprox. 200 long
133Washer20 diameter
141Metal chainapprox. 470 long
Other
151Handsaw or Circular saw
161Cordless screwdriver
171120 grit sandpaper
181Microfiber wipe
191Masking tape
201Wood & Metal Paint
211WAGNER spray system

Sketches

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