flip top storage bench woodworking plans
1 – 1×12 @ 12 feet long
1 – 1×4 @ 12 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″
2 – 1×4@ 38 3/4″
2 – 1X2 @ 38 3/4″
2 – 1X2 @ 17 1/4″
2 – 1X4 @ 8 1/4″
2 – 1X2 @ 8 1/4″
2 – 1X12 @ 42 1/2″
1 – 1×4 @ 48″
1 – 1×12 @ 48″
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
When I built my bench way back when, I did not even know about pocket holes. But you’ll find building this bench much easier with pocket hole construction. All you will need to do is make two frames for the front and back as shown in diagram.
And then make two frames for sides with the 1×2 legs instead.
Then just attach the four frames together, hiding pocket holes to insides.
Test fit the shelves inside the frame. You want snug, not tight. If you need to, you can trim down shelves. Once the shelves fit right, drill 3/4” pocket holes around all sides and fit into place. Attach with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.
The back portion of the bench is fixed. Attach with screws and glue to top of bench, overhanging ends by 2” and back by 1”.
The top front is just hinged to the top back with narrow profile hinges, installed inside the gap in between the top boards. The easiest way to do this is to position the bench top pieces as if the bench was fully open, and on the exposed inside edges, screw on hinges. Test to make sure bench closes well and adjust if necessary.
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.