storage bench woodworking plans
36″ wide, 18″ high x 14 1/2″ deep.
Materials and Tools
1 – 1×12 @ 10 feet long (you can make mods shown in cut list to use an 8 footer, but the cubbies will be really short)
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
3 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
countersink drill bit
8 – 1×2 @ 6″ (Slats)
2 – 1×3 @ 33″ (Back)
2 – 2×2 @ 28 1/2″ (Back Legs)
3 – 2×2 @ 33″ (Back Support, Bottom and Front 2x2s)
1 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Seat)
2 – 1×12 @ 11″ (Sides) (Make this measurement 9″ if you want to get all your cuts in a single 8 foot 1×12)
1 – 1×12 @ 9 1/2″ (Center Divider) (Make this measurement 8 1/2″ if you want to get all of your cuts in a single 1×12)
1 – 1×12 @ 33″ (Bottom of Cubbies)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Width of your 1x12s – adjust to fit)
1 – 1×2 @ 36″ (Front Trim)
2 – 2×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Front Legs)
Mark out your back 1×3 boards for the placement of the 1×2 rails. Either drill a pocket hole in each end of the rails (1x2s @ 6″ long) or carefully predrill a hole for screws from the tops and bottoms of the 1x3s OR drill holes in both the rails and top/bottom for wood dowels. With glue applied, you will only need one screw per end of each rail.
I tapered the top of the back by measuring in 9″ from the end of the 1×3 top board and down 1″. I drew a straight line and cut with my jigsaw. Then I rounded the top with a sander to make it look like it is a arched top (its really not).
Finishing the Back
Measure and mark out the placement of the joints and predrill holes. Either use pocket holes or 3″ screws and glue.
If we are building a project that has storage in it, you are probably going to build a box. Screws and glue. 2″ ones will work just fine.
Trim out the box with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue. This should be a super easy step.
Build the front as shown above. Use 3″ screws and glue. Use finish nails and glue to attach the top to the legs/front.
Now the fun part. Attach the front and back to the box with 3″ screws and glue.
Mine is finished with High Gloss Paint from Valspar. I simply filled all my holes and other imperfections with wood filler and let it dry. I did a second coat, then sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. A coat of primer and two coats of high gloss white and the bench is done! Enjoy.