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Ana White Inspired Large Modern Porch Bench


seanessa
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My husband and I bought our first home and were in need for furniture. We did not have a large budget and Pinterest led me to Ana White’s website. I fell in love with her story and plans and thought, “if Ana can build this, I can too!” This porch bench was our second woodworking project and first LARGE build – it is massive and heavy. Ana’s plans are easy to follow and require very few tools – we did not modify any of her design and only used a miter saw, drill, and sander. We made a few newbie mistakes but the screws were easy to reposition and hide with putty. The total cost for this project was less than $70 including all the wood/screws/putty/stain – with plenty of screws/putty/stain leftover.

We were surprised at how quickly this bench came together – it can be completed in a weekend, including drying time for the stain. What shocked us even more, was that we did not argue or get frustrated with each other during this build– definitely a test for us as newlyweds! This bench taught us some new skills and inspired our woodworking hobby. Our favorite pastime nowadays is to build furniture for our family and friends.

*Tip: stain all the pieces before assembly - it is much easier to do it first vs trying to stain inside the crevices

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  • Beautiful! Ana White would definitely approve. Congrats on your first build as newlyweds! Can't wait to see what else you tackle together.
    By RYOBI Nation, on April 11, 2017
    • THANK YOU!
      By seanessa, on April 11, 2017

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Ana White Inspired Large Modern Porch Bench

by seanessa
Apr 08, 2017
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My husband and I bought our first home and were in need for furniture. We did not have a large budget and Pinterest led me to Ana White’s website. I fell in love with her story and plans and thought, “if Ana can build this, I can too!” This porch bench was our second woodworking project and first LARGE build – it is massive and heavy. Ana’s plans are easy to follow and require very few tools – we did not modify any of her design and only used a miter saw, drill, and sander. We made a few newbie mistakes but the screws were easy to reposition and hide with putty. The total cost for this project was less than $70 including all the wood/screws/putty/stain – with plenty of screws/putty/stain leftover. We were surprised at how quickly this bench came together – it can be completed in a weekend, including drying time for the stain. What shocked us even more, was that we did not argue or get frustrated with each other during this build– definitely a test for us as newlyweds! This bench taught us some new skills and inspired our woodworking hobby. Our favorite pastime nowadays is to build furniture for our family and friends. *Tip: stain all the pieces before assembly - it is much easier to do it first vs trying to stain inside the crevices