Estimated Cost: $$$$
Total: 5 hours
The noble bench is used for a number of activities. Some people use them to sit on, some to stretch out for a nap, and others to share a cozy conversation. Often times, relaxing goes hand in hand with refreshment, and this project was designed with that in mind.
Instead of requiring side tables on which to rest your drink, this piece of furniture includes a pull-down drink tray complete with two cup holders.
When not in use, simply place the tray vertically and you have room for a third companion...human or canine.
Begin by laying out Part (A) and Part (B) and form a rectangle using a carpenter square to ensure 90°. Add two Parts (B) centered in the middle of the frame.
Secure with two 2 ½" screws per joint.
Next, add Parts (C) to the inside of the frame as shown. Use two 2 ½" screws per joint.
Start with a Part (D) at the front edge of the frame, and offset 1" to create an overhang. Secure with two 1 ⅝" screws at each 2x4.
Secure the back slat, Part (D), in the same manner.
Then, evenly space the middle boards to complete the seat slats.
Use a scrap piece of wood to trace the screw line onto the middle boards for a consistent look.
Add Part (E) to the top of Parts (C) and ensure it is flush with Part (C). Secure with four pairs of 1 ⅝" screws.
Work your way down the backrest securing Parts (F) left and right of the middle opening.
Lastly, attach Part (G) to the top as a cap piece to Parts (C) using 1 ⅝" screws.
To create the tray, attach two Parts (H) to three Parts (I) and one Part (J). Butt up Part (J) and one Part (I) with no gap, and the remaining three with a ¼" gap. Use two 1 ⅝" screws per board.
Then, flip over and use a 3 ¼" hole saw to cut two cup holders centered between Part (I) and Part (J). They should be centered within the length of the assembly.
With the assembly flipped on one side, drill a ¼" hole through a Part (H) that is 1 ⅛" up and 1 ⅛" across from the bottom corner. Mirror this hole on the other side. This will be the pivot point for the tray.
Use diagram above for marking the two inside Part (C)s.
Measure and make a point as the diagram on Step 13 shows. Repeat on the other side of the opening.
Drill perpendicularly into Parts (C) using the ¼" drill bit.
Hammer into place the two ¼" x 4" long carriage bolts.
Insert the tray and, ensuring it is centered, secure with washers and nuts on either end.
Hold or clamp a Part (M) on the front of the tray and ensure it is flush with the backrest boards before securing Part (K). Then, carefully secure Part (K) to the back of the unit with the tray assembly upright. Use two 2 ½" screws per side.
Lay the assembly on its back so gravity doesn't work against you. Carefully attach Part (L) and Part (M) to the front of the tray.
Match them so that they are continuous with the backrest boards if you chose to cut them this way from Page 6.
To create the legs, secure Part (N), two Part (O)s, and one Part (P) as shown. Ensure all edges are flush and use two 1 ⅝" screws on each face.
Repeat Step 21 to make the other leg.
Next, using the 12" 2x4 blocks – Parts (Q) – rest the seat assembly on top and place the legs on either side. Use clamps as needed and secure the legs to the seat frame with two 2 ½" screws.
Once all four sides have been attached, remove Parts (Q) and discard.
Ease any sharp edges using a radial sander or sanding block with medium grit. Apply preferred finish to the wood.