Introduction: Bench With Storage
We needed a bench for our house but I wanted to use the space efficiently. So I built a simple Bench with Storage. This bench has drawers that sit on the floor but slide out very easily. These storage boxes are big and store a lot of stuff. Free plans are available at TheDIYPlan
You also might be interested in the corner storage bench that I’ve built previously.
• 4'x4' - 1/2" Plywood (x1)
• 2x4x8' (x4)
• 1x12x8' (x1)
• 1x8x6' (x2)
Tools for this project
• Jig Saw
• Kreg Jig
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Step 1: Cut Boards for Top of the Bench
First cut two pieces of 2x4 to 67” in length and two pieces to 11 1/4". Then using a Table Saw, rip off ¼” on both sides of the 2x4s pieces to eliminate round edges. Since 2x4s come with rounded edges and 1x12s come with straight edges we need to cut off rounded edges on the 2x4s for the boards to match perfectly. See picture of 2x4s with cut rounded edges. Than cut 1x12 to 64” long. Sand the boards before attaching them together. It makes things easier later on.
Step 2: Drill Pocket Holes
Step 3: Assemble Top of the Bench
Step 4: Cut Leg Pieces
Next cut four pieces of 2x4 to 14 1/2" in length and two pieces of 1x12 to 14 1/2". Then drill pocket holes as shown on the picture.
Step 5: Assemble and Attach Legs to Bench
Assemble the two legs using screws and Wood Glue. Then attach the legs to the top section of the bench.
Step 6: Attach Back Support
Cut one 2x4 piece to 60” in length and attach it to the back side of the bench 2” from the ground.
Step 7: Attach Middle Support
Next cut 2x4s for middle supports as shown on a picture. Place a mark exactly in the middle of the bench and then assemble using screws and Wood Glue. You're done with the bench, next step is to work on the boxes.
Step 8: Cut Plywood for Storage Boxes
Now we’ll work on the two boxes that go under the bench. Cut ½” plywood for the bottom, back and sides as shown on the picture. Since there are two boxes, cut two of each board.
Step 9: Assemble the Boxes
Step 10: Attach Box Supports
Both boxes will sit on two 2x4s that are 11" long. Attach these 2x4 using 1 5/8" Wood Screws.
Step 11: Cut and Drill Holes for Front Cover of Boxes
Take 1x8 and cut two pieces to 28" in length. One of the boards will be trimmed to 6 1/4" in width. Drill pocket holes on the smaller board. Using a 1 3/4" Hole Saw Bit, drill two holes to provided dimensions. Then with jig saw cut out between the two holes connecting them together. Connect both boards together using 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.
Step 12: Attach Front Cover to the Boxes
Step 13: Stain and Paint
Apply wood conditioner, stain and paint. You're done with DIY bench with storage!
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