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Today I’m building a banquette for the breakfast nook in our kitchen. A little while ago I built a table for this space and it needed some seating. Check it out.

I picked up supplies at our local Home Depot. All I needed were three 4×4’s and a sheet of ¾ inch plywood.

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I arranged several pieces of 4×4 in the plans to form this shape.

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I grabbed the first board and, using the miter saw, cut it up into the 5 sections.

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I applied a bunch of wood glue to the mating sides and spread it around using a piece of scrap wood, then clamped everything down tight with lots of clamps.

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I cleaned up a template I created from the 3D model, and then taped it together. This got glued down to the blank using a normal glue stick.

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I slowly ran the piece through the band saw, following as close to the line as possible.

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I needed to make 4 legs total, and this first piece would serve as my template for the other three.

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Once I was satisfied with the look and feel, I repeated the process for making the other legs. I chopped the pieces down to size on the miter saw and then glued and clamped them up.

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I removed the clamps once everything was dry and began sanding everything smooth. I used a combination of the belt sander, the random orbit sander, and hand sanding the inside corners and edges.

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I also marked out a notch where the molding was.

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I placed the original down and traced it out onto the other three.

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I transferred the notch from the base molding, as well as where the leg would connect to the 2×4 support.

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The remaining legs were all cut on the band saw just like the first one. I cut as close as I could to the line so that I could sand it down later.

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To remove the material on the inside, I cut through the leg itself. This gave me access with the band saw, and then I could glue it back together after the cut.

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I used joint compound to cover up any gaps or imperfections. Once everything was sanded smooth, it was time for paint.

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I propped the legs up with clamps on a table outside and grabbed some spray-paint. I put on 5 or 6 light coats so I wouldn’t have any drips or runs. You can see how much paint flies around so you should always spray outside.

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Now I could focus on how to mount the legs in the space. I used a stud finder to figure out where I could secure the cleat to.

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I cut up a couple 2×4’s at the miter saw, as well as some temporary legs.

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I brought them inside and transferred the stud marks onto the boards.

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I used a speed square to extend the lines across the width of the boards.

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At the drill press I used a tapered counter-sink bit to drill through the boards. I made two holes per line.

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To make installation easier, I placed all the screws into the holes ahead of time.

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I used the temporary legs and just put the 2×4’s in place and screwed them in.

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Now I could focus on building the seat. Using the piece of ¾ inch plywood I cut it down to the correct length using the cordless circular saw.

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At the table saw, I ripped them down to width, and then I used a cross-cut sled to bring them down to their final length.

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I bought some 3-inch upholstery foam on amazon and laid it all out.

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The cushions were wife’s idea so I asked her to help me out. I marked out the shape of the plywood onto the foam with a sharpie, and then cut down into it using a razor knife. It takes several passes but it’s really easy to cut.

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We laid out the selected fabric and adjusted the foam so it would be the same distance from each edge.

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I also trimmed off the excess fabric from the end.

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We grabbed the fabric and rolled it over itself, and then stapled it down to the plywood. I’ve never done this before and didn’t know how many staples to use. I used a lot.

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The same process was repeated for the opposite side. The trick is to pull the fabric tight before stapling, but make sure that the pattern is consistent throughout.

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We folded the long sides like we were wrapping a Christmas present, and then stapled everything down tight.

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I cut off the excess fabric from the other side and then repeated the same process.

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The cushion was now done. And comfortable.

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Now that I knew what to do, it did the exact same thing for the other cushion.

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In order to secure the legs in place, I marked out where the holes would go.

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I grabbed the drill, some 3-inch deck screws, and the correct sized drill bit.

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I drilled the holes in at an angle. This would allow the screws to get down into the cleat on the wall. I also used a counter-sink bit to keep the heads below the surface.

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I brought everything inside and began attaching the legs to the cleat.

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I used the impact driver to screw in the deck screws and then made sure everything was level.

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The floor is a little uneven so I used a few shims to make everything line up perfectly.

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The final step was to place the cushions on top of the legs.

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The banquette was done.

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No sooner did I finish that our brand new pup made herself comfortable.

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And here is the finished product.

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My Project Tools

MITER SAW

BAND SAW

BELT SANDER

RANDOM ORBIT SANDER

STUD FINDER

SPEED SQUARE

DRILL PRESS

DRILL AND IMPACT DRIVER

CORDLESS CIRCULAR SAW

STAPLE GUN

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