My wife wants a little bench/shoe-rack combo by the front door.* *About 30"W x 16"D x 16"H.
I have some nice cherry plywood -- parts from a bed frame that we replaced.* *Two pieces of 80"X8"X1".* *I also have some extra framing 2x4's.
How would you build a sturdy bench from these scraps without having to go out and buy more wood?
Specifically, what kind of joinery and framing would you use?* *And how would you avoid having to buy cherry trim pieces?
I could just mitre the corners, biscuit join the 8" pieces to make them 16" wide, and include a shelf to stabilize, but that seems like it'd be pretty wobbly.
Or I could make a sturdy frame out of 2x4's, use the cherry on the surface, and rip some of it for trim to hide the frame.
Or I could buy one from Ikea for $60.*