Construct a simple corner bench in the kitchen to pair with a table as a breakfast nook and children's craft area. Use two-by-fours for the base frame and MDF board for back and side panels and for the seats. Provide access to storage inside the bench by installing the bench seats with piano hinges that transform the seats into lids.
Draw a simple diagram of your corner bench designed to fit neatly into the available wall and floor space and balance its practical size against existing kitchen fixtures.
Measure a comfortable chair. Match your bench proportions to the height of its seat from the floor and the depth of its seat from the back to the front edge where your knees will bend.
Make a cut list for the wooden components for the bench, noting the number of pieces of a given dimension. Cut the two-by-four components of the frame to size for both seat bases. Cut all the pieces except the panels.
Arrange the pieces for the frame bottom and apply glue to adjoining surfaces. Insert deeply countersunk screws to attach them securely. Repeat for the other frame components and complete both seat bases.
Support the fiberboard on two-by-fours, using a circular saw to cut the panels to cover the frame. The two-by-fours prevent the cut pieces from moving and pinching or binding the blade. Guide the cuts with a clamping straight-edge.
Carry the individual seat frames to the kitchen before joining them. Position the frames for the two bases in an L-shaped configuration and join them securely with long screws.
Apply glue to the front panels and clamp them in place. Secure them with a pneumatic nail gun, driving the nails through the panel into the framework behind.
Attach the two back supports, applying glue and clamping the pieces in place before securing them with screws. Nail long wedges on the supports to provide a gentle and more comfortable angle for the backrest panel. Secure the backrest
Trace a wooden strip to draw the first curved side panel. Cut with a jigsaw and use that side as a template for the second. Glue and nail the seat backs first, then the side panels and the top trim.
Attach the hinge to the lid first with countersunk screws and then attach the lid to the base. Use only a few screws until you test the fit. Repeat to install the second lid in the same way.