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Deacon's Bench Illustrations by Lee Gabel This red oak Deacon's Bench provides both convenient entryway seating, and storage for winter boots and clothing.The inside of the box is lined with aromatic Western red cedar.
A full width hinged lid of jointed solid red oak allows access to the 6.5 cubic feet of storage space.In total the bench measures 46"Lx25"Wx41"H.The design of the bench is centred around a box, based on interlocking face and side frames.
All joints are glued only, with no screws or nails.The assemblies rely on blind mortise-and-tenons, groove tenon, and dowel joints.Cut Legs And MortisesCut the legs (A) and (B), approx.1" longer than necessary, and mill to 1 5/8" square.
Mark on their bottom end-grain.Reference all measurements and draw the location of offset mortises, as per illustration, 3/8" from the outside edge.Cut the mortises (centred on the leg) for the back, and upper and lower rails.
Make The BoxCut the upper face frame (H) and lower rail (J), the two edge stiles (M), and two muntins(N) that divide the frame into three equal panels.Cut the three oak plywood pieces (Q) that will be trapped in the groove that runs inside each panel.
This groove forms the joinery between the...